Late September 2015

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It’s been another week where the machinations of government have revealed themselves to us mere mortals with interesting conundrums posed each day they go on.   The wave of refugees flooding into Europe in ever increasing numbers have set off a panic among Europeans not just because of their sheer numbers, but also because so many people making these treacherous journeys in are viewed with suspicion. It is very much about what kind of people will be your neighbours with who will you be building your communities.

With the first tens of thousands of refugees Angela Merkel decided she would open her arms and welcome these people thinking that would be it, there would only be a finite amount of people coming through. When it emerged that these tens of thousands of people would be joined by tens of thousands more the idea of quotas was voiced.   Now Merkel is being plainly insensitive to historical events, just over a hundred years ago the Ottoman Empire was thwarted in its efforts to dominate Europe and export Islam into Europe. Whichever it is, it is her decision alone to accept these refugees into Germany and the consequences of them.

However what happened next reveals Germany’s true nature to dominate Europe without mandate, without sovereignty.   Germany decided it would cut funds to those poorest European countries who have only recently emerged from conditions endured under WW2 by political design who are ill equipped socially or structurally and certainly have no wish to live under Islamic influence.  Before  starting to assume this means those countries who lived under Soviet rule have racist elements in them I would like to remind them that in the middle ages when much of Europe were busy kicking out the Jews, Poland offered them a safe haven.  Not only were Jews welcomed with open arms but they were allowed to have their own businesses and live with Talmudic law alongside Polish law, so such a label does not apply in this instance.  Those dues have been more than met, there is no need to prove anything to anyone anymore.

First of all, Europe cannot and should not take in whole populations of countries outside of the EU just because they happen to land on our doorstep. Would anyone take in a beggar just because he/she knocked on your door and asked for food & shelter?   Of course not. Maybe some food if you could spare it, but not shelter.

Many of those coming in under the radar are better clothed than many Europeans, have the latest smart phones and are openly aggressive towards Europeans once they reach Europe.   This does not bode well for future relations.

Europe may feel bad because it has colluded with USA actions in the Middle East and feels now it owes a debt to them. This is true, but only to those who have been affected.   To the many coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan and surrounding areas there is no such obligation and they should be processed and returned.

If it is the case that countries and the people within them have the freedom to self-determine what kind of place they wish to live in, then Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria & Poland have the right to determine they are exclusively Catholic countries without being punished by the withholding of much needed funds.   Germany, France and the EU have no sovereign mandate or authority to dictate to other countries how they should live nor how many “refugees” it should take.

This, along with the EU handling of the Greek crisis is pushing Europe to breaking point. If the reality of the EU is that we have to fit into some kind of idealised American version of a union where one-size-fits-all, as seems to be the case, the EU will be very short lived. I certainly don’t forsee this institution remaining as it is for much longer and I think the countries within it will be much better off outside of its grasp.

While there are some good things about the EU such as better workers’ rights and so on, it is becoming a straightjacket nobody wants to be in. As an aside, I watched a speech in the EU by Jean-Claude Juncker where he spoke to each country’s MEP in their own language and in English made it very clear he was in favour of TTIP.   The manner in which he said this made me think, he’s been bought off, been given a back-hander. The applause given was very muted indeed and rightly so. A piece of legislation being discussed in secret across both sides of the channel must be viewed critically as it does not benefit the inhabitants of Europe.

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