Wed 9 Mar 2011
Summary: The unreliable, dictatorial and misanthropic EU works in secret and is doing all tricks in terms of building an overarching union, preventing referenda by its citizens, that e.g. Sarkozy deems too dangerous for the elite´s Europe to be entrusted with referenda.
The latest edition of this sneaky kind of politics is a secret plan, the “Competitiveness Pact” to strengthen the euro - but especially to displace unions from their traditional influence over workers´ pay and agreement conditions, a position which has been won over the last 100 years. The EU will take over dictating these conditions. The plan is expected to be finally adopted in June. Countries must adapt ‘wages with productivity.” Collective negotiations between workers and employers - must be decentralized, = weakened. Stop indexing wages to inflation - in one way or another. The document makes explicit demands for wage moderation and reducing services in the public sector “to further open up protected sectors” and to end the “closed shop” (where an employee must be a member of a union). Member states will also be required to: a. introduce amendments in their constitutions to limit national borrowing b. harmonize their corporate tax base and c. link retirement age with life expectancy. To ensure that Member States stay in line, they will be monitored by the European Council on the basis of Commission reports.
Some proposals go beyond what the EU itself has the legal right to do. They argue that the move “requires a shift to a higher degree of policy coordination, especially in areas that fall within national jurisdiction. They add:” [These changes] should include a special effort beyond what is already available as well as concrete commitments and actions that are more urgent, more ambitious than those already agreed.” The president of the EU´s public officials calls the plan “”a power grab by conservatives, neo-liberals and above all corporate interests to bury social Europe for good.”
Danish Prime Minister Lökke Rasmussen is so sorry not to “have influence” in Euroland. He is seconded by the Belgian MEP, Guy Verhofstadt, who said that Denmark should join the euro to form a counterweight against Germany and France, who have dictated the above plan! But at the same time, Verhofstadt is putting forward a probably successful proposal acc. to which the EU Commission alone should have the say about national budgets and national economic policy - leaving nation states entirely out. This fox talk to the chicken run has been heard so often before. When did Denmark last “speak against Rome”? Not since 1864! Lars Lökke Rasmussen has never done so - and the Prime Minister to come, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is tied hand and feet by her membership of the Bilderberg and The European Council on Foreign Relations. An opinion poll now shows 45% for and 43% opposed to the abolition of Denmark´s 3 EU opts-out. A euro referendum by June is being mentioned, so that Lökke Rasmussen can proudly wag his tail in the EU council for having cheated the Danes again. His predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was received in the EU Council with standing ovations for having cheated the Danes of a promised vote on the Lisbon Treaty, which according to EU Constitution´s father, d’Estaing, was the EU Constitution, simply disingenuously torn up and relocated in previous treaties that we had first voted no for - then yes because of the opts-out. Fogh Rasmussen avoided a referendum by relocating 9 unconstitutional elements of the Treaty to the opt-outs. Now they are back to cheat the Danes once again with a sleight of hand, removing the opts-out - whereby we shall unwittingly have voted for the EU Constitution. This is the EU and its Danish politician hirelings in a nutshell: Conmen.
The EU is an unreliable, untruthful, propagandistic police state enterprise with the dictatorial European Arrest Warrant and death penalty. The EU detests its citizens and is not static but ever-expanding on behalf of the New World Order and its banks and here and here (see videos on the right margin of this blog). We also know this much too well from the Lisbon Treaty and here and Euromediterranean Project. Therefore, the below undemocratic mischief is hardly surprising – but nonetheless amazing.
M&C News 2 march 2011: The competitiveness pact is among the euro-strengthening measures to be discussed at a meeting of eurozone leaders on March 11, ahead of the next EU summit on March 24-25. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Wednesday renewed their call for a financial transaction tax to be implemented in the European Union.
EUOBSERVER 2 March 2011: Angry at economic governance proposals by EU leaders that aim to push down wages, public sector unions have “dared” governments to hold referendums over a ‘Competitiveness Pact’ currently being hashed out behind closed doors.
