national sovereignty Archive

  • Stab in the back

    A persistent complaint from the eurosceptics is that the British people were lied to about membership of the EU.  Joining wouldn’t reduce our national sovereignty, we were told, and we are suffering now as a result of this deception. There are three responses to this. […]

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  • Who started the first world war?

    This year sees the centenary of the start of the first world war.  There will be commemoration of this sad anniversary throughout the country during the year, but there will also be much debate about the causes and consequences of the war, too.  While Federal […]

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  • Another corporate tax dodge

    Another corporate tax dodge

    This is, I suppose, the time of year for things to come back to life, and stories of corporate tax avoidance are among them.  It is reported this morning that online retailer Amazon pays no corporation tax on profits in the UK, despite sales revenue […]

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  • The national interest in Syria

    Foreign secretary William Hague has been outspoken in his criticism of Russia and China for their position on the conflict in Syria.  Those two permanent members of the UN Security Council vetoed a resolution that would have increased the pressure on the Syrian regime; instead, […]

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  • Alive and kicking

    A very interesting comment here by Centre for European Reform chief economist Simon Tilford, wondering whether the national governments of the member states of the eurozone have got what it takes for the eurozone to survive. He is very worried that they have not.  They […]

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  • Donald Tusk: European integration is not a threat to sovereignty

    “We lived for many years as a non-sovereign country, under Soviet occupation. For us European integration is not a threat to sovereignty because we experienced not long ago a serious threat to our sovereignty.” Polish prime minister Donald Tusk, 1 July 2011 Reported at http://euobserver.com/9/32578/?rk=1

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  • Neo-con nonsense

     This website posted in the Quotebank yesterday some comments made by the US ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, regarding the British relationship with the EU.  (Read them here.)  He said that “The US does not want to see Britain’s role in the EU diminished […]

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  • Patriotic sentiments

    The collision between national sovereignty and democracy got another illustration today, this time courtesy of the justice minister of India. Arundhati Roy, the novelist, faces the prospect of prosecution for having declared that Kashmir was not an integral of India.  The status of Kashmir is […]

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  • The state of the union

    You can read President Barroso’s “State of the Union” address, that he gave yesterday, here.  He did not utter the words of the American president each year, that “The state of our union is strong!”  He did not dare. For the state of the European […]

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  • The regulation of sovereign debt

    Economic commentator Anatole Kaletsky wrote an interesting article comparing sovereign debt with banking debt (read it here), but I am not sure that he is reconciled to the consequences. Anatole Kaletsky famously called for a bail-out of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, saying that the […]

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