The EU is trying to buy off rising Polish opposition to joining the EU. He has said it will give 2.6 billion euros to ,,the Polish countryside"for ,,development aid"during the first three years of Poland's EU membership. It remains, however, determined to limit the level of agricultural subsidy paid to Polish farmers to 25% of what their colleagues are paid in the rest of the EU. [Radio Free Europe Newsline, 17th April 2002] This plan can only have one purpose: to eradicate Polish agriculture by driving Polish farmers out of business while keeping French, Spanish, British and German ones cushioned with subsidies. Poland will thus be turned into even more of a desert than it is already, at which point big Dutch and German agri-businesses will be able to move in and buy up the by then worthless land. European Foundation Intelligence Digest Issue No. 140, 18th April 2002 more…

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The foreign minister of Austria, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, has delivered a sharp reprimand to an apparently conciliatory remark made by the Commissar for enlargement, Günther Verheugen, about the relationship between the Benes( decrees and Czech admission to the EU. Verheugen had earlier falsely told the European Parliament that the Czech government had agreed to rescind the Benes( decrees if it found them incompatible with EU law: no such undertaking had been given and the Czech Prime Minister slapped Verheugen down sharply. Verheugen then went to Prague and said that the Benes( decrees were all in the past, that they had no judicial force any more, and therefore they should not become an issue in negotiations between the Czech Republic and the EU. more…

Ideologie und Praxis im 20. Jahrhundert Leipzig : Akadamie Verl.-Anst., 2001 ISBN: 3-931982-23-8 24.50 EUR more…

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Berlin Sixty years on, the Germans seem determined to reopen the argument over what happened when millions of them were driven out of Central Europe in 1945. Perhaps the Germans feel that they have listened enough since the war to tales about how horrible they were to everyone else and now they want to turn the tables. At any rate, following what seemed like a minor row between the Czech prime minister on an electioneering roll and the Austrian and German government, the Germans are now determined - with their usual grim thoroughness - to take the argument one step further and open a ,,Centre for Expulsion", whose aim would be to study the various bouts of ethnic cleansing which have afflicted Europe and the world in general, but especially the expulsion of some 15 million Germans after the war. more…