6 Aug 2014

EU Crisis: London Mayor Examines Life After an EU Brexit : Ukraine at Boiling Point: Gaza Turkey Shoot


World conflicts are spreading, opposition to a full spectrum dominated uni-polar world gathers pace, the EU is settling on shaky ground, Russia is teaming-up with Iran and maybe China, the Arab world is building several asymmetrical armies, Ukraine threat to peace looms ahead and London’s Lord Mayor flirts with the British Euroskeptics while announcing plans to enter the UK parliament.  The August silly season is not looking so funny anymore.

The EU is a “misbegotten political project” that has left millions of young people on the “scrapheap”, Britain will have a “great and glorious future” if it leaves.

He really means London of course. What has come to knowledge and looks certain is the rise of the super-city in the near future. London’s economy is set to double over the next 20yrs to £640 billion. That’s Ireland, Portugal and Finland combined. With this sort of clout why should London consider playing ball with the new Brussels dictate!  Skeptic politics is on ascendancy. Only a reformed EU can swing the balance towards an inclusive and progressive Union. What takes decades to build can be destroyed in days and weeks.
Israel completes the latest in a series of battles for its long war to establish a Jewish state. The incursion
into Gaza in July 2014 resembled a "Turkey Shoot" of civilian men women and children. Image Jerusalem 1990


Ukraine (the borderlands) crisis is deepening. Ukraine has potential to fracture Europe in ways similar to post WW11. Russia can see how the western world is reacting to Israel’s conflict with Gaza’s civilians. It all pretty much smacks of who dares wins and don’t hesitate to strike for home interest when the time is right. Think Iraq, Grenada, Panama, Vietnam, Bay of Pigs, Dominican Republic, Laos & Cambodia, Lebanon, Somalia, Haiti, Libya & Afghanistan.
If Russia invades the Ukrainian Borderlands to protect Russian people and home economic interests, Western condemnation will fall short after the world witnessed a grossly disproportionate incursion by Israel into Gaza in order to protect similar objectives.

3 Jul 2014

EU Crisis: Strasbourg Parliament Evokes Existential Tremors: Skeptics get their top Bogey-man



Juncker gets the top post, Federalists are happy and so are the Skeptics. 

 A Europe consisting of 40% die hard Skeptics will not unite the EU project. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.  Debate over Europe’s direction is getting real and that’s where E.U. parliament comes into play.

Who is Federalist!  Of course, it’s the poor, the needy, the insecure, the East, the Globalist fraternity, some socialists and some centre right and a wee bit of the rest of the party..
Who is Skeptic! Of Course it’s the nationalist historians, freedom fighters, die hard democrats, Nation Staters and those who see Brussels conspiracies.

The EU Parliament in Strasbourg. It finally got its way on something in selecting a new Commission Bogey-man.
Where this newly empowered European institution will lead us is any ones guess. Image 2014 

A Der Spiegel journalist once remarked to me “A problem with Europe is its people’s willingness to follow leaders without properly realising where they are being led.”

But then I heard an Irish say “You can’t force people to go where they don’t want to go.”
And so there we have it! The difference that is, between concepts and strategies, even policy and political philosophy.

One group thinks and chooses while others trust and follow. Both seem to work and both seem to fail. “It’s order in chaos & chaos in order!”


The Strasbourg parliament should assert itself within the Europe project. There needs to be many mechanisms for open and transparent debate should the Federalist movement prevail and unite citizens.
While at the same time use these same mechanisms to create an exit should the project lead us into political folly and confusion.

8 Jun 2014

EU Crisis: Why Brit Skeptics are Right to Oppose Tunnel Vision Juncker & the Federalist Agenda.


In the eyes of the British and their skeptic allies across the continent, latest assessments on Brussels diktat rule are clear. Federalist agendas have made a mockery of their own slogan “United in Diversity.” The unchecked march to “More Europe” is over, over, over.

Europe must change direction away from “A Tunnel into Chaos. It must reform its modi operandi. The Skeptic genie is out of the bottle and will grow in strength with every unpopular Law, Decree & Suggestion emanating from the corridors around Place De Luxembourg in the heart of Brussels European Quarter.

·         It’s not just the conceited, self-assured crossing the square each morning to go to work.
·         It’s not just the bitter taste of decline and humiliation of those told to shut-up and tighten-up.
·         It’s not just citizens watching the bludgeoning gravy train rolling on and on; never, never, stopping at their station. Or any station.
·         It’s not just the fancy, but meaningless, slogans and speeches from EU officials.

