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Euro-court outlaws criticism of EU
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
in Brussels
Daily Telegraph 2001-03-07

THE European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the European Union can lawfully suppress political criticism of its institutions and of leading figures, sweeping aside English Common Law and 50 years of European precedents on civil liberties.

The EU's top court found that the European Commission was entitled to sack Bernard Connolly, a British economist dismissed in 1995 for writing a critique of European monetary integration entitled The Rotten Heart of Europe.

The ruling stated that the commission could restrict dissent in order to "protect the rights of others" and punish individuals who "damaged the institution's image and reputation". The case has wider implications for free speech that could extend to EU citizens who do not work for the Brussels bureaucracy. The court called the Connolly book "aggressive, derogatory and insulting", taking particular umbrage at the author's suggestion that Economic and Monetary Union was a threat to democracy, freedom and "ultimately peace".

Daily Telegraph hade vänligheten att länka till Rolf Englunds sidor om Bernard Conolly

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Connolly to take case to Strasbourg
Bernard Connolly, author of a critical book about the Monetary Union, is not going to accept the EC Court's limitation of his freedom of speech. He is going to take the 15 EU member countries to the European Council's Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. .... more


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