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Protecting the environment should be about being pro-human

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Protecting the environment should be about being pro-human

In figures released by Eurostat this month, it was reported that only 6.4% of energy consumed in the Grand Duchy in 2017 came from renewable sources, making Luxembourg stand more than ten percentage points below the EU average of 17.5%as well as the member state producing the least amount from renewable energy. Granted, this number is up from previous years, rising from 5.4% in 2016, 5% in…

What the Dutch air travel tax proposal reveals about our political class

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
What the Dutch air travel tax proposal reveals about our political class

The Netherlands is pushing for a new tax on air travel. The story is very under-reported in the media, even though it reveals something quite striking about the current political establishment.   The most important reason   Dutch Secretary of State for Finance Menno Snel presented a report to the Council of Ministers of the EU arguing for a €7 tax (per passenger, per flight…

Is the Romanian PM right about the EU's hypocrisy on corruption and civil liberties?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Is the Romanian PM right about the EU's hypocrisy on corruption and civil liberties?

Romania's presidency isn't a smooth one for a number of reasons. For one, taking over the rotating Council presidency in a European election year means that the European Parliament will be missing as one of the institutional partners from April on. During this reduced time, the country will then be asked to finish a number of major-league legislative projects, such as the development aid…

The European Parliament is sabotaging its own democratic values

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The European Parliament is sabotaging its own democratic values

There is only one way of looking at the Leinen amendment in the European Parliament: it structurally tries to silence Eurosceptics.   Changing the funding of political groups in the EP   In an amendment submitted by the German Social Democrat Jo Leinen and supported by the EPP (European People's Party, centre-right), the S&D (socialists and social democrats), as well as the…

Stop using children for your big government political goals

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Stop using children for your big government political goals

France and Belgium are seeing thousands in the streets for both the Yellow Vest and environmentalist causes. The reality is that these two groups don't go together, because while the Yellow Vests express the concerns of real-life working people, the climate protesters are fuelled by the questionable orchestration of youth activists.   The generational divide of both protests  …

EU-supporters are showing their true colours

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU-supporters are showing their true colours

The pro-EU argument on euroscepticism is shifting just as the demand for exiting the EU is decreasing. The case against right-wing politics in Brussels is extremely telling about the motivations of EU-supporters. On Twitter, I stumbled upon a piece written in German for a blog called "Der (europäische) Föderalist" ("The (European) Federalist"), run by Manuel…

Tax competition again under fire by European Commission

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Tax competition again under fire by European Commission

The European Commission is attempting to secretly consult member states on unanimity voting on tax issues through a consultation process launched just before Christmas. In his recent piece titled “Don’t give The EU Commission more power to introduce new taxes“, Values4Europe blogger Anders Ydstedt lays out the pro-liberty case against the European Commission's push against…

France's extremes could capitalise on the yellow vest movement

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
France's extremes could capitalise on the yellow vest movement

The yellow vest movement has taken its toll on the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. Given the upcoming European Union elections in May, the French president has everything to lose. All the far-left and the far-right need to do is wait it out. For weeks, the "Gilets jaunes" (French for “yellow vests”) have been both protesting and rioting in the streets of the major cities of…

EU vs Disinfo: let's not build a Ministry of Truth

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU vs Disinfo: let's not build a Ministry of Truth

In an effort to combat disinformation online, the European Union has created a task force to "debunk" fake news online. The quality of this service is doubtful in itself, but, far worse than that, it is directly political.   Free press and government press   There are a number of reasons to trust or distrust a news source. One is related to the origins of its funding: if…

Macron's yellow vests concessions are bound to make things worse

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Macron's yellow vests concessions are bound to make things worse

In light of the yellow vests protests in France, president Emmanuel Macron has made a number of concessions to the movement. However, the people involved in the Gilets jaunes demonstrations aren't likely to be helped by those measures.   Macron's announcement   On Monday, Emmanuel Macron made a national TV announcement addressing the "Gilets jaunes" protests, and…

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