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Germany's anti-euro party is a nasty shock for Angela Merkel

Political revolt against the euro construct has spread to Germany.
A new party led by economists, jurists, and Christian Democrat rebels will kick off this week, calling for the break-up of monetary union before it can do any more damage.
"An end to this euro," is the first line on the webpage of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). "The introduction of the euro has proved to be a fatal mistake, that threatens the welfare of us all. The old parties are used up. They stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes."

When did 'unkempt' become a racial insult?

A former Government Education Minister has been subjected to a humiliating six-month ‘racism’ investigation after describing a constituent as ‘unkempt’.
Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea, was interviewed under caution by detectives for 90 minutes.
Officers also questioned Mr Loughton’s staff and trawled through his archives for ‘evidence’. They were acting on a complaint from a well-known local nutter, who claimed that the MP insulted his ethnic heritage.

Might the trouble not be that the Germans are too much like us?

A holiday in Germany? As Bee Rowlatt writes in today’s Travel section, the prospect is often met with disbelief in Britain. Why should this be? A clue is to be found in Philip Oltermann’s wry study Keeping Up with the Germans. He tells the story of Helmut Kohl’s attempt to convince Margaret Thatcher of the domestic virtues of his corner of Europe. At his favourite pub they were served a dish of plain but emotionally comforting food: pig’s stomach stuffed with potatoes and sausagemeat.

Latvia: Voices rise against further EU integration

The continuing onslaught of Western “values” is making Latvia a country without a future; the nation must stand up to it and defend itself, the popular composer and former Saeima member Imants Kalnins writes in an open letter printed in newspaper Neatkariga on Jan. 18, criticizing Latvia’s plans to join the eurozone.

Why Cameron should lead our country out of the EU

David Cameron should be roundly criticised for planning to delay a referendum on EU membership
A KEY political event took place yesterday. David Cameron was invited by Ed Miliband to guarantee that Britain would still be inside the European Union in five years and he declined to do so.
When the Daily Express began its crusade to get Britain out of the EU it would have been unthinkable for such an exchange to take place at Prime Minister's Questions.

The mellowing that comes with age isn't coming

"The declining years leave me doubtful of the things I was sure about in my youth
If I’ve bored you with this before, let me know; as the years speed by, I’m finding the old memory is letting things slip a bit. That’s not the worst of it, as those of you in the same sinking boat as myself will readily attest. I’m not whingeing about mere wrinkles, creaking joints, wondering what you’re doing halfway up the stairs, or Scouts trying to help me across the street. Or even the passing disinterest of pretty girls, for whom even an old geezer’s eye never fades.

David Cameron and George Osborne must stand up for Britain in Brussels

The PM is urged to “go into battle” at tomorrow’s EU summit in a hard-hitting report by the House of Lords EU committee.

EU leaders will try to thrash out a deal for a new banking union for the eurozone to end the single currency crisis. Mr Osborne will hold talks on the plans today at a meeting of EU finance ministers ahead of the summit.

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