“Which of these EU government leaders dares to put the Competitiveness Pact, which goes so very far in asking for legal or constitutional changes to enforce budget deficit targets, to a referendum asking the people if they agree or not?” Jan Willem Goudriaan (right), the head of the European Public Service Union, told EUobserver after reading a leak of the outlines of a radical eurozone reform plan.
The blueprint, drafted by commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and discussed on Monday (28 February) in Brussels by diplomats, is a shopping list of demands including: keeping down wages across the eurozone; reducing public services; constitutional changes limiting government borrowing; and moving away from labour-based taxation towards consumption-based taxation.
1. One of the main elements in the four-page document, which was obtained and published by the FT, would require countries to “align” wages with productivity. The commission and Council would monitor “wage and productivity developments”, comparing unit labour costs across the EU for each major sector of the economy and against those in major trading partners - meaning those in, for example, the US and China. If wage increases in particular countries begin to cause an “erosion of competitiveness” the country will have to “commit to address these challenges in a given timeframe.”
2. The document also says that collective bargaining - negotiations between workers and employers - must be decentralised. Centralised bargaining occurs when instead of one workforce negotiating with one employer, groups of employees in the same industry bargain with all the employers in that sector.
3. An earlier version of the pact had proposed an end to the indexation of wages to inflation, a phenomenon that occurs in a handful of member states in certain sectors. Under the Barroso-Van-Rompuy plan, this is changed to say that such systems must be improved, but still ensuring price competitiveness.
4. The document explicitly demands wage restraint in the public sector to “further open sheltered sectors” and end the “closed shop” (where to be hired, one must be a member of a union).
5. Member states would also be required to:a. introduce changes to their constitutions to limit national borrowing; b. harmonise their corporate tax base; and c. link retirement ages to life expectancy.
6. Ensuring that member states stay in line, they would be monitored by the European Council on the basis of reports from the commission. The process would form part of the recently established European Semester, a centralised EU system of intervening in the drafting of national budgets (before these are presented to national parliaments).
The authors appear to be aware that some of the suggestions go beyond what the EU itself is legally allowed to do. They argue that the move: “requires a shift to a higher level of policy co-ordination, in particular in areas that fall under national competence. They add: “[these changes] should involve a special effort going beyond what already exists and include concrete commitments and actions that are more urgent, more ambitious than those already agreed.”
Although the document makes mention of “respecting national traditions of social dialogue and industrial relations” the proposals represent an unprecedented interference by the EU in the collective bargaining process. Mr Goudriaan said the proposals cover issues that are the domain of workers and employers “and the EU institutions should keep their hands off them.”
“The suggested proposals do nothing to get the many banks and their CEOs who engaged in speculation and short term greed,” he said. He called the plan “a power grab by conservatives, neo-liberals and above all corporate interests to bury social Europe for good.”
“How does a wage freeze for a nurse that takes care of elderly people foster economic growth and address youth unemployment?” he added. “Yet somehow the exorbitant salary and scandalous bonuses of a banking, insurance or other company executive who cuts jobs and squandered away billions is supposed to assist Europe to grow out of our economic woes? There are no proposals in this pact to cut or tax these salaries.”
The Financial Times 27 Febr. 2011: Diplomats who have seen the plan, said the pact includes many of the same principles contained in the German initiative. Officials familiar with the new proposals said senior aides to both presidents had consulted with all 17 governments to come up with a compromise plan that could be agreed at a special March 11 eurozone summit.
EUOBSERVER 3 March 2011: The EU’s economic convergence plans are forcing Denmark to reconsider its euro opt-out, with a referendum on “modernising” Copenhagen’s relation with Brussels possibly taking place by June.
With plans for a “Competitiveness Pact” currently being drafted by EU institutions to replace a Franco-German draft on pensions harmonisation and constitutional “debt brakes”, Denmark does not want to be left out of the decision-making process, due to not being in the single currency.
After meeting a group of MEPs on Wednesday, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lökke Rasmussen said his countrymen should reconsider the opt-outs in a referendum, especially since Denmark will take over the EU’s rotating presidency on 1 January 2012. “There are both the euro pact and the presidency, issues which make it relevant to consider whether we should modernise our relations with the EU,” he was quoted as saying by Politiken daily newspaper.
