EU Budget Talks Fall Apart

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PostMon Nov 26, 2012 9:09 pm » by Willease

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Once again, EU leaders meet and fail to agree on anything.

The conflicting opinions of the current 27 member European Union are weakening its stability.

EU leaders failed to agree on the next long term budget after a two-day meeting, November 22 to 23.
Leaders went into the meeting bitterly divided on whether the 2014 to 2020 budget should be cut or raised, with 11 leaders threatening to veto the talks. ... blame.html

Much of the European press focused on Britain’s isolation in the talks. Britain’s Parliament gave Prime Minister David Cameron an almost impossible target of cutting the budget, while most other leaders wanted it raised. ... -to-europe
European Parliament leaders singled Britain out for condemnation ahead of the talks, portraying them as greedy and selfish, unwilling to stand with the rest of Europe in a time of trouble.

In reality, Britain’s position was merely the most extreme of many nations demanding cuts. Even without Britain’s dissension, a deal would not have been agreed upon this week. Leaders now plan to regroup for another summit later and hope to agree to a compromise early next year.

The botched budget talks demonstrate that the EU is too large and unwieldy to achieve much more unity. When times were good, it was only after much contention that EU leaders agreed a long term budget. Now, with money tight, it is a serious possibility they will fail to reach any agreement at all. In that case, the budget must be decided on a year-by-year basis, with spending on different items approved by qualified majority voting. It would be a slow, messy and inefficient way for Europe to move forward.

The slow consensus decision making between 27 nations cannot go on for much longer. Europe’s problems are too big to be solved this way.

The only solution is to have a smaller group of nations willing to surrender much of their power to central organization.

It is obvious that Britain will not be in this core group. But other EU nations will either move or be pushed to the outside too. Watch for the EU to coalesce into a tightly controlled group of 10. :scary:

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PostMon Nov 26, 2012 9:51 pm » by monica44

The whole EU scandal is too contrived... The recessions have been proved to be manmade and can be reversed anytime they want, but then the banks are making a fortune out of our money while interest rates are low but exorbitant lending rates to bother doing anything for us...
While the governments think that they have us by the balls [until we unite as a race and fight back] keeping the majority gripped by fears of not having enough nothing will change until we do..
We have the power to fight back, stop dealing with banks and forget credit and pay with cash, only buy the things you really need, that would then force TPTB to sit up and take us seriously.
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey; Stephen Covey. EDIT, spiritual beings trapped in a human experience/prison.

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PostTue Nov 27, 2012 4:20 am » by Dagnamski

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