13th December 2011: This was a contribution made by Andrew Brons MEP, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate in the European Parliament this afternoon on Human Rights "The High Representative spoke of the importance of freedom of thought and expression and free use of and access to the internet in all countries but not apparently in member states of the EU. "However, non-violent and non-abusive freedom of expression in speech, writing and on the internet on academic subjects is denied even in member states of the EU. Political parties that have no connection with violence or terrorism are banned in founder members of the European Union. "The recent discovery of a murderous Nazi gang in Germany quite rightly attracted utter condemnation and concern among the security services that were unaware of it. However, the announcement from Mrs Merkel that she would use this vile terrorist group as a pretext, for seeking to ban a political party, with which it had no connection, was an appalling indictment of that country. "It shows that the current leadership of Germany has learnt nothing from its unfortunate history."
13th December 2011: For the second time this week, Andrew Brons was unsuccessful in his attempt to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, this time during a debate on a Common Security & Defence Policy. At the beginning of the debate, Andrew made his intention known that he wished to speak under the Catch the Eye procedure, but once again he wasn't called. He would have told MEPs: "A common defence policy is predicated on a common foreign policy which the EU has been seeking in vain, despite the appointment of a High Representative, because a common foreign policy depends on common perceived interests. Our interests might overlap but they are not conterminous. "The Rapporteur envisages an end to so-called wasteful overcapacities and duplications and a pooling and sharing of certain capabilities and support structures. In other words the Rapporteur envisages, with approval, an end to any member state being able to pursue an independent foreign and defence policy. "If I were a resident of the Falkland Islands, I would already be concerned at Britain's diminution of its naval power. A contemplation of our being unable to respond to an Argentinian attack without the consent and support of our Continental neighbours would certainly give me nightmares. "There is also a real danger that understandable concerns about autocratic régimes in the Middle East and North Africa, might spill over into unnecessary military conflict. "Military alliances can easily turn a dispute between two countries into a major war. Remember 1914."
13th December 2100: Yesterday evening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons was disappointed that he wasn't called under the Catch the Eye procedure to make a contribution to a debate on the conclusions of the Economic Council meeting. The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber had asked to speak at the beginning of the debate, but was still not chosen. Had he been called, Andrew would have said: "Whilst I am pleased that David Cameron vetoed the Treaty, I cannot applaud his motives. "If Germany and France had agreed to a supposedly legally-binding protocol protecting the City from further regulation and from a financial transactions tax, he would have agreed to it. "If he is opposed, in principle, to fiscal union, he should not allow himself to be persuaded to consent to it, simply because it would not apply to us in the United Kingdom. That would be unprincipled and hypocritical. "Cameron is being applauded by his Euro-sceptic wing, when his rejection of the Treaty was cynical and pragmatic and not absolute and principled. "Anyway, he has probably not succeeded in saving the City of London from regulation, because the legislation can be pushed through the Council by qualified majority voting. "However, if it's any consolation for poor Mr. Cameron, whilst the seventeen plus will certainly be able to reach an agreement outside the auspices of the EU, it will be an agreement binding in honour only. It will not be enforceable by the institutions of the European Union."
13th December 2011: The heroes of the Ukrainian history are the Cossacks who have defended their Christian faith against both the Tartars and the Turks. So it's not surprising that the construction of a huge mosque in Kiev with a capacity of 3,000 has alarmed the city's Christian community. A foundation stone for 'a small mosque' was laid in 1991, but since then the Kievan City State Administration has allowed additional allotment of land and building permits for an entire Islamic complex containing the mosque with its minaret, a prayer hall and educational centre. In a letter asking MEPs to highlight the issue of the growth of Islam in Europe, the Secretary of Bishops of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate says that people need to be reminded that there are now more than 50 million Muslims living in Europe today. It says: "In Germany more than 3,000 mosques have been built over the past 30 years while a large number have also been built in England, France, Holland and other European countries. "During this same period there has been much bloodshed in Muslim countries where the victims have been Christians. "We ask international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union speak out and not remain silent like world powers did on the genocide of 1.5 million Armenian Christians by Turkish Muslims less than one hundred years ago in 1915."