Paper-production is actually pushing humans to plant more trees, and that trees act as carbon sinks. Killing a tree is not a huge problem since you immediatly replace it
I am split. On one hand I support freedom of speech and I think it would be nice to enforce it. On the other hand I support Democracy and if the Brits want to restrict freedom of speech, an outer undemocratic body like EU should not be able to bar them.
But after some though, I think that there should be no natural laws. People sovereignty should be the source of any law and therefore Democracy should trump freedom of speech. After all in a democratic regime, freedom of speech restriction wan be overturned later by another sovereign decisionn therefore it is no big deal.
Greece has a military?
Here is a table of per-country military spending, as shared of GDP.
Even after EU-mandated austerity plans, Greece spends more than Turkey, but also more than France, United Kingdom, or China. I guess EU "partners" considered they were the best country to keep the Germany submarine industry alive.
pay you train drivers 7000 euors per month.
Do you have a source for that? (Bild does not qualify as a decent source)
The term slow torture is interesting. Eurozone "partners" indeed pressure Greece government to act against its own national interests.
The primary tool so far has been BCE supply of money to Greece's banks. While this mechanism has nothing to do with sovereign debt, it has been used as blackmail: "act as we ask, otherwise your banking system will collapse because of liquidity shortage".
The reforms they were not asked to perform are interesting. Greece has been asked to reduce salaries and pensions, and even to sell some territory. But when did EU "partners" did push for a tax reform so that the wealthier pay their share? When did EU "partners" asked for military budget reduction? When you have trouble paying debts, it sounds strange to let wealthy people's money leaking into fiscal paradises, and to buy submarines from Germany.
Indeed, the title negates the fact that states still have some sovereignty left.
A better title could have been "UK forces Amazon to pay its taxes"
Expert's opinion do not weight much. Even if they were all against it, as soon as there is profit to be made, it would happen anyway.
So a race to the bottom is the only solution?
It is the only alternative according to the stupid people that govern EU countries. But it is not a solution to improve anything. Even if we just blindly look at economic indicators like GDP, without any consideration for human beings, their politics are plain failures.
debts so bad the EU is rejecting their budgets and forcing them to reduce their spending
You have to tell the whole story
The robots from EU commission are allowed to have their word on France's budget because french president Francois Hollande signed a stupid treaty that binds state deficit below 0.5% of GDP.
This means at the same time France is borrowing money at a 0% rate, which is a bargain, and gets bad comments from EU commission because this is forbidden deficit.
Yes, and the riots in the streets of Paris
I wonder what riots you refer to. Any source?