More care needed for older getting population

Contact with older people

We all know and have contact with older people. Some of us also do belong to what is called the third or even the fourth age.

In general, we can say that an ageing society isn’t just a challenge for national governments, policymakers, and healthcare providers to solve. It affects everyone who has, or will have, an elder family member or loved one in their lives — and everyone lucky enough to grow old themselves.

Crossroads

All through life we come to crossroads where decisions have to be made, of which we often think later,

“If we would have done this or that”.

Every time when we had to make such important decisions we created a knot in our memory which we try to unravel in later years, when we are old and in many cases already long forgotten by others we have met in our lifetime. At a certain age, it will be as if we are willing to go back in our past to redo certain things. We are confronted with our limits and with our mistakes. Not able to go back and have another shot at the way we live our lives, we are once more confronted with our own limitations. For some, the time has come that angst knocks at the door of not knowing or remembering certain things. And the greatest factor in helping them into getting older faster is the loneliness that awaits so many elderly. Loneliness is the devil of the elderly which accelerates the ageing process. Spending the day without stimuli other than television or cell phone, without seeing anyone or going out causes the person to deteriorate faster and to have the person lose motivation to take care of him- or herself and of their health.

Old vs. young and healthy

Most people try to do everything to stay as healthy as possible and to grow as old as possible. We try to hold on to nice memories and want to carry them in still other years to come. The days pass, the elderly are confronted with good and bad days, often questioning them if it is still worthwhile to continue living. For some there are moments which are not clear anymore or where they wonder who is who or which time it is or where their youth is gone. For some comes the moment they want to look in the eyes of others to find the answers. For some days will be approaching that they shall not remember the days of yesteryear. Those in the middle of their life shall realise that one day their beloved parent will no longer know them, no longer know any of the family, but until that day it is important there are the regular family visits with the precious moments of holding hands and on letting the person know how much he or she means to the visitor.

Indignities of old age

Today we are confronted with the indignities of old age……

Looking at that older getting population we must be aware that many of the illnesses we attribute to such age are not due to age.

The population is getting older, but the conditions for those older people are not always so respectful or pleasant for those people. During the EESC hearing “Towards a new care model for the elderly: learning from the Covid-19 pandemic” Michaël De Gols, Director of the Union of Enterprises for Social Profit ASBL (UNISOC) said:

“Population is getting older, we need more care but financing is missing. A sufficient, stable and sustainable financing is important for the long-term sector to be able to provide its services”.

Structural weaknesses in long-term care systems

Further reforms need to be pursued by the Member States to address structural weaknesses in LTC systems and make them more resilient to future external shocks.
The old people have been the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Referring to the Article 25 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on the rights of the elderly to lead a life of dignity and independence, the participants welcomed the Commission’s initiative on LTC planned to be adopted in 2022.

Medical care had its origin in the humanitarian motive of caring for the sick, while preventive health services sprang from the need to protect a healthy environment from epidemic diseases. Now with a pandemic, the urgency to see how we can protect the elderly has come more to the forefront. It is not bad to see that the interest of public authorities in medical care schemes has increased and they have taken more attention to the importance of statistics on the incidence of diseases and other problems, as well as the epidemiology necessary to combat them.  But with giving so much attention to statistics, many have forgotten to look to the social and emotional elements in healthcare. In several countries the economic aspect became more important than the human and emotional factor.

Framework for policy reforms and for guiding the development of long-term care systems

The European Care Strategy will set a framework for policy reforms and guide the development of long-term care systems that are sustainable and ensure better access to quality services for those in need.

Maciej Kucharczyk, Secretary General of the AGE Platform Europe, said:

Developing good care systems is an opportunity and services are the means to support people’s autonomy, independency and quality of life.

The systemic weaknesses and the difficulties in ensuring continuity of care highlighted by the high number of deaths in long-term care facilities, brought to the fore also the vulnerable employment and working conditions of the carers.

Exposure to the virus with the landing in intensive care

Anti-vaxxers and several (mainly) youngsters who refuse to wear a mask properly and to keep their distance, put a lot of pressure on our health system, by which the danger is that elderly people get affected worse.

