Fischer speech sparks fears Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister, said EU voters should directly elect the president of the European Commission --currently appointed by EU governments. Less than a day after Tony Blair had dismissed claims of plans for a European superstate, Fischer made clear that Germany was intent on closer political union.
Ministers to force through gay law Ministers insisted they would force through measures to lower the age of consent for male gay sex to 16, despite its being thrown out by peers for the third time. The government plans to invoke the rarely used Parliament Act - which allows it to override the Lords if peers defeat a bill -- if they do not back down before the end of the month.
EU ruins farmers A report by the government's Better Regulation Task Force claims that farmers are losing money and smaller producers are being driven to bankruptcy by the "overzealous" adoption of EU red tape. …