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2013
03/19

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Cyprus Cartoon

After Greece (May 2010) Ireland (November 2010) and Portugal (May 2011), Cyprus has become the fourth country to receive European Union and International Monetary Fund aid. The €10bn of aid is less than initially discussed and comes with conditions. However, unlike previous bailout terms, which have called for budget cuts and privatisations, now the EU and IMF want a tax on bank deposits. Spain, meanwhile, completed a deal to recapitalise its banks in December 2012, without signing any binding memorandum with the troika European Commission-ECB-IMF.

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Berend Vonk (b. 1962) is a Dutch cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer and painter. He works for TrouwHet Financieele DagbladVrij Nederland and Het Parool, among others. In 1993, he won the Ilse Frankenthal prize for young graphic designers and in 2009, the Stripschap, the Netherlands’ only prize for cartoonists.

Ack: Presseurop


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The Curse of Jesuit Dogma

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On the occasion of his first encounter with the press on March 16, Pope Francis, the first ever Jesuit pontiff, remarked that he “would like to see a church that is poor and is for the poor”.

He will be formally enthroned on March 19 in Rome, in the presence of numerous international leaders including the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

In the wake of the European summit on March 14 and 15, Van Rompuy appealed to Europeans to be patient, and affirmed that austerity measures advocated by the EU will require more time before they show positive results.

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Poverty!

And austerity!

The curse of Jesuit dogma!

London-born Nicolas Vadot (b. 1971) is a Franco-British cartoonist. He grew up in France, before moving to Brussels at 17. Winner of the Press Cartoon Europe (PCE) award, his cartoons appear in magazines like Le Vif/L’Express, the daily l’Echo and its weekly supplement Mon Argent.

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Tanks for the memory

With the news that some tank regiments will have to give up their tanks, Matt in the Telegraph, takes this decision a stage further …….

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US/EU free trade area – Stars and Stripes?

During his annual State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama announced that the United States would launch global trade negotiations with the European Union in order to establish a free trade zone.

The proposal was greeted with enthusiasm in Brussels, Berlin and London, although Paris showed a little less eagerness, according to Le Monde

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Born in Ludwigshafen in 1939, Rainer Hachfeld is a German playwright and political cartoonist. Having studied art in Berlin, he began his career as a caricaturist inSpandauer Volksblatt in 1966, and then in EXTRA-Blatt. He has also contributed to Stern and Der Abend. Since 1990, he has worked with the socialist daily Neues Deutschland.

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Now Matt has a nag

I have featured cartoons published by Presseurop who at last feature one by someone who I believe to be the best in his field, namely Matt of the Telegraph.

The horsemeat which wound up in frozen foods in the United Kingdom and France has a tangled history. It seemingly arrived from Romania after being ordered by a Dutch broker who had been sub-contracted by a Cypriot colleague, who was himself under orders from a French butcher, who in turn was hired by a Luxembourg company that was a subsidiary the French branch of frozen food multinational, Findus.

Matt-horse-meat-490Born in 1964, Matt Pritchett is a cartoonist for the British press. After contributing to the New StatesmanPunch and The Spectator, his cartoons now regularly appear in the Daily Telegraph. In 2003, The Observer rated him one of Britain’s 50 funniest people.

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Media reaction

Much has appeared in the press about David Cameron’s speech yesterday and prior to starting on that, two cartoons (Ack: Presseurop) as cartoonists invariably hit the proverbial nail on the head.

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Politics Home have a feature they call “Today’s Top Ten Must Reads“, which unsurprisingly have only one item that is not about Cameron, his speech and the European Union. The authors of these 9 articles include the usual suspects – Peter Oborne, Timothy Garton-Ash, Mandelson, etc etc. – they can be accessed from the preceding link.

Another of their features is “Today’s Five at Five” (same link) and of those 5 articles, 3 are writing on the same subject as this morning’s 9. Cameron must surely  have hoped that his speech would “park” matters EU to one side and methinks, in this regard, there is little hope of that.

Adding to the articles above, Presseurop has a round-up of some of the views expressed in newspapers on the continent which, it writes, provokes reactions ranging from outrage to – more frequently – understanding. Some of the extracts quoted contain what may be termed “enlightening” statements.

In this post Richard North, EUReferendum, makes some very, very important points where conduct of the forthcoming – if one can use that word bearing in mind the coming forth is 4/5 years away – referendum is concerned. As he writes, this will not be a game but a battle for the future of our country as an independent nation; and name-calling can only denigrate the efforts of those who will be fighting Europhile politicians, their sycophants and the media – not forgetting the European Union.

Besides the renegotiation meme, another that seems to be gaining traction within the media is that should the UK cease its status as a full member of the EU, then trade is no longer possible – coupled with the idea that access to the Single Market is only possible by means of being a full member. To combat these “ploys” – and no doubt similar to come – we do indeed need to get down to work.


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2013
01/17

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The problem with the European Union

On the basis that “the old ones are the best ones” where humour is concerned, a step back in time:

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May 29, 2005: when French voters rejected a referendum to decide whether France should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union. “Europe would work better without all these Europeans”.

A statement to which they are now adding: “and the bloody Brits!”.

For years, Patrick Chappatte has commented on events inside and outside Switzerland. His work is published in Swiss and international media including the International Herald Tribune, Le Temps and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag.

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2013
01/17

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The next EU Heads of State Dinner (seating plan)

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London-born Nicolas Vadot (b. 1971) is a Franco-British cartoonist. He grew up in France, before moving to Brussels at 17. Winner of the Press Cartoon Europe (PCE) award, his cartoons appear in magazines like Le Vif/L’Express, the daily l’Echo and its weekly supplement Mon Argent.

 


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2012
12/21

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Apocalypse – Yes, but when?

Despite the most pessimistic predictions, the single currency will survive the year 2012. However it remains to be seen how countries like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy or France will fare 2013.

Born in Switzerland in 1952, Peter Schrank worked as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator in London for 20 years, before moving to Suffolk in 2002. He regularly publishes cartoons in The Economist, The Independent, Basler Zeitung and the Sunday Business Post. Honoured in the British Press Awards in 2000 and 2004, in the year 2000, he received the Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award, which is granted by the United Nations Correspondents Association.

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Following ‘pants down’ Ashdown……….

Courtesy of Presseurop:

“Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who won approval from London to hold a referendum on whether Scotland should chose independence from the UK in 2014, has repeatedly assured Scots that should the nation choose independence, it would become a prosperous state at the heart of the European Union. However, the European Commission have told a Lord’s Committee that an independent Scottish state would have to reapply for EU membership, dealing a significant blow to his reputation and the case for Scottish independence.”

Steve Bell (b. 1951) is an English political cartoonist. He is probably best known for the daily strip called If…, which has appeared in The Guardian newspaper since 1981. Since the mid-90s he has also been the Guardian‘s principal editorial cartoonist.


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