In the majority of EU states the doctors and nurses are not enough cared for. If you compare the wages of soccer players with the income of a surgeon, one can question what is the value of a life of a person. In this crisis there is also not enough attention paid for those who are against vaccination, to let them know what a burden they leave on those doctors and nurses who do everything they can to save those people with CoViD. The television station could already have much more attention given on the pressure which is on the aid-workers all over the world, by people who did not want to get vaccinated, but got infected and came into intensive care. The intake of those infected taking lots of necessary beds at IC, makes that lots of other necessary operations are postponed. When it is elderly having their necessary operation postponed, it is because of those who refuse to be vaccinated, that those elderly run the risk of dying earlier than necessary.

It looks like a lot of youngsters have no eye anymore for the elderly, but are only interested in what they call their own freedom and their right to have fun. Their egoism has won them over to neglect all the necessary rules to keep everyone safe.

Demanding jobs require adequate support

During the pandemic, the LTC workers did some of the most demanding jobs without adequate support. Tuscany Bell, from the European Public Service Union (EPSU),  said:

In order to provide an adequate service for people in need of care, we need appropriate working conditions and a sufficient level of qualified personnel. Actually, an insufficient number of care workers care for too many people.

Ms. Bell focused on the importance of defending the workers’ rights by strengthening collective bargaining and social dialogue, to improve wages and working conditions. Aligning funding with investment in the workforce can lead to positive outcomes for workers and residents. Funding needs to be conditional on providers abiding safe staffing ratios and good working conditions.

Economic and social policies, and necessary coordination between social and health services

As active ageing has a cross-cutting nature and touches upon economic and social policies, coordination between social and health services is needed.
Reinforcing the systems with better funding will allow structural changes, making LTC more accessible and allowing old people to enjoy a life of dignity as autonomous and active members of society.

The EESC stresses that the European Pillar of Social Rights must result in a positive project for all. This way it can contribute to regaining trust in the EU’s ability to improve life prospects for current and future generations. It is nice to see that we can become older, but we should also be sure that the quality of life will not deteriorate when getting older.

In our Union we need social protection systems with a view to achieving a fair balance between the economic and social dimensions, as well as contributing to the fight against poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. Today we (to our shame) can find a lot of poverty by elderly, who when they were young contributed to our society. They should feel rewarded for what they did for future generations. And at the moment this is lacking.

Shared understanding of social progress and productivity

The EESC acknowledges that the European economic and social model is based on the shared understanding of the importance of increasing employment, social progress and productivity, as the underlying key factors for sustainable economic growth, which benefits everyone in a fair manner. The process of preparing the Pillar is an opportunity to reaffirm our shared commitment to the European social model, while ensuring that national welfare systems and labour markets are adaptable and fit for the future[1]. The EESC emphasises the need for growth and competitiveness in the whole of the EU. In this context, the EESC stresses the necessary interlinkage between economic, employment and social policy[2].

Life expectancy

All member states should be in solidarity for protecting the elderly and providing them a life worth living. therefore a new mind-set towards change is necessary having social progress and social security to become more central in the EU policy debates.

Sustainable pension systems are of key importance taking into account the ageing of European societies. The Commission has stated that increasing retirement ages in line with gains in life expectancy combined with efforts to promote active ageing not only allows for a substantial reduction in pension expenditures, but also allows for accruing higher pension entitlements. However, the EESC has previously criticized the Commission’s proposal that the retirement age should be indexed to increasing life expectancy and instead proposed measures that bring the actual retirement age closer to the statutory retirement age[3]. As stated by the Social Protection Committee, reducing unemployment and encouraging people to stay in labour markets longer today, including through raising the labour market participation of women, will be crucial for the future sustainability and adequacy of pension benefits[4]. For example, a European comparative pension sustainability and adequacy index would be a helpful benchmark to underpin Member States’ efforts to reform their pension systems and to reduce poverty.

What we may not forget is that placing the retirement age further and further away, shall not bring the right solution, because it is just an unbreakable fact that certain things can not be done any more after the age of 60 or 65. It was for a good reason that in the past the age of 65 was chosen for retirement. In the past, we also could see that a lot of people already died before that date or died when they just retired. That people may live longer now must not mean that we have them working full time for a longer time. It can well be that several older people are able to do still some very good work after they reached 65, but they should be at liberty to divide their time for work and leisure in all liberty and not be forced to work full time, which would be a too heavy burden on their health and condition of life.