I was told today Golden Dawn sang the Nazi Party hymn yesterday;
 outside the Greek parliament no less.
 But hey, somebody has gotta show those Troika fellas what’s what.
 Main Image taken in Skeptic Netherlands. 2011
President Herman Van Rumpuy said in his state of the Union address, October 2013;

 “We are not living the nationalisation of European politics, no, we see the Europeanisation of
national politics”……..he went on to pronounce;

·         In all the immediate action for ‘survival’, we never lost sight of the long-term.
·         See our efforts to build a stronger monetary union, ,
·         See how we carefully avoided to fight this crisis by sowing the seeds for the next one.
·         We will come out of this more resilient, I am convinced of that.
·         The political will of leaders to preserve Europe's unity, to preserve Europe's future cannot be underestimated.
·         The rest of the world has discovered our determination, a determination that was top often underestimated.
·         We have shown it these past five years, and we will continue to do so in the years ahead.

He then says;

·         I know the European idea is under pressure in a lot of our countries, if not all…….  
·         But ultimately, we will convince people not with rhetoric and words alone (even if words are needed), but with results, with growth, with jobs.

And so fellow citizens, that’s the point………………… the results……………A ground swell in extremism and a full on embattled debate between National governments and the Federalist agenda.


 Who dares wins /who wins takes all.

This ain't no Tunnel of Love I see ahead but interesting times……….. Arbitris Consuli Continuare ..the debate continues

31 May 2014

E.U. Crisis: Formation Lines Emerging After Skeptic Election Surge.


The De Facto “High Priestess” over Europe, Chancellor Merkel, endorses EU Federalist Jean Claude Juncker’s Commission presidency hopes. 

The Skeptic camp based in UK, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands and Sweden, have voiced opposition to his selection.

To them he is an unyielding candidate, totally dedicated to Brussels style Federalism at all costs.

Main contenders, Martin Schulz LF & Jean Claude Juncker  RT vie for  votes to be commission president.
Do the skeptics really care. Is it already over for them. Are the Federalists gonna forge ahead regardless and
re-create an EU out whats left. Europe just got interesting again. Main image: by European Parliament service.    


This internal election will be a second test to decide if Europe is about to split into ideological warring groups, dedicated to all out victory over reform.

Juncker declared his right to rule after the European Peoples Party won largest party, but not the most seats. In the recent parliamentary elections, his share of the take was 24% of the votes and 34% of the seats.

A pretty impressive number, even if it is a drop in party MEP’s.

However, there is no given right to rule, in the rule book! A slip of the tongue perhaps or perhaps a divinity, after all, this man is very used to ruling.

Many candidates will be eligible for the vote and consensus should prevail in the end. One would think so, but then Brussels is technocratic and opaque.

Oh Dear, may I raise my hand to ask for more!!!............. Europe is just so interesting these days.    
     

26 May 2014

E.U. Elections: A Time to Listen: A time to Reform: A Time for Participation


Three issues dominating the European Union, Reform for Governance
The free movement of People and the Euro. A real opposition is on its way
to the EU parliament. The days of living on easy street are
over for the technocrats. Image: Strasbourg and Frankfurt. 
2014 E.U. elections have returned the roots of a strong tangible political opposition into Europe’s parliamentary chambers. It is a long awaited opposition to the unchecked faceless technocrats and passionately obsessive Federalists who have been leading the project to date.
Across Europe the results show a backlash to how the Union is managed by those in Brussels. Change must happen and happen soon.

The first big tests for the new embolden parliament are centred on three issues

Reformation of governance; Swift change from technocratic rule to parliamentary democracy is vital.
Without the mechanisms to alter major political and economic courses set by a few Federalists from Luxembourg and Belgium, then democrats across Europe will simply leave the Union.

The second issue is the free movement of people across Europe. This is a fundamental principal and pillar of the Union. But citizens who work hard all their lives and who have built up their strong economies are loathed to hear on TV documentaries; how new arrivals of often marginalised people congratulate their hosts on how generous their benefits systems are to them.
Marginalised and vulnerable people need to be settled, educated and given a sound stake in their future. Not tour their neighbour’s benefits systems willy-nilly for easy money and claim it’s their right to do so under EU law.

