Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected a referendum calling for the Swiss Constitution to take precedence over international treaties and law.
Two-thirds (66.2%) of voters in the November 25 referendum opposed the “self-determination” initiative, put forward by the eurosceptic Swiss People’s Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP), the largest party in the Swiss parliament.
SVP leaders had argued that the new law was necessary to safeguard national sovereignty from further encroachment by supranational organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations.
“Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty,” Merkel said, speaking at an event organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.
“In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel said, explaining that — while Germany had given up some of its sovereignty in order to join the EU, national parliaments were in charge of deciding whether to sign up to international treaties.
At the start of this decade, a minor story occurred that set the scene for the years that have followed. In 2010, a Saudi lawyer named Faisal Yamani wrote to the Danish newspapers that had published cartoons of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed. Claiming to act on behalf of 95,000 descendants of Mohammed, the Saudi lawyer said that the cartoons were defamatory and that legal proceedings would thereby begin.
However, everything about the supposed legal claim reeked. How had Mr Yamani located all these descendants? How had he come up with exactly 95,000 of them? And how could you claim that a statement about somebody who died 1,400 years ago was “defamatory”? Legally, one cannot “defame” the dead.
Everything about the claim was laughable Yet it had its desired effect.
Jean-Claude Juncker has criticised EU countries pulling out of the United Nations (UN) migration pact during a speech in Berlin, where he said Europe “must do everything possible” to kill populism on the continent.
“The Parliament is concerned by the increasing normalisation of fascism, racism and xenophobia and calls on EU states to ban neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups”, the EU Parliament writes in a press release.
In Hungary, Latvia, and Greece, travelers will be given an automated lie-detection test—by an animated AI border agent. The system, called iBorderCtrl, is part of a six-month pilot led by the Hungarian National Police at four different border crossing points.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini today said that the Italian government will not change its budget plan for 2019 despite the European Commission’s rejection of the government’s fiscal plan and call on Rome to rewrite the package within three weeks, employing the 2013 power to send back a budget of a euro zone country it says violates the rulebook.
Did you know that it was the EU which defeated both German Naziism and Soviet Communism? No? Well then I think you should thank President of the European Parliament – Italian (IMHO) cretin Antonio Tajani – for helping us all better understand history. In a speech yesterday to the toothless, corrupt, pointless, misnamed ‘European Parliament’, that historical expert – (IMHO) braindead, Europhiliac, waste of skin Tajani – claimed that it was the EU which defeated both Naziism and Communism.
Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution which urges the government “not to give in to blackmail” regarding the European Parliament’s report – written by Judith Sargentini – according to which the country is breaching European values.
The Hungarian government has released an English-language video taking aim at the “reckless” European Union establishment on mass migration, migrant crime, and terrorism, and vowed to “shake up Brussels”.
The proposal calls for the EU to abandon the idea that asylum seekers and immigrants should be redistributed between the member states. Instead it introduces policies to help people as close as possible to their homelands.
Unelected economic affairs chief of the EU, Pierre Moscovici, claims that “more progress in European integration” is what is needed to end populism, which as he describes it, is “a major threat for our democracies, for liberal democracies, for the rule of law and for European values”.