Quality time

Belgium has just about the lowest pensions in Western Europe. The Groen basic pension is no solution. A good pension is: 75% of the average wage instead of 60%, and a minimum of EUR 1,500 net, not gross.

In Belgium the government has curtailed the early retirement system. The growing number of long-term sick people shows that this is not tenable for many people. And if unemployment among young people is so high today, isn’t early retirement just the solution?

Statutory pensions transformed into a minimum protection against poverty

The statutory pension is reduced to a means of escaping poverty. The Michel government raised the minimum pensions a little, but cut the average pensions, as if they were not low enough.

It is the general trend in Europe to dismantle the first, statutory pension pillar, with the empty promise of a stronger private “second and third pillar”. According to the European Commission, the statutory pension in relation to the average wage will fall from 44% in 2013 to 34.9% in 2060. That is one fifth less.

This downward trend undermines confidence in the entire system. Statutory pensions are being transformed into a minimum protection against poverty. For a decent income after one’s career, we increasingly have to rely on private savings. The liberal ‘every man for himself’ that Mrs Rutten stands for. Or as Pension Minister Daniël Bacquelaine put it: ‘Those who want a good pension must take responsibility themselves’.

We are bombarded with three reasons to work longer: we live longer, there is a labour shortage and pensions are unaffordable.

All three are wrong, Kim De Witte proved with figures and studies. The De Croo government simply continues along the lines of the previous governments. It will not go back on the increased retirement age of 67, it will further dismantle early retirement and it wants to privatise pensions. The government bowed to pressure from the PVDA to increase the minimum pension to 1,500 euros net. But it is keeping it at gross, and not until 2024. Too little, too late. The PVDA has well-founded reasons to want a right to an early retirement pension from the age of 58 for certain professions, without being available on the labour market. To go in retirement at the age of 55 in the case of restructuring or a runway looks too early. In such instance the government should provide alternatives, like going for another job in a totally different sector after some training provided by the government or by the future employer.

Compared to the year 1950, today we produce 5.5 times more wealth per worker. Today there is much more automatisation, which should have made the work lighter as well should us provide some more time for oursleves. But our working hours have not decreased proportionally. Yet a collective reduction in working hours is perfectly feasible if we redistribute the work to those who currently have no work (400,000 unemployed) or too little work (part-timers). A 30-hour week is absolutely necessary to achieve more equality between women and men. And when people would have more time for themselves when in the working period between 20 and 60 years old, they probably would have still enough energy to continue working.

Our priority should be to increase the quality of life of the worker as well as of the retired person.

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[1]           OJ C 299, 04.10.2012, p. 115, OJ C 332, 8.10.2015, p. 68.

[2]           Social Protection Committee, Social Protection Performance Monitor (SPPM) – Report on key social challenges and main messages from SPC, 12606/16.

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[3]           National debates in Ireland, Latvia, Portugal and Spain.

[4]           Article 3 TEU: “…(The Union)… shall work for the sustainable development of Europe based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy, aiming at full employment and social progress, and a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment.”

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Preceding

2015 Health and Welfare

Who is considered Old

To Work Longer or Die Younger

Ageing and Solidarity between generations

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Additional reading

  1. Old people thrown out of churches (Our world) = Old people thrown out of churches (Some view on the world)
  2. What would you do if…? Continued trial
  3. Dissolve The Barriers You Created
  4. Uncertainty and limitations
  5. In the turbulence of life, listen and wait.
  6. Believe me! Everything is Possible
  7. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself
  8. How the Story Ends
  9. Coming to the end of 2018
  10. Dying or not
  11. Elders advice
  12. A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses
  13. Man Up?

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How to look back at Cop26

Negotiations at a repetitious summit looking for long-term solutions

After a fortnight of negotiations which began with 120 world leaders attending the UN Glasgow summit, several richer countries did show once more that economic gain is more important for them than saving the planet and/or helping poorer countries to keep their head (literally) above water.

We also should remember that switching to wind power and electric cars, are not in themselves long-term solutions, and the consumers shall have to rethink how to handle material goods. Our world needs a much more radical transition, comparable to when man started with the industrial revolution, which can be considered as one of the culprits and causes of the present precarious situation.

