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We want pan-European politics, not a bureaucratic and undemocratic EU

The announcement that Libertas candidates would be running for election right across the EU’s 27 member states in the European Parliament elections generated great attention among fellow pro-Europeans. For years, the many who support European integration but resent the bureaucratic and undemocratic behemoth of the EU have been faced with frustrating choices at the ballot… Read article ›

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Responding to Ireland’s “No”: Let’s go back to one commissioner per country

Ireland’s “no” to Lisbon is hardly surprising when you consider what the people of Europe really want from constitutional reform. The Laeken declaration that launched the reform process back in 2001 spelt out those demands. It said “citizens are calling for a clear, open, effective, democratically-controlled Community approach, and therefore the Union needs to become… Read article ›

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Responding to Ireland’s “no”: We need to emphasise that the EU is a “citizens’ union” too

Europe’s leaders seem to have got the message; Ireland’s “no” to the Lisbon treaty is more than a message from the Irish. It is a symbol of the mistrust felt by people throughout the European Union. That apparently is why the European Council said Dublin could get back in October with ideas about Ireland’s next… Read article ›