The third issue is the Euro. The statement in July 2012 by a wealthy Banker in Frankfurt, that he would do, “whatever it takes,” to save the Euro rings echoes of Moby Dick.

If the ship is not built properly to safety specifications then don’t expect it not to sink in a storm.

If the new opposition is not respected and these issues are not resolved in an open and transparent manner; then failure for the project in its present form is assured within the next 5 years.


21 Apr 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Reflections on a Dress Rehearsal: Moldova – Transdniestria.


Dispatches from TIRASPOL, April 16-2014/ITAR-TASS/:
—Ukraine is becoming concerned over Transdniestria’s calls for independence —

—Transdniestrian authorities ask Putin to initiate recognition of republic’s independence. A majority of 97% voted in 2006 to join Russia Proper. —

—Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes to intensify dialogue on the future of Transdniestria —

A Russian separatist from Tiraspol, capital of the breakaway
region Transdniestria, pictured on an APC during the 1992
conflict with the former Soviet republic of Moldova.
Image from the series Post Communism 1989-2003
 — “This is one of the most complicated problems we’ve inherited after the collapse of the USSR—
—It has a population of over half a million. People are very pro-Russian and there are a very large number of Russian nationals—

—Armed Ukrainian Nationalist formations have already been deployed to the border with Transdniestria by Kiev. The situation should certainly be stopped as soon as possible,” the Russian president said—   ……..ends

This is not the first call to Moscow authorities for recognition but Crimea’s re-unification with Russia has now intensified the issue.
Tiraspol lawmakers claim Transdniestria is legally similar to Crimea and that any process towards reunification with Russia should follow the peninsula’s recent process and procedures.


History of the 1992 conflict:
The Transdniestrian conflict started in March 1992. The first clashes occurred between Moldovan police and Transdniestrian militia near the city of Dubossary, which resulted in armed hostilities. By that summer, it developed into large-scale fighting around the former Soviet closed city of Bendery. About a thousand people were killed with tens of thousands made refugees.

The conflict was stopped after a peace agreement was signed in Moscow in July 1992 with Russian peacekeepers sent into the conflict area.


Situation Today 2014:

Many Moldovans, especially the elderly, are moving eastwards into Transdniestria, prompted by lower energy costs, security and higher pensions.  

Recently, Several hundred people from the front line pro-Russian village of Dorotskoye, (situated on the left bank of the Dniester river but under Moldovan authority), are suggesting holding a referendum on accession to join the breakaway right bank Transdniestria region.

Outcomes:

In the following Spring/Summer weeks Kremlin confidence will surely expand, and why not! Who in the West can attempt to stop a society voting to re-join a re-surging Russia!
Moldova was impoverished because it failed to anticipate western intransigence when it comes to dealing with the Bear. It separated itself from Russian industry and influence.
Ukraine faces the same painful outcomes to this EU fuelled crisis.
Russia will take back its Soviet era loaned resources to former Republics, leaving outer buffer zones of poor lands between itself and the West.


Lands no-one wants or cares enough about to either finance or annex.

17 Apr 2014

Ukraine Crisis: When Two Styles Make the Walk. Real Crisis is Energy.


War news reports a Bear walk to another separatist victory; same style just a different costume.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin sends signals to EU & Nato. Simple….. forget taking over former Socialist Republics.  
Victory walk by Tiraspol Russians during the separatist conflict between
breakaway Transdniestria with former Soviet Republic of Moldova in 1992


The Baltic States, Belarus, Poland & Moldova are in a quandary. They are caught between a Russian hard place for a multi polar world and a western rock for cheap energy and steady progress towards EU expansion and globalisation.

Energy, now there’s a topic. Western Ukraine, Belarus the Baltic States are rightly and arguably old Polish & Hapsburg territories. Cut off from the fold after the clash of empires during 1914-1918 WWI. Since the end of the USSR and during this current crisis they look west not east.

But this is walking backwards not forward. We share the planet ensemble. Energy is creating real dangers for us all. A century past, fossil fuels were the latest style of the day. If the hat fits wear it. Now the hat covers our vision and makes us deaf to warning cries.

Ukraine today 2014. Same walk for Russian separatists in a different
costume. The excuse may sound the same but a vision of victory
is focused around the worlds energy problems.   
The Security Council knows there is 46yrs of oil left, 63yrs of gas left and 120yrs of coal left. Energy matters. It overshadows the political ambitions out of Brussels, Warsaw, Kiev and Minsk.