Demanding citizens, growing elderly population and warming problems

Cutting methane emission

This year a series of deals by countries and businesses on cutting methane emissions, curbing deforestation, switching to electric cars, driving investment in clean technology and phasing out coal power were announced alongside the formal negotiations, as part of efforts to drive “real-world” climate action, but everyone agreed that there should come another talk next year to further work out the way for halting global warming.

Protesters reason to raise their voices

We could ask if all those present in the congress hall would have seen and heard the inventive and colourful protests which took place outside and inside the venue at the Scottish Event Campus on the banks of the Clyde. For years now, thousands of people called on their leaders to act now and not to wait any longer.
While tens of thousands of people took the streets on the middle Friday and Saturday, marching through Glasgow calling for urgent climate action it looked again that those worldleaders are not sufficiently aware of the urgency of handling the global warming and climate crisis.

Each of us and the ecological footprint

The world leaders should know it is not just the ordinary people or consumers their fault, this world has to undergo so much pressure from pollution along all sides. Though those people should know they can do much more than they think. They themselves should take much more into their own hands to avoid the globe warming more. As consumers, we do have a responsibility not to be underestimated.

Far too long too many people have been buying goods without thinking how they were produced, by whom and at what conditions and at what ecological footprint. Much too often we hear voices claiming that there are just too many people on this world and that it would be better to make sure that the population of this globe would be reduced.

Human overpopulation

It can well be that there is a human overpopulation, though when we would divide the space better there is still enough space and food for more people. In the past, there have been wars to take care of managing the population in certain regions. Concerning shifts in climate, people travelled to other regions when forced by the weather conditions. For this, we should better go deeper into the historical aspects and look at environmental history, palaeoclimatology, and archaeology. We better should also look at studies, how past complex societies were faced with climatic shifts or the anthropogenic degradation of their environments, so that we might be better equipped to grasp the unprecedented predicament we find ourselves in.

As in the past diseases also took care of diminishing the number of citizens at a certain place. We had the black pest or black death, the plague, Spanish influenza and now, hundred years after the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, Covid-19 disrupting people’s livelihoods through a second year, having killed already lots of people and having others choosing to defer having children, also when they look how our world is evolving (in the bad way).

In previous times, people did not get so old as now, and we can see that people shall still grow older. Those ageing populations may be seen as the inevitable symptom of our success, which is not a bad sign. In several industrialised countries, contraception helped avoid having more children than the country can support well. But this avoiding having more children and the ageing population brought also the worry about how to take care and pay for the growing number of non-working people against the slower group of working people, having to provide the financial source to support those elderly.

People should be more aware that the population may grow but not our earth. The resources of our planet are not eternal. What is going wrong at the moment is that in our so-called civilised countries too many people are overusing natural products. To be sustainable, humanity should not consume in a year more resources than our planet is able to produce yearly.

Importance of how to use natural sources

World leaders should make their citizens more aware of the importance of how using natural sources and how to keep in control the environmental impact that each individual must have in order to achieve a good level of human development. Though some leaders are still not convinced several people, communities, cities, businesses, schools, faith groups and other organisations are not waiting until they will come up with a solution or shall take action. Those conscious citizens have been fighting like their lives depend on it — because they do.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the planet was “hanging by a thread”.

“We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe… it is time to go into emergency mode – or our chance of reaching net zero will itself be zero.”

Out of balance

For sure our world at the moment is out of “Eco-balance” and many do not want to see or understand it. And once more we thought and hoped that the world leaders would tackle that subject seriously and righteously at the UN climate change summit in Glasgow.

We know that CO2 emissions are not only the product of the number of people, GDP per capita, energy consumption per unit of GDP and CO2 emissions per unit of energy.

It is not bad that we can see some agreement, countries willing to meet next year to pledge further major carbon cuts with the aim of reaching the 1.5C goal, though it would be much better and more solving if they went for pledges, fulfilling more than the limit global warming presented now, to about 2.4C.

“We would like to express our profound disappointment that the language we agreed on, on coal and fossil fuels subsidies, has been further watered down,”

Swiss environment minister Simonetta Sommaruga said.

“This will not bring us closer to 1.5C, but make it more difficult to reach it.”

That is what disappoints us so much!

Fragile and disappointing

The run-up to COP26 revealed the flaws in the architecture of the Paris Agreement:

failing to abide by past promises brings no penalty.

