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Express wrong to call green cars “waste” and wrong to suggest EU is prioritising them above terrorism

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

The Daily Express complains that the latest EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation work programme includes £112 million for electric cars. Electric cars can make an important contribution to cutting air pollution, which is estimated to cause 400 000 premature deaths in Europe every year.

So asserting that investing money in this area is “splurging members’ cash on waste” is, to put it mildly, ill-informed.

The Express compares funding for high-tech industrial research with “just £41m spent researching terrorism” and uses this to suggest to readers that the EU is somehow neglecting to take action on terrorism. This is a false comparison and a cynical and misleading conclusion to draw from it.

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Life sentences to be banned

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

EU bid to ban life sentences for murderers (Daily Express, 14 October 2004, page 10)
Judges would be barred from jailing murderers for life, under plans compiled by meddling European bureaucrats…The agenda includes the abolition of life sentences in the European Union, which would prevent our courts from handing down a minimum tariff of 15 years. The Eurocrats also want greater harmonisation of civil and criminal law- leading to the eventual unification of all member states’ legal systems.

There are no EU plans to bar judges from imposing life sentences on murderers, just a discussion paper intended to stimulate debate. In any case, the European Commission does not have the power to introduce such a ban – only the unanimous agreement of all EU member state governments, including that of the UK, could introduce such a law. Furthermore, no-one is proposing the “eventual unification of all member states’ legal systems”. However, it makes sense for EU countries to work together to tackle serious and organised crime of a cross-border nature, such as terrorism or human trafficking. Increased judicial co-operation and the recognition of court decisions across borders can play an important part in these efforts.

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