|Soros calls on EU to promote 'global open society'|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Monday, 20 November 2006 17:00|
|George Soros, the financial investor that broke the Bank of England during the UK stock market crash, has called on the European Union to forget the EU Constitution and push for a "global open society" of democratic nations. Speaking yesterday at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Soros claimed the EU was an inspiring example of an "open society". He said the US was no longer in the position to set the world agenda, and that the EU should now play a more active role in world affairs. Soros also stated that a stronger Europe was necessary to counter-act Russian dominance. |
Quote: ""The world badly needs a more united Europe committed to a global open society," he stated, adding that the constitutional deadlock of the bloc "should not be used as pretext for inaction". Meanwhile EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who took part in the debate with Mr Soros, appeared to defend the constitution by saying "we are at a point where people want to know where the journey is heading". Open societies need to be "efficient in every direction" he said highlighting the overall efficiency gains provided by the charter.
I disagree with Soros, I think the EU is neither democratic nor an open society. Europe is ruled by a group of unelected burocrats in Brussels, who have the power to dictate what laws states can and cannot pass. Last year, for the first time in legal history, British law-makers had no sovereign right to decide what constitutes a criminal offence. The European Union has enshrined in law a basic set of criminal offences which must be adopted in all member states. States that refuse to adopt them could be penalized. This basic set of criminal offences are to be increased in the future. But criminal law is not the only sphere in which the EU has influence over. Also last year, the UK adopted homosexual civil unions into state law, despite a majority of people in this country opposed to the legislation. A Christian friend of mine who works for a political party here was told he could only abstain the gay "marriage" laws, because the legislation was coming from Europe, not Parliament. If he objected to the laws, he was told he could lose his house. Already, the UK is passing legislation which prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. The Christian Institute issued a circular around all the major denominations in Northern Ireland last week, warning of new laws the government is attempting to pass. If this new legislation becomes law, after January 1st, 2007 a Sunday School teacher who tells children that homosexuality is sin, or that sex is intended for married couples, could theoretically find themselves imprisoned. So much for an "open society". Looks like the sins of Europe are coming to the full.