Fossil fuel is out of style. Society is required to kick off its cruel side effects.  Natural Gas damages us less than coal and oil.


So, Russian gas and not Russian masks may yet prove to be the current peacemaker in this historical regional political & military crisis.

19 Mar 2014

Trouble in the Ukraine: EU Sold a Pup from a House of Straw.


In September 1991, I was sent to Chernovtsy -Chernivtsi on assignment. We were covering the birth of a nationless country; a former Soviet Republic and aspiring new comer to the hybrid family of European states.
Viewing in opposite directions at Bender market on the Moldovan Transnistria border. Kremlin strategists
tip the scales  in favour of  Russians looking East. Conflict on the southern flank is never far away
to include most of Bassarabia.  Image 2002

Crossing back from the Ukraine at the northern Moldovan border our minders entered into the customary bribery for exit visas and the torturous babbling over who we were and why we were there.

Through our translator a border guard asked why I was making a picture of the new Ukrainian flag. Baffled, I flippantly enquired why!  Is it a secret! The answer came back “Yes! Our national flag is a Secret.”

Ukraine is a house of straw, steeped in division and secrecy. The western Polish/Ukrainian sector wants to join the EU. It will bring little if nothing to the party. Russian east-Ukraine has all the goodies; industry, agriculture, tourism and natural resources. It has a chance to build a home of stone for Slavic pride.

The EU has been sold a pup over Polish ambitions to regain the city of L’viv and former surrounding territories.


In the end, Russians have kept their best cards for this present scenario. Should Polish Ukraine move west, Russia will follow towards Transnistria, Gagauz and Kishinev, re-establishing the former south western flank of a resurgent power. Its time for the EU to weigh-up the odds. 

3 Mar 2014

EU Crisis: Ukraine Hits the Wall: Revolution to Coup or Vice Versa.



The weekend coup, revolution, liberation or occupation, depending whether one is Russian or Ukrainian, was nonetheless a Moscow stroke of tactical genius worthy of respect.

EU and Nato where hapless viewers in a movie style battle scene - a play out exposing the phoney nature of a dream to rule a roost from Atlantic to Urals.

No wonder a US official from its foreign corps recently said “Eff” the EU.  Polish, German & French foreign ministers sent to Kiev to sign a negotiated settlement, reneged on the deal hours later and basically spat in the face of Kremlin tough cats…….one big miscalculation…Just like nearly everything Brussels puts its hand to these days.

Careful with those mines missus!!!!! Crimea again the centre of Ukrainian political future. The Kremlin
stages a bloodless week-end take-over of the region in response to Kiev's Western backed
revolution. Image: Mines cover the "Road to Odessa" during the 1992 Russian
separatist war against the former Soviet Republic of Moldova.   
The EU has no army. They would love one.

Ukraine has an army. It’s a dove one.

West might send a force. Russians will shove one.

It’s a cold war that’s been cold for too long…

There's always another excuse. We've just to fake one.

Maybe up in Belarus, Lukashenko can make one.

Needs a better plan. We gotta bake one.  

It’s a cold war that’s been cold for too long……

In the serious world of Kremlin politics, terms of democracy are still being defined. Until this progression is fully understood and accepted, defending every wee bit of Russian turf is still a generational obligation.


Regardless of what imperial dreaming goes on in the minds of Brussels Federalists, Russia is still by far the world’s largest country and potentially it’s most dangerous. Now it’s up to US experience to breath regional diplomacy to warm a chilly Siberian wind. 

27 Feb 2014

EU v EU: Empire is Back: European and Eurasian Unions Tough it Out Over Crimea.


The current Eurasian Union movement is a providence of Vladimir Putin and his neo-Eurasianists. It is not a new concept, having roots in the 1920’s and again during the years leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Eurasian Union will challenge destiny (European Union) and forge its future down in the Crimea. .Empire is back! Can it defend its turf!
The Russian president has put 150,000 troops on alert to assess battle readiness as the Russian flag is hoisted over the parliament in Simferopol.
Empire is Back in fashion. It's the EU verses the EU. A tussle over contested zones will determine new frontiers
for the coming decades if not a century. Some things never change. 

