Folkrörelsen Nej till EU

I joined this Swedish No to EU several years ago. One of the leading lights of this is Gösta Torstensson who produces the monthly newsletter. He also has a public website gostatorstensson.blogspot.com/in Swedish., and a movement website in Swedish. This is the english version of his monthly newsletter for March (I used mechanical google translate), reproduced verbatim, with only minimal editing of the translation. This is primarily to provide non-Swedes with an insight into the level of discussion.

News from the People’s Movement No to the EU
March 15, 2014

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EURO COUNTRIES INCREASES
SPAIN ASKS EU FOR HELP TO STOP THE MIGRANTS
GREEK BANKS NEED BILLIONS
IRELAND GDP SHRINKS
CYPRUS privatize – DO emergency loan FROM THE EU AND IMF
SOROS ALERT FOR EU RESOLUTION
Jörg Haider DAUGHTER NEW TOP CANDIDATE
POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST UNION PROTEST IN ATHENS
FRANCE MISS BUDGETARY
ECB RATE LETS BE
RISK OF REDUCED turnout
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EURO COUNTRIES INCREASES

“The Union [ie. EU] building blocks belong to avoid excessive economic differences create friction between the member countries. “Dagens Nyheter‘s editorial [14 March].
In reality, behind the EU propagandists the pious hopes / false pretenses, the differences between the 28 EU countries, particularly among the 18 countries included in the European monetary union, EMU, with a supranational currency [euro] and central [strategically placed in German Frankfurt].

Since 2006, Germany, the EU’s largest economy, reported growing trade surplus. The surplus for 2013 to 198.9 billion [1850 billion]
– Is the largest and equal to 7 percent of Germany’s GDP.

A country’s surplus assumes other countries’ deficits.

Greece’s trade deficit in 2011 was almost $ 38 billion [242 billion]. And Germany is Greece’s biggest trading partner. Countries with excessive deficits must put themselves in debt. This is one large German banks that lend money to Greece at high interest rates.
The question is how Greece will emerge from the trap, after the obligations of membership in EMU deprived itself of its own currency and monetary policy,
while the so-called troika [the EU Commission, the European Central Bank, the ECB, and the International Monetary Fund] dictates the terms of the Greek fiscal policy.

Gösta Torstensson

SPAIN ASKS EU FOR HELP TO STOP THE MIGRANTS

Spain will spend the equivalent of 20 million in new safety devices and more border police to prevent migrants entering into the Spanish enclaves in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez said during a visit to the enclaves, to over 80,000 African migrants now are heading towards Ceuta and Melilla.
– 40,000 people in Morocco waiting to illegally cross the border into Spain, and a further 40,000 waiting on the border between Mauritania and Morocco, said Diaz to Spanish media.

Representatives of the Spanish officers’ unions argue that the enclaves are facing an invasion. Just for one day in early March 1500 migrants tried to storm and break through the fence that surrounds the Ceuta.

2005, the authorities reinforced the fences around the Spanish enclaves with Concertina 22 which is a kind advanced barbed wire, which consists of 22 mm high razor-sharp blades, which sits 38 millimeters apart. Since then, hundreds of people cut themselves bloody on the leaves. At least one person has died, according to the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung In one report on the EU’s external borders are blood-drenched.

The government in Madrid is also negotiating with their colleagues in Morocco for a quick return migrants directly, even if they entered the Spanish territory.

The Home Secretary also asked the EU to contribute € 45 million [approximately 400 million] to strengthen border controls.

Gösta Torstensson
GREEK BANKS NEED BILLIONS

Greece’s banking system will need to bring in approximately € 6.4 billion in additional equity.

The four largest banks, which are considered as systemically important, get to the middle of April in which to present plans on how to get into the capital; including further reductions of their balance sheets, to seek new capital funding or to seek government support. It says the country’s central bank Bank of Greece reports the magazine Business World.
Eurobank (aka European Central Bank), which is already nationalized, requires the RBI assessment bring in the most, some 2.9 billion. National Bank of Greece, the country’s largest bank, needs to bring in 2.2 billion euros. The slightly smaller Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank needs € 425 million respectively EUR 262 million.

