Anthony Coughlan | DUBLIN | | irland
(Anthony Coughlan)

DUBLIN Interview with Anthony Coughlan, Professor Emeritus in Social Policy at Dublin University (Trinity College Dublin), Director of the National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, writer and commentator on EU affairs. more…

DUBLIN/BERLIN | | irland

DUBLIN/BERLIN (Own report) - Opposition to the expansion of the German-European military policy appear to be growing in Ireland. EU operations in Africa, which are to be reinforced, as Berlin has announced, are primarily serving to protect the interests of former colonial powers, declared representatives of the opposition last week in the Irish parliament, demanding that Irish troops not be sent to participate. Military neutrality has deep roots in Ireland and is still supported by an overwhelming majority of the Irish population - according to a poll, by nearly 80 percent. Because austerity dictates are still in effect, even after the troika's departure, criticism of the Berlin/EU crisis policy has not abated among Irish citizens. The social situation is deteriorating and, under the weight of the crisis, the country has the highest emigration rate in Europe. The Irish are "well aware" that German banks are the principal beneficiaries of the EU crisis policy, confirmed Anthony Coughlan, Professor Emeritus in Social Policy at Dublin University (Trinity College Dublin), Director of the National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, in his conversation with german-foreign-policy.com. more…

No Means Yes

DUBLIN/BERLIN | | irland

DUBLIN/BERLIN (Own report) - This coming Friday, the people of Ireland will repeat their referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, under strong pressure from Brussels and Berlin. Just a few days before the referendum, German President, Horst Koehler signed the Lisbon Treaty, concluding the ratification process for Germany. This is supposed to be a "signal" to the Irish to withdraw their "No" from the June 2008 referendum and vote "Yes," it is being said in the German capital, where prudent optimism reigns. Under pressure from the continent, Dublin launched an intensive PR campaign tailored to win over the opponents to this elite project, particularly among the urban lower strata and rural inhabitants. Therefore, this referendum can serve as a barometer for how well the elite of the EU, by means of simple PR, will be able to neutralize democratic resistance to their project of domination. In Berlin it is being pointed out that even if the Irish vote "Yes", there is still a danger coming from Great Britain, where, under certain circumstances, the population could also be called upon to express their opinion on the treaty. German political advisors are predicting a clear "No" if this happens. more…

BERLIN/DUBLIN/PRAGUE | | irlandtschechische-republik

BERLIN/DUBLIN/PRAGUE (Own report) - Berlin is increasing the pressure on the opponents to the Lisbon Treaty. According to the Vatican German pressure is being applied. German politicians are demanding that the Irish Bishops publicly call for a "Yes" vote in the re-run of the Irish referendum to avoid a renewed defeat. The government in Dublin will announce the modalities and the timetable for the referendum re-run after consultations with the German chancellor at the EU summit this week. As a supplement, the German government has launched a campaign against the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, whose negative attitude endangers the treaty's ratification. In the Czech Republic, the treaty enters into effect only after the president has given his accord. Václav Klaus is the "spiritus rector" of the "anti-Europeans" and "not harmless," according to the chairman of the social democratic group in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, from Germany. Schulz announced his intentions to show the Czechs "their limits" also during their term as President of the European Council, which begins January 1. more…

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS/BERLIN | | irlandusa

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the run-up to next week's EU summit, a German EU politician has threatened the Irish government with "disastrous consequences". According to the influential German CDU member of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, it is imperative that Dublin present its concrete proposals for winning a second referendum on the "Lisbon Treaty" at the meeting of the EU heads of states and governments. They are under time pressure because of a possible change of government in London. Meanwhile there is talk in Brussels of bringing sanctions against Dublin, if the treaty is not soon ratified, Ireland may possibly have to renounce on its EU Commissioner. At the same time high-ranking German European parliamentarians have launched a campaign against the Irish treaty opponents. Their agitation for the "No" was possibly financed by the US military and secret services, alleges the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering (CDU). The German media is claiming that there is a "conspiracy of anti-Europeans." This is because opponents of the treaty are seeking to forge an EU-wide alliance of Euro-skeptics for the coming EU Parliamentary elections next June. There is an attempt to stigmatize the Euro-skeptics as influence agents of the CIA. more…

BERLIN/DUBLIN | | irland

BERLIN/DUBLIN (Own report) - A German EU politician is demanding the subordination of all EU governments to a common PR strategy. It is "a scandal" that "the Council of Ministers and therefore the governments of the EU" have "refused to establish a common communications concept with the European Parliament and Commission" declared the member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jo Leinen of the SPD party. This criticism arose from the attempts to induce the population of Ireland, using intensive propaganda, to vote "Yes" to the Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum. These PR measures must be carried out in all EU nations, because resistance can be expected everywhere, insists Leinen. In the meantime, the schedule for the next steps in the process of implementation of the Lisbon Treaty is becoming concrete in Dublin. This foresees a repetition of the referendum next year. Berlin is pushing for an early date, before the European parliamentary elections. The core European states' pressure, demanding a precipitated second referendum, is causing serious controversy in Ireland. The vast majority of the population rejects the revision of their last June's "No". more…

Plan B

BERLIN/DUBLIN | | irland

BERLIN/DUBLIN (Own report) - Systematically using threats, German government policy makers for European affairs are trying to intimidate Ireland into repeating the Lisbon Treaty referendum. According to interviews and analyses subsequent to last Friday's "No" vote, it is being suggested that a few insignificant concessions be added to the treaty and again voted upon - possibly linked to the question of Ireland's remaining in the EU. To enable the Irish government to impose a second referendum, plans are being forged to bring the Lisbon Treaty into effect - even without Ireland which could, to a large extent, isolate Ireland. The creation of a German-French "core Europe" remains an alternative option. Since, according to Berlin, the implementation of these plans would mean the end of all democratic legitimacy of the European Union, they should as a first step merely serve as a threat, while simultaneously, if the Irish refuse to yield to these intimidation efforts, being an introduction of a concrete policy option. The prerequisite is that all of the other EU member states ratify the treaty, as demanded by the German government. more…

Roger Cole | DUBLIN | | irland
(Roger Cole)

DUBLIN german-foreign-policy.com interviewed Roger Cole on Irish neutrality and the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Roger Cole is Chair of the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA, www.pana.ie). more…

DUBLIN/BERLIN | | irland

DUBLIN/BERLIN By using pressure and heavy threats, Berlin is seeking to prevent a "No" to the EU treaty in Ireland's referendum on June 12. The EU Parliament's President Hans-Gert Poettering (CDU) is demanding that "politicians of all sides" in Dublin explain the advantages of the EU to the population. Elmar Brok (CDU), a member of the European Parliament, declared that a "debate on Ireland's withdrawal" from the EU should not be excluded, if the treaty is rejected. According to opinion polls, the approval sought by Berlin, is in danger and therefore also the EU treaty's coming into force, which would permit the smooth appointment of a European foreign minister and the corresponding European foreign service, along with preparations for establishing a European army. These objectives are very important to the German government, as Foreign Minister Steinmeier recently confirmed. Fearing to be drawn into Europe's future wars, many Irish are insisting on their country's neutrality. They are rejecting the "EU treaty", because it would accelerate the EU foreign policy's further standardization and militarization. Giving in to pressure from Berlin, the Irish government is campaigning against a significant portion of its own population, and therefore drawing criticism. more…