From the Crimean conflict of 1853 to battleship Potemkin 1902, the Russian civil war 1917-21 and the Yalta conference to carve up post WW2 Europe, the Crimea is at the heart of imperial ambitions for this region.
Days are long past for Turkey to go on bended knee to France requesting European Union membership. Russia offers past glory and most of all energy power for allegiance to the Eurasian club.  There is even no longer a Turkish given for NATO.  
Can Ukraine split into west and east! Can Moscow force a Ukrainian return to the Russian fold!
Of course it can for both options but the first option is highly improbable.
White Russian forces that fought the Red army 1917-21 discovered Moscow’s resolve when it comes to protecting the Crimea. And, the Ukrainian war of independence as it was called then resulted in millions being sent to the grave.

Western armchair generals (politicians) who egg-on nationalists in Lviv and Kiev should also warn there will be no second charge for either the light or heavy brigades at Balaklava.     

18 Feb 2014

EU Crisis: A Journey of Choice


"There can be no cherry-picking when it comes to the EU."

This mantra is often levelled at those who dare challenge “Brussels obedience.”
They declare the EU’s four freedoms fundamentals are not negotiable.

This portrays a picture of Brussels commission as custodian of the Union. And as such, reserves the right to determine and police membership behaviour.

The Brussels commission can argue it merely carries out the wishes of national agreements forged at summits and cemented in treaties. Citizens respond that some content of the treaties is not what they desire nor were they ever consulted about them.

A journey of choice. Europe reflects over the historic Swiss vote on the free movement of
people issue. The slide away from passive consent to Brussels management continues.
May elections should prove an effective acid test for new directions within the
European project. Image: Central Switzerland Jan 2014. 
Those few who were consulted and objected were sent back to corrected their bad voting behaviour; causing irreparable damage of trust between the technocrat management in Brussels and the democratic process.

Such is the complicated clash of wills developing between the EU commission, the ECB, the EU judiciary and citizens of several European nations.

Philosophers say people with power want more power and you don’t know someone till you fight them. There is amble evidence to suggest that the commission seeks more power whether or not it is deserved or necessary.

The commission pushes the argument that closer Union safeguards peace and stability. It seems they are cherry picking on this issue. The commission failed people during the Yugoslav war. It has failed the Roma. It has corrupted democracy. It pursues a relentless economic policy of austerity in pursuit of forced political union - the Federalist dream, a harmony in Art of Superstate; is such a love ever meant to last!

And because of this lust for federalism the Union now enters a phase of assessment. Purpose is everything. Doubt is taking root in citizens’ minds. The road-map is changing direction.

The commission argues that they as custodians of the Union are ultimately the guardians of peace.

Repeating this story over and over again until it sounds real - once was the perfect deception.
In todays’ connected world choice is no longer an illusion between those embellished with power and citizens who giveth and taketh away that power.

The historic Swiss vote over the fundamental pillar of free movement will be followed by an equally historic vote in May 2014 when choice decides Europe’s new directions.


12 Feb 2014

EU Crisis: Brussels Fumes Again at Democracy.


The Swiss are to be punished by the EU for voting badly in a democratic process over the burning issue of free movement. Naughty democrats are at it again.

All sorts of appropriate retaliatory actions are flying about from the Eurocrats' munitions store. Most of it is hot air of course. Even a fool can see if Brussels moves against Switzerland in any form of sanctions then skeptics will win another battle in convincing the electorate the EU is dictatorial by nature.
The EU Crisis paid a visit to Little Switzerland this week with the promise to
punish it for voting badly. The juggernaut of change picks up speed
for the up-coming verdict over Democracy verses Eurocracy.
Image Jan 2014. The road to Lucarno

For some countries this nature is already established as de facto. There is no going back for the UK over Europe.  It is difficult to locate any meaningful support for the EU among the populace, either in the papers, cafes, bars, homes or on TV.

Over-reaction from Brussels to democratic votes, through displays of rage and recrimination, smacks of paranoia. Eurocrats, Bureaucrats and Technocrats just can’t keep up with the changing political landscape sweeping across the continent.

This sweep is about two options for Europe. There is one Europe which doesn't mind following the EU and all its Technocratic mechanisms. For this Europe the democratic deficit is expendable to a point where the means justifies the end. Just what that ends is, is very unclear.

The other Europe is the rest, the northern and central Confederate Nation States. If the UK leaves, and it is looking very likely, the question is who will follow to create the democratic balance to Eurocracy.