IRELAND GDP SHRINKS

Ireland’s gross domestic product was down by 0.7 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2013. The quarterly rate, GDP down 2.3 percent. It can be seen by Dow Jones Newswires, reports Business World. Throughout 2013 Irish GDP shrank by 0.3 percent compared with the year before.

CYPRUS privatizations – emergency loan FROM THE EU AND IMF

Cyprus Parliament recently approved the privatization of an electricity company, a telecommunications company and two ports which until now operated under government auspices, reports the Reuters news agency. Privatisation is a precondition for Cyprus to be granted loans from the EU and International Monetary Fund. Now Cyprus is expected to get a loan of 240 million euros in mid-March.

30 members of the conservative governing party voted for the proposal in Parliament that a total of 56 seats. Left Bloc voted against the proposal.
– This is just the beginning of our work and the start of the privatization process, said center section leader Nicolas Papadopoulos who voted for the proposal.

Among the loan requirements are that 1,800 public sector workers will lose their jobs, pay freezes for state employees and frozen pensions.
SOROS ALERT FOR EU RESOLUTION

European politicians must act to Europe will not be affected by a 25 years stagnation similar to Japan’s. So says the American-Hungarian financier George Soros in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

First, having integration within the currency union proceed, and must de-regulate which led to banks decreased lending changed. And Europe would suffer the same illness that Japan is not certain that the EU will survive, he argues.
Soros has previously criticized the medicine in the form of harsh cuts prescribed countries like Greece and Spain.
Jörg Haider DAUGHTER NEW TOP CANDIDATE

The daughter of the deceased Jörg Haider has been appointed to the top candidate for the far-right party BZÖ in Austria for the spring elections to the EU Parliament. The choice of Ulrike Haider-Querica, 37, can be seen as an attempt to lift BZÖ [Alliance for Austria’s Future] who lost voters to the other right-extreme party in Austria, the FPÖ [Austrian Freedom Party], as the European elections of 2009, 12 , 8 percent of the votes. In the Austrian parliamentary election last autumn, the FPÖ full 21.4 percent of the vote.
POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST UNION PROTEST IN ATHENS

When the transversal front PAME, which has close relations with the Communist Party, staged a demonstration recently in central Athens police went on the attack.

When the protesters would go to the Treasury blocked the road by police with batons and tear gas attacked.
The violent the response is related to the Greek government had temporarily banned demonstrations. The reasoning was that Germany’s president was visiting Athens.
FRANCE MISS BUDGETARY

EU countries’ overall fiscal deficit is expected, according to the EU Commission, to fall to 2.7 percent of GDP this year, while the national debt is heading towards 90 percent of GDP. The roof is 3 and 60 percent.

But France, the EU’s second-largest economy, will be increasingly further from the budget target with an expected deficit of 3.9 percent next year. Last summer, France was the deadline for achieving the goal extended by two years until 2015 in exchange for its completion of the so-called structural reforms.

According euro countries so-called fiscal pact may be the “structural deficit” reach a maximum of 1.5 percent of GDP, otherwise threatens fines of up to 0.2 percent of GDP.
ECB RATE UNCHANGED

European Central Bank, ECB, decided at its meeting on March 5 to leave the policy rate unchanged at 0.25 percent.

The Executive Board, which sits in the giant EuroTower in Frankfurt, consists of six independent members appointed by the euro area Heads of State and Government.
RISK OF REDUCED turnout

Almost two out of ten voters will certainly vote in the European elections. But one in three Swedish is not aware of the EU elections. It is clear from the first public opinion survey on the Swedish EU elections. Just under one in five voters say they definitely will vote in this spring’s European elections.

Adding the category that says they probably will vote growing group voice prone to half of all Swedes. But there is a big uncertainty. It appears from a recent opinion survey by SIFO done for Europe portal.

– If you ask people whether they should vote, the result is often eight to ten percentage exaggeration in voting intentions. Right now we see a turnout of around 40 percent, says Toivo Sjörén opinion Manager at SIFO.

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