EU laws threaten sovereignty of the Member States

Summary

The EU is a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of European nation states. EU gun directives, forced migrant quotas or Article 7 procedures are used as a political tool to try to alter and change national legislation.

Disproof

The report advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative painting the EU as a disunited and disintegrating bloc, overseen by a central bureaucracy bringing harm to the sovereignty of member states.

Article 7 of the Treaty of the European Union may not be invoked unilaterally by any one state or non-elected EU institution. Instead, the decision on its triggering must follow a "reasoned proposal by one third of the Member States, by the European Parliament or by the European Commission," obtain the approval of MEPs, and pass a four-fifth majority in the Council of the EU (p. 19). It is not a political tool allowing Brussels to amend national legislation on an ad hoc basis, but a complex and lengthy procedure followed only in cases whereby a member state-level law poses a clear risk of a serious breach of fundamental EU values, listed in Article 2 (p. 17).

Likewise, the amendments to the 1991 Firearms Directive -- passed with unanimous support of EU member states -- were preceded by thorough policy debates among member states and members of the European Parliament. The process was accompanied throughout by fact sheets, studies, and press releases regarding its progress. The final version of the amendments was in fact the result of a compromise between the law makers.

The EU policy governing the migration flows is based on relevant Treaty articles, whereas secondary provisions addressing the types, volumes, and integration of non-EU migrants are implemented with the consent of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, legislation, European Parliament, European Commission, Brussels, EU disintegration, European values, Sovereignty, Migration crisis
  • Outlet: Sputnik News
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Western Ukrainian cities can join the EU by themselves

Western Ukrainian cities can join the EU by themselves.

Ukrainian nationalists should rally outside of Kiev, in cities like Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, as some Western Ukrainian cities are  themselves more likely to join the EU, without the rest of Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's disintegration.

The European Union is made up of Member States. Only countries can join the EU, not cities.

Notre Dame fire and Islamic terror attacks are probably linked

Now the French police tries to find out whether intentional arson was a reason of the fire of Notre-Dame and if it was, who then stands behind this intention? There were already publications in which recent attacks on churches in France are listed. The question of whether these attacks are links of the same chain arises by itself.

It is already clear to many people that these acts are the work of the Islamic State. Destruction of others shrines is a common practice for Islamists. What to say here about France which continues to accept migrants from the Middle East and North Africa in thousands. Worse is coming.

Disproof

The ongoing police investigation of the Notre Dame fire origin reveals that it was most likely due to a short circuit in a temporary elevator used for renovation works. The version of arson was not confirmed by any evidence.

Conspiracy claims based on false allegations. No dozen Churches were burnt in France recently. An accidental fire took place in a church in Grenoble last January, police concluded, reminds France3 in response to conspiracy theories claiming it was arson. Two minor arsons took place in Lavaur and Paris due to presence of homeless people in a church in one case and teenagers in the other one, as previously reported.

NATO is an obstacle to global security

As a result of its 2018 summit in Brussels, NATO has ceased to be a defensive alliance that contemplates the use of nuclear weapons only as an extreme measure. Instead it has become a “nuclear alliance” that no longer considers the use of nuclear weapons as an extreme measure. For this reason, NATO has become an obstacle to global security.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that US and NATO’s nuclear policies are a threat to world peace and security. See previous cases here.

It is not true that NATO has ceased to be a defensive alliance, or that it no longer considers the use of nuclear weapons as an extreme measure.