Little Switzerland may be about to deliver more to Europe than just the cuckoo clock.  

1 Feb 2014

E.U. Crisis: French President Pinches the British over EU Reform



The British led EU reform campaign this week felt a bottom “pinchier” from French president Hollande to match a House of Lords rejection over the 2017 EU referendum bill.

President Hollande faces questions about
decline in French social and political eminence.
 French children are not slow to
 criticise parental dysfunctional behaviour.
 Image Strasbourg Jan 2014.   
No big surprise, except to further strengthen British skeptic resolve and commitment to giving the public a voice on the matter.

“More Europe” has lost momentum to carry a willing populace towards its goal of political union.

 “More Europe” believes it can steamroll ahead where the end justifies the means.
 In the end Europeans and the world will see the benefits of being led by technocrats and bureaucrats towards a new Utopian Spirit.

 Plans are afoot in Brussels’ Rue De La Roi HQ to present this operandus modi case to the public before the upcoming EU elections.

Maybe it has an audience, but history has a way of repeating its past.  Telling citizens they are no longer trusted in their decision making process is to usher in Dictatorship. Albeit it commences benevolent, altruistic, benign or otherwise, eventually, it becomes self-preserving, paranoid and authoritarian.


French President Hollande’s rebuff to the British can also be interpreted as a sign “More Europe” is deciding its problem child should feel unwanted if not encouraged to vacate the family home.  But President Hollande should know by now dysfunctional parents are also part of family problems. 

9 Jan 2014

E.U. Crisis: Love Europe, Not Brussels: Rider of die Stürme


European Parliament May elections are translating into a showdown with todays Brussels commission. Democracy verses Technocracy. Confederate Nation States (CNS) is organising Europe wide opposition to Art of Superstate. The creation of a genuine working European parliament is underway.
A rider of Die Sturme on an Atlantic "grosse welle" off Mullaghmore, County Donegal.
 The EU May election is a judgement on this commission's legitimacy and a test
for Confederate Nation States verses 
Federalist aspirations. 2014

This Byzantine commission is loathed to release power to the people while peoples’ loathing wishes to release Brussels from power - period.

Wasn't this consequence mentioned here before! If the common man can see the horizon what is defect with Federalist vision. - A commission force of 28 commanders and 60,000 foot soldiers is no match for European citizen power – period. 

Just as January storms sweep in off the Atlantic in spectacular style, the forthcoming May elections is emerging as Die große Welle to a Brussels Federalist advance.


It’s neither a Stalingrad for Europe nor an Alamo for Brussels. It is merely an exercise of democratic expression.

 “Who Dares Wins” is not just for the military.

To dream a dream can be prophetic revelation. But to create a reality you need to be wide awake. Is Brussels sober to the mood of this Mays voter! It seems in the throes of a dying executive a bitter legacy is shaping. Shortly after the May election this legacy will be thrown to the wolves– and gone will be a team marred with history’s scorn.

A new commission will be appointed. It will be this commission which determines a new pace for the “European Project,” for just as Rome was not built in a day, so let it also be with Art of Superstate.

31 Dec 2013

E.U. Crisis: Emboldened Skeptics See an Unravelling Union in the Near Distance.


A most striking piece of news contained in the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) December 2013 report is; today’s powerhouse Germany can only maintain its European lead position over a surging UK if it quits the Euro and re-instates the Deutschmark.

What a kick in the head is that for “More Europe.”  So, is German Eurozone loyalty now the acid test for euro pretentiousness  as hard currency player!

After 4 long years of dishing out the austerity to the south and the western periphery will Berlin accept eclipsing by a skeptic UK to save the EU federalists and their “More Europe” ideology!  

Berlin knows very well, any hint of “More Europe” will align more opposition if not outright resistance.
Looking towards 2014. Can "More Europe" find vision to
accommodate rising Skeptics. Image: Brussels 2012

A policy of real reform can save this Union. It’s on the table for sure. Only real leadership from the big economies can pull the Union away from the abyss and steer forward with support of a majority of its citizens. Brussels’s aspiration as the capital of European central government is mortally wounded. The skeptics sense a victory. The Union is on its knees. The technocratic commission is discredited and despised.

But is it!

