The leader of Italy’s premier conservative party “The League” has launched a hard-hitting campaign for upcoming elections based on a platform of national sovereignty in the style of Donald Trump and Brexit.In one of his campaign posters, Matteo Salvini takes on the European Union (EU) head-on, proclaiming “Slaves to Europe? No Thanks,” a notion that resonates among Salvini’s base of Italians who believe that their nation has yielded far too much of its sovereignty to Brussels bureaucrats. In recent days, Salvini has assured his supporters that if elected he will pull Italy out of the European common currency, insisting that the euro is partly to blame for Italy’s economic crisis. “I remain convinced … that the euro under these conditions was an error, which we will remedy,” he said earlier this week. Salvini’s other slogans are equally provocative, promising stricter border controls, deportation of illegal immigrants and … [Read more...] about Italy’s Center-Right Launches Full-Throttle Campaign: No Longer ‘Slaves to Europe’
Millions of Britons could have their access to free health insurance taken away after Brexit, a parliamentary report has said. MPs on the health select committee urged the government to offer more guarantees for Britons visiting the continent after hearing evidence that without the right to receive treatment in countries that are part of the European Economic Area, people with cancer could find it too expensive to go to Europe. In a strongly worded report on the effect of Brexit on health and social care, the committee said the challenges created by losing reciprocal health arrangements should not be underestimated. British travellers can currently use the European health insurance card (Ehic), which guarantees access to healthcare free or at a reduced cost in Europe. The EU member state providing treatment is able to claim back costs from the patient’s home country. Some estimates suggest that up to 27 million Britons have cards. The inquiry heard evidence that losing this … [Read more...] about Britons could lose health cover in Europe after Brexit, report warns
The cost of treating British people who become ill while travelling in Europe is five times higher than the cost of treating ill visitors from other European countries in the UK, official figures show. The Department of Health data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that it cost £30m in 2013-14 to meet the costs of European visitors using the National Health Service. This is less than one-fifth of the £155m cost to other states in the European single market for treating ill British tourists. The figures for costs are for the medical treatment of European Economic Area tourists under the European health insurance card (Ehic) and cover visitors rather than residents or temporary migrants, but critics say they “puncture a big hole” in claims that health tourism is costing Britain dearly. A £200-a-year health “surcharge” was introduced this week for all new migrants from outside the EEA who stay in the UK for longer than six months. … [Read more...] about Treating UK tourists in Europe costs five times more than equivalent cost to NHS
US President Donald Trump wants to put America first. And China is not exactly a champion of democracy and human rights. That's why some Europeans think that it's time for them to step up to the plate and play a more important role on the world stage. At Davos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron both spoke out for free trade, international rules and universal humanist values. The only problem is that the EU itself is deeply divided. The financial crisis has left deep scars, unemployment is high in many countries, the migration crisis has strained relations between member states, and nationalism is on the rise. Nonetheless, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström believes that Europe has a lot to offer to the rest of the world. Speaking on the "New Momentum for Europe" panel, Malmström said she saw the current lack of leadership from the US as an opportunity for the EU "to show we can do good trade agreements which are … [Read more...] about Davos: New momentum for Europe?
Next year, the US military plans to conduct its largest drills on European territory since the Cold War, Major-General Barre Seguin, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Employment, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, was cited by Reuters as saying Wednesday. Seguin said that during the exercises slated for April and May, about 20,000 US troops will be send to Europe and that “we have not demonstrated this ability to rapidly reinforce, from a transatlantic perspective […] for 25 years or so”. He insisted that holding such drills “really demonstrates transatlantic unity and the US commitment to NATO”. Part of the war games will be the US Army assessing its capability to transport its soldiers overseas to Belgium and the Netherlands as well as to NATO’s eastern flank through Germany and Poland, according to Seguin. He likened the drills to the “Return of Forces to Germany”, or “REFORGER” manoeuvres held in the 1980s. A … [Read more...] about US Army Plans to Conduct Its Biggest Drills in Europe Since the Cold War – Report