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EU and ‘our’ €, ‘unity in diversity’, without polish no shine


Too many Chiefs, not enough “enhanced and resilient” Indians

The present policy-driven, or in other words, a rather forced integration of Europe is the work of fools. Just name one example of an imposed, forced community that has survived history. There is not, for they all came down. How often do politicians really have to make the same mistakes before finally drawing a lesson from it?

In order to develop from small tribal communities into to large modern state structures, humanity needed tens of thousands of years and it took a long time for just a few steps ahead. The latter nowadays still happening in many states. A process wich even Europe has not left behind itself.

But even in modern states, those who want a collaborative push for some sort of, mainly economical, ‘enhanced and resilient’ federalization of a part of Europe by means of political force, are in the end achieving nothing but a lot of damage. Because where law, reason and citizens will be completely replaced by an ideology, flanked by rhetorics, failure is almost inevitable. The recent fuss about Cameron’s speech is only an indicative tip of the iceberg. As is ‘2013 – Year of the European Citizen’.

Nevertheless, people can survive. And shine also. Not only because they can  overcome the euro crises, the financial crisis, the political crisis, the banking crisis, the debt crisis, the housing crisis, they could and can overcome warfare, a looming inflation crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, an upcoming food crisis, an unemployment crisis, a possible wide spread social welfare crisis. And so on. All of which is hitting citizens in their normal daily life’s.

No, at the end it is not about this at all.

At the end it is all about the strong feeling of -and trust by citizens that they can overcome gloomy suspicions not to survive at all in the future. Shining again, without respect for what sort of ideological polish is forced upon them by too many shining Chiefs convening in Brussel, Strassbourg, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.


A survey in the Motor of the EU. Democracy top priority after employment and education.

Dressing up Europe


Van Rompuy, lak aan democratie? Europe still sexy? ‘Dicke Bertha’ still alive?

    Reblogged from July 30th, 2012.

Europe is still sexy, and so am I, says EU Chief Van Rompuy  (YouTube)

To understand Europe, you have to be a genius. Or French.”  Madeleine Albright.

Europese staatshoofden en regeringsleiders hebben lak aan democratie (Le Tribune)



We should be able to bridge existing divergences of views. A European budget is important for the

cohesion of the Union and for jobs and growth in all our countries.”  Press release Nov. 23, 2012. 

    Although? Some have another view……

“De ECB zal niet eindeloos en onbeperkt staatsobligaties opkopen. Het programma waarin dat gebeurt, is ‘tijdelijk en beperkt’. ‘Van de ECB mag niet verlangd worden dat zij buiten haar mandaat optreedt“ (Mario Draghi in European Parliament, December 2011).

“Ich weise auf die Rechtslage hin. Die Verträge verbieten eine Übernahme gegenseitiger Haftung.“ (Angela Merkel, Bundeskanzlerin, May 23, 2012)

“De vooruitgang is verbluffend. Als je vandaag vergelijkt met 5 maanden geleden, is de eurozone een andere wereld.’ (Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, Davos, January 2012).

“Russia is not Greece.” (Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, March 2010).

“France is not Greece.” (Christian Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund, May 2010).

“Portugal is not Greece, and Spain is not Greece.” (Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, May 2010).

“Spain is not Greece. But Greece is where it is thanks to a policy like Zapatero’s policy in Spain.”  Mariano Rajoy, leader of the Spanish opposition, May 2010).

“Hungary is not in the same situation as Greece.” (Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, June 2010).

“Hungary is quite obviously not Greece.” (Gyorgy Matolcsy, Hungarian Finance Minister, June 2010).

“Spain is neither Ireland nor Portugal.” (Elena Salgado, Spanish Minister of Finance, November 2010).

“Ireland is neither Spain nor Portugal.” (Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General, November 2010).

“Ireland is not Greece.” (Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, November 2010).

“Greece is not Ireland.” (Giorgos Papakonstantinou, Greek Minister of Finance, November 2010).

“Ireland is not in Greek territory.” (Brian Lenihan, Irish Minister of Finance, November 2010).  

“Ireland is not Greece.” (Michael Noonan, Irish Minister of Finance, June 2011).

“France is not Greece and it’s not Italy either.” (Barry Eichengreen, American economist, August 2011).

“Italy is not Greece.” (Rainer Bruederle, Germany’s FDP parliamentary party leader, August 2011).

“Italy is not Greece.” (Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, October 2011).

“Austria is not Greece.” (Karlheinz Kopf, parliamentary faction leader of Austria’s People’s Party, November 2011).

“Italy is not Greece.” (Christian Lindner, FDP general secretary, November 2011).

“Portugal is not Greece, and it will not turn into Greece.” (Antonio Saraiva, head of the Confederation of Portuguese Industry, February 2012).

“Spain is not Greece.” (Richard Youngs, head of the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE, May 2012).

“Portugal is not Greece.” (Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister, June 2012).

“Italy is not Spain.” (Ed Parker, senior director of Fitch Ratings Agency, June 2012).

“Greece is not Argentina.” (Yiannis Stournaras, Greek Minister of Competition, July 2012).

“Germany is not Zimbabwe.” (Paul Casson, fund manager from Henderson Global Investors, June 2012).

“Spain is not Uganda.” (Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Prime Minister, June 2012).

“Uganda does not want to be Spain.” (Asuman Kiyingi, Foreign Minister of Uganda, June 2012).

To understand Europe, you have to be a genius. Or French.”  Madeleine Albright.


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