For most of the weaker members and especially the Balkan and Eastern flank, the Union is hope and future. Real reform can restore a Union fit “for purpose.” Real reform can accommodate the Skeptic tide. Real reform can produce a credible parliament and in transparency take the imperious Commission and bossy ECB to task. It might also be better if both disappeared in the real reform offensive.


Crushing the Union in anger is not an option. Neither for masters nor servants, who together, can keep an orderly Europe in hope and future. 

2 Dec 2013

EU Crisis: Support for Union Utopia Grows in the East While Faltering in the West

Strong feelings stretching from London to Kiev are prevailing against and for the Union. Is the noble idea of European Union going the way of the Eurovision song contest!! We shared a common effort to sing together during the 1960’70’s and 80’s. Now this show (the song contest I mean) represents an out of tune affair with little interest from the west other than the giggles its bizarre content supplies.   

But at least it is somewhat entertaining if not a bit childish. On the other hand there is nothing laughable about the mounting task facing Europe to sort out its EU future. More and more Brussels central is being portrayed as self-serving. The EU is increasingly becoming a personality with its own distinct character; an entity shaping a future separate to its original purpose with little regards for the sensitivities of the nation states which created it. Ultimately these states will destroy it should no consensus be found on direction over the coming decade.
In a democracy you cannot pass laws influencing people’s lives secretly and without their knowledge and then insist to applying these laws as if they have common approval.

Dead but not forgotten. Man's search for Utopia still lingers in Post Soviet Kremlin games. Moves
to incorporate Ukraine into the EU is being checked by Russian grand masters of destiny.
image- post communism series 1989-2001 

Country identity belongs to those who built it over generations and not to the hungry EU. 

This message needs to be listened to.

So this is Western thinking. The western media is now full of this argument with London the centre of resistance. Big, rich, confident and assertive, why should this glorious capital bow to a commission of 28 and its army of 60,000 technocrats!

The flip side to this coin is in the East. While some mutterings may from time to time come from the Czechs general support for the Union is solid. It is the unsure, the poorer, the downtrodden and the aspirational who see the Union as means to feel free even though they have little or no say in creating its laws. Their choice is simple. Who is the lesser of a dictate directive! Brussels or Moscow! It is totally understandable that Putin’s Russia is unappealing to former Warsaw pact countries.

Russia stepped in and is telling Ukraine which road to tread and if Ukraine follows regardless of the will of its citizens while the EU looks on and does nothing, then London will win its biggest fight. Oh yes The EU is big at spending but when citizens freedom is under threat it is not the EU who offers protection but our very own national capitals.


When songs are singing for Europe in Denmark 2014 it may be that Ukraine opts to play Shakespeare’s Hamlet instead. 

16 Oct 2013

EU Crisis: The Rise, Rise and Rise of the Euroskeptics

Marine Le Pen is swept into the mainstream. The Front National
is poised to use the Europe problem as a platform in the
May 2014 Strasbourg elections. image: Paris political rally
Marine Le Pen’s Euroskeptic National Front moves into the lead for the May 2014 European elections and now looks on track to becoming the largest party in France.  Polls put her on top at 24%.
A spokesman for the party declared “A brilliant victory” for the National Front after a local election success. "The French are showing a wish to take their destiny into their hands and take back their sovereignty." He also predicted an "unprecedented earthquake" in the next European elections; a claim echoed by many of the rising Euroskeptic parties of both the left and the right.
"All the ingredients are coming together for people to express their discontent with everything associated with Europe, immigration, globalisation, and so on."
The Front’s power base is in the south of France, where fear of immigration, identity crisis, austerity and recession are creating opposition to the Brussels Federalist ideology. 

 NF success is mirrored across Europe where Skeptic support grows.  Marine Le Pen is interested to jointly campaign with Geert Wilders of the Netherlands anti-immigration Freedom Party. . “It is important that voters see we are not alone, and that there are similar patriotic movements in every EU country,” she said.

Is this the beginning of a clear voice for the European Parliament.! A choice for voters to be represented through defined political roles concerning Europe’s future.

New Skeptic parties should impact but they will engage with the pro-European camp in establishing meaningful reformist coalitions. Politicians have a way of diluting their rhetoric once they taste the honey elixir of power and privilege.  


Brussels Federalist ideology may be over for now. The third attempt may have failed, but the project to unite the Europe project in some shape or form is far from over and in fact is most likely unstoppable. May 2014 is still some way off.