Many of the world’s worst climate offenders, from China to Mexico, Brazil and Australia, did little to nothing to enhance emissions plans despite pressure to do so.

The negotiations, which were supposed to end on Friday evening, dragged into Saturday when a meeting designed to close, the talks plunged into a floor fight over rules being drawn up for carbon markets — something that’s been unresolved in the six years since the Paris deal was signed.

The deal agreed Saturday will guide the trading of carbon credits between countries. It included concessions to Brazil and other nations arguing for loopholes. Those had been resisted for years by countries concerned that doing so would open the door to massive double-counting of emissions cuts. Developing countries — including China — also won concessions on how much they will have to publicly reveal about their efforts on cutting emissions.

Boris Johnson calls it a “big step forward” that a deal has been reached at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, after nearly two weeks of negotiations, but says there is a huge amount of work still to be done.

The Glasgow Climate Pact which has been agreed has been labelled everything from historic and aggressive to fragile and disappointing.

Some say that the measures taken, are some of the strongest seen in the past 30 years of climate talks. Rich nations agreed to double the amount of cash they’ll offer to vulnerable countries, and for the first time, fossil fuels were mentioned in a COP agreement. Many countries voiced serious disappointment because if every government sticks to its promises, the world will still face a temperature rise of about 2C, which would lead to devastating impacts all over the globe.
The overall consensus from delegates was that it was better to have an imperfect deal than no deal at all.

There was a massive Earth hanging from the ceiling at the COP26 conference, which Greenpeace flew a “not for sale” banner up to on the last day, using helium balloons

Conclusion

Reacting to the conclusion of COP26 in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said:

“It could be better, it should be better, …..
this is not the breakthrough deal that people hoped for in Glasgow.

“It’s meek, it’s weak and the 1.5C goal is only just alive, but a signal has been sent that the era of coal is ending. And that matters.

We can wonder how long youngsters would want to accept such low results. She warns

“Young people who’ve come of age in the climate crisis won’t tolerate many more outcomes like this. Why should they, when they’re fighting for their futures?

It is once more a lost battle.

“Glasgow was meant to deliver on firmly closing the gap to 1.5C and that didn’t happen, but in 2022 nations will now have to come back with stronger targets.

The only reason we got what we did is because young people, Indigenous leaders, activists and countries on the climate frontline forced concessions that were grudgingly given. Without them, these climate talks would have flopped completely. Our once stable climate is now breaking down around us, you see it every day in wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and melting ice. Time’s up, we’ve run out of road, and as a matter of self-survival we need to urgently mobilise to create irrepressible pressure that finally ends the era of all fossil fuels.”

What is important to remember is that

We’ve moved from richer nations largely ignoring the pleas of developing countries for promised finance to tackle climate change, to the beginnings of a recognition that their calls should be met. Now we need developed countries to scale up their offer of support and finance.

COP26 President Alok Sharma was first very afraid it would turn to no result, but got in the night a relief, finding

“a fine and fragile green thread which is weaved around this balanced package.”

Sharma said that

 “The world is willing us on to be bold,”

but that boldness was something that climate negotiators and national leaders made certain to calm ahead of the conference. Every country was supposed to enhance its goals for cutting emissions through 2030. But it was clear weeks before delegates showed up in Scotland that wouldn’t happen.
That means the heavy lifting will have to happen after Glasgow.

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Read also

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  5. How extreme weather is linked to climate change
  6. Rome gathering before heading to Glasgow
  7. UK’s path to net zero set out in landmark strategy
  8. Cop26 presidency run from within the UK Cabinet Office
  9. World leaders gathering in the Scottish city of Glasgow for the UN climate conference
  10. Each of the small voices important
  11. Young people at COP26 have to “Stay angry”
  12. Joe Biden has criticised the leaders of China and Russia for not turning up to the COP26 climate summit
  13. Millions more people being exposed to extreme heat.
  14. Evasive words, but deal shows progress
  15. The end of week one at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow
  16. How the final day unfolded
  17. COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow
  18. Charities demand radicalism in face of officials’ delay
  19. Climate talks with a familiar outcome
  20. The ‘Glasgow Pact’ generated more criticism than praise
  21. Glasgow outcome: a COP-out for the Arctic – and the rest of the planet

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Preceding

Shared inheritance plus integral and integrating vision

World Agenda for Sustainability