The referendum may take place before the summer in order to give Mr Rasmussen a clear popular mandate when he participates in a June summit where EU leaders are set to decide on the competitiveness pact. “It depends on what the pact will consist of exactly, but clarity [in a referendum] may be needed,” he said, while stressing that he has no intention of trying to “sneak” Denmark into the euro. “Currently, there is a no to the euro that is in place and that limits the degree to which we can be part of eurozone co-operation,” the premier explained.
Danes rejected adopting the euro in a referendum held in 2000. But this time around, poll figures indicate a slight majority in favour of scrapping all three Danish opt-outs (the euro, EU defence policy and justice and home affairs). Dubbed the “Big Bang model”, a referendum on all three opt-outs may be more successful than holding a referendum just on euro adoption, with 45 percent of Danes in favour of this move, according to a Megafon poll carried out in February. But the margin is still narrow, with 43 percent opposing it and 12 percent undecided.
A strong advocate for Denmark’s euro-accession is Belgian Liberal MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who points to the fact that the country’s economy is already fully integrated into the eurozone and that the Danish krone is pegged to the euro. In addition, he believes that there is a need for a small country like Denmark to counter-balance Germany and France who “dictated” the competitiveness pact being currently drafted for the 17 member-strong eurozone. Scrapping the EU opt-outs could also serve the Liberal premier ahead of general elections in the autumn as both opposition parties are internally split on the issue.
But some Danish politicians warn against holding a referendum. They point to Mr Rasmussen’s low popularity suggesting voters may use the opportunity to sanction the government.
EurActiv 7 March 2011 Liberal MEP leader Guy Verhofstadt said the Merkel-Sarkozy plan was based on the intergovernmental method, while his proposal was based on the Community method, putting the European Commission, not member states, in the driving seat. Putting EU countries themselves in the driving seat will lead only to failure. The EU executive should monitor European economic convergence and governance, Verhofstadt said, imposing corrective action or even sanctions on countries that fail to comply with it. Among possible sanctions, he said countries could lose financing under various programmes.
Parliament sources told EurActiv that the Verhofstadt paper might have a great chance of playing a role in defining future EU economic policy.
If European workers will swallow this, they certainly do deserve to be reduced to kulis. They have swallowed Muslim mass immigration and ensuing violence and abolishment of the social state, the Lisbon Treaty, which paves the way for such absolute power over general wealth and poverty, they have swallowed that our sons are being killed in Afghanistan and elsewhere to “make a difference” – for whom? People who won´t even protest are doomed.
It is interesting that Lökke Rasmussen calls a bombing of workers back to the situation 100 years ago a “modernization”. It is obviously illogical. And that he can link the country he is responsible for, Denmark, to a sinking currency as the euro, a staunch political project aimed at creating a dictatorial union as George Soros demands, a project that outstanding economists say does not have the necessary economic foundation or homogeneity to survive another 5 years, is directly irresponsible. Even the euro´s father, Robert Mundell, has said that the euro is merely a transitional phase to a new and bigger, even more untenable project, the world currency. The euro can only be kept alive in a massive union with the right to tax the last cent out of our pockets - or as long as Germany will foot the bill (in fact, war damages).
But the matter is that Lökke Rasmussen, like all other “politicians” today, is deeply dependent. They are puppets in the hands of the small illuminati clique, which owns the world’s money and has bought/threatened everything and everyone into submission - the media especially.
Abolition of the Danish opt-outs is a despicable, dirty trick which exposes the true nature of the EU. Fogh Rasmussen cheated the Danes of a promised referendum on the EU Constitution. According to the Constitution´s father, Valéry Giscard d´Estaing, the Lisbon Treaty is simply the Constitution, just split up and distributed in older treaties, to which we first voted no – but then yes – without the later transferred paragraphs from the Lisbon Treaty – in return for the opts-out! Fogh was received with standing ovation in the EU Council for his betrayal – later rewarded with the the highest NATO position. His reasons for not holding a referendum was that 9 unconsstitutional elements of the Treaty could be relocated to the opts-out. Now the “politicians” are ready to cheat us again, just a snap and guaranteed without further explanation, to remove the opt-outs - whereby the Danes unwittingly will have voted for the EU Constitution!!
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