European Thoughts

Le Point (Hebdomedaire d’Information):

Sur aucun des grands sujets qui préoccupent les gens – prix du carburant, coût de la vie, surévaluation de l’euro, immigration – l’Europe n’apport de réponse intelligible. Pourqoui voulez-vous que les citoyens, quand ils sont consultés, n’expriment pas leur mauvaise humeur?

The Malta Independent (daily news)

The GRTU, Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, said yesterday that the government was either totally cut off from reality or was dealing with a financial crisis which was forcing it to do what it did not want. It was commenting on the sharp rise in fuel prices which yesterday saw a litre of petrol now costing 1.197, or 51c4, of diesel 1.206 or 51c8 and of kerosene 1.206 or 55c6. […] The GRTU said that the government was raking in more revenue with every price rise and this was because after imposing customs and excise taxes on each litre sold, the government also imposed value added tax. Government spokesmen, the GRTU charged, blame the European Union and claim that nothing can be done about this. It added it had raised this issue with the European Commission and it was insisting it was not true that the government could not reduce taxes to make good for the price rises occurring abroad.

Le Point (Hebdomedaire d’Information):

Ils (les partisans de Lisbonne en Irlande) n’ont pas seulement été incapables de “vendre” ce texte certes abscons, ils ont aussi fait preuve d’une rare désinvolture. Le nouveau Premier ministre, Brian Cowen, a reconnu qu’il n’avait pas lu le traité. Le commissaire européen Charlie McCreevy a cru bon d’ajouter qu’il était inaccessible à une personne saine d’esprit. Quant à Mary Coughlan, numéro deux du gouvernement, elle a publiquement affiché sa méconnaissance du dossier en assurant que les grands pays avaient deux représentants à la Commission, alors, que ça n’est plus le cas depuis des années.

Not really a Non Sequitur. More like looking at a weathervane and seeing where the wind is blowing. Too much work to blog more than this. Have a good day.

 

 

6 responses to “European Thoughts

  1. Government spokesmen, the GRTU charged, blame the European Union and claim that nothing can be done about this.

    I have heard of many instances were government blame unpopular policies on the EU. But this is the first time where a national organisation is (to transliterate) “putting the words in the government’s mouth”. Anyone can mention one instance where the government is blaming the rise in the price of fuel on the EU?

  2. Can anyone indeed? I don’t think they did. I also remember however that this government sent contradictory messages about the state of the economy. The surcharge needs to increase because of the price of oil but the departure tax can be removed because we have a stable economy and we can afford it.

    This post was a sort of No Comment. There is nothing I agree or disagree with. It is a selection of quotes from papers/magazines I read today. Just for you to note while on your blogging sabbatical… I hope you sabbaticalise safely🙂

  3. danny attard

    Europe may have promoted itself to its level of not-being. It craves to be a united states of Europe applying globally its influence and power; taking decisive action in the face of economic realities.

    Europe lacks a Garibalidi with a driving reason to metamorphose the old continent into a USE. Within this context it will continue to attract criticisms for failing to do something it is not designed to do, as it will continue to attract praise for something it did not really do (talk of the Irish miracle in Europe – it has very little to do with the EU and much to do with real tangible US investment in Ireland made by third generation US Irish since 30 years ago. OK so the eu market did make it more enticing for such investment to come see and thrive).

    The EU project is a necessary one if we are to sustain core values and life-styles. The project is still however very much in its infancy stage and the progress lever is locked on dead-slow ahead. I do not recall any major event in history having been designed in corridors and state-of-the-art offices and conference halls. Europe needs a Bismarck yet the psyche of a united Europe is seriously scarred by the failed attempts of Bonaparte/Adolph while even Charlemagne’s attempt was not so spectacular.

    We will know that Europe has come of age when we all take our EU flags to the stadium to support USE vs Norway, China or India🙂

    Please make allowances for a flippant morning mood.

  4. danny attard

    On a more serious note;

    Buffon, Lahm, Ramos, Puyol, Pirlo, Zanetti, Lampard, Villa, Torres Rooney, Ronaldo,

  5. Guzeppi Grech

    Far be it for me to defend GRTU, but the way I understand it is that they (GRTU), are saying that the Government blames the EU for not being allowed to lower TAXES on fuel. After all the more the price of fuel rises, the more taxes the government gets. Now that I believe is also not a non-sequitur.
    Cheers!

  6. Guzeppi Grech

    Far be it for me to defend GRTU, but the way I understand it is that they (GRTU), are saying that the Government blames the EU for not being allowed to lower TAXES on fuel. After all the more the price of fuel rises, the more taxes the government gets. Now that I believe is also not a non-sequitur.
    Cheers!

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