Should the EU be Dismantled?Should the entire European Union simply be dismantled? I've started to wonder whether the whole thing, just like Islam, coincidentally, is simply beyond reform and a threat to democracy:
UKIP wants UK referendum on EU withdrawal
A British party has set up a nation-wide campaign aimed at gathering enough signatures to petition for a referendum on Britain's future in the EU. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), a eurosceptic group, launched its "let the people decide" campaign on Monday (12 September) and hopes to gain two million signatures. "This campaign offers an opportunity for the British people to have a decisive say in the running of their country, said UKIP MEP Roger Knapman. If such a referendum were arranged and Britons voted to leave the EU, it is unclear how the withdrawal would actually come about. To date, the only similar example is when Greenland went from being a full member of the EU as part of the Danish commonwealth to becoming a part of the Overseas Lands and Territories (OLT) grouping in 1985. Greenland's withdrawal meant no more EU access to Greenland's immense fishing territories.
British EU leaders urge Blair to end secret law-making
TONY BLAIR must use his power as President of the EU to end the “medieval” practice of European legislation being decided behind closed doors, according to an unprecedented joint declaration by the leaders of all British political groups in Brussels. Critics claim that the Council of Ministers, the EU’s supreme law-making body, which decides two thirds of all Britain’s laws, is the only legislature outside the Communist dictatorships of North Korea and Cuba to pass laws in secret.
The very few countries in Western Europe that are not full members of the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland, have some of the strongest economies in Europe:
The EU can work for Britain - if we quit
Consider the members of the European Free Trade Area (Efta): Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Lichtenstein. According to the OECD, per capita GDP in the four Efta countries is double that in the EU. Euro-apologists are, naturally, quick with their explanations. "You can't compare us to Iceland," they say, "Iceland has fish." So, of course would Britain, but for the ecological calamity of the CFP. "We're nothing like Norway," they go on, "Norway has oil." Indeed; and Britain is the only net exporter of oil in the EU. Then my particular favourite: "But Switzerland has all those banks." Yes. And London is the world's premier financial centre. If 4.7 million Norwegians or 280,000 Icelanders are able, through bilateral free trade accords, to furnish their peoples with the highest standard of living in Europe, how much more could Britain achieve?
Norway elections to spark new EU discussion
After rejecting EU membership twice in referendums, the current Norwegian government - made up of pro-and anti-EU parties - agreed to freeze all talk on Norwegian EU membership. Rich, oil-producing Norway was generally perceived in the EU as an easy and even attractive country to get on board. But the Norwegians themselves were always split on the issue and may turn down membership in a third referendum. Norway voted no to joining the EU in referendums in 1972 and 1994.
The Northern Fringe: Better Out than In the EU
Norway has rejected EU membership twice in referendums, first in 1972 and again in 1994. As a consequence the EU is not very eager to enter into new negotiations with the Norwegians. The pro-EU movement in Norway, too, has conceded that it is pointless even to consider new negotiations before there is a stable and vast majority for membership among the Norwegian people. At least 60% has been mentioned in that context. Iceland is better out than in the EU. The recent United Nations report on living standards and wealth published only a few days ago shows Iceland in second place after... Norway. So why should both countries even consider joining the EU?
Iceland: The Vikings On the Move Again
There was a time when the Vikings did not create wealth, but robbed it from others. Those days are over. Today Iceland is one of Europe’s most prosperous economies. Until the late 1980s Icelandic society could be described as deeply socialist. Today libertarianism and economic reforms towards a more liberalised economy are simply seen as the mainstream political ideology in Iceland.
Switzerland lies on top of the wealth tree
The World Bank has reported that Switzerland is the richest country in the world, with a per capita wealth of $648,241 (SFr816,913).