First off, the quite unfortunate cessation of Kosovo from Serbia. The road to hell and all that. On Brussels Journal it is Joshua Trevino who gives us a short, concise rundown of the runup to this development and the tragic consequences Western idealism has had in this affair. If the signs are read correctly, the troubles in the Balkan are far, far from over. The Tap Blog tracks international reactions, noting the discord within the EUnion as to whether an independent Kosovo should be recognized. Apparently seven EUnion member states will not (yet) recognize the Kosovo government of which I am happy to report the Netherlands is one (mirror). Additionally, The Tap wonders whether Kosovo will prove to be the EUnion biting off more then it can chew:
The Serbs have a long history of making the task of running Balkan empires extremely taxing for outside powers. Even the USSR allowed them to run Yugoslavia independently of Moscow. Is this all about to become the EU's version of Iraq with growing Russian-backed Serbian resistance?Rounding of the Kosovo item, I'll just remind one and all of what Fjordman has recently said about a Kosovo independence.
The EUnions law has already been recognized as one of the great (kill-)joys of EU membership. A new directive calls for safety standards and testing of fireworks that are so complicated and costly that as of 2010 firework displays will no longer be (legally) possible in the EUnion. And even if legislation is produced with the best intentions, it produces results like this: Thousand of horses are being starved to death in Romania, as a direct result of (wrong?) implementation of an EU directive prohibiting horse-drawn carts.
Then there's the issue of the EUnion co-opting the journalist profession into the EUnions 'process'. The EUnion is starting its own accreditition for journalists, wich would mean that it would be the Commission which could decide which journalist were 'proper' journalists and which were not.
I know personally of journalists who have been threatened and arrested on the say so of European officials. They are accused of publishing inaccuracies, they are told that 'what they write does not represent the interests of their newspapers'. I know of newspapers that have had their advertisers phoned by the Commission's legal team with suggestions about how the Commission is represented in the paper, and how it would be helpful if they were to have a quiet word with editorial team. I remember when Alessandro Buttice the lawyer who represents OLAF as its press spokesman sent out a 16 page document to the Brussels' press corps advising them of how they should report EU news.Neither can we...
This new idea has a strong suggestion that the Commission itself will do the vetting not the news organisation and must be opposed as vigorously as possible.
I cannot emphasise how serious this could be.
And finally, from the same source (England Expects) the video of the Toy parliament handing it's president the arbitrary powers that will enable him to stifle any dissent in this supposedly democratice institution. See it and weep. This is how democracy is murdered. This is how a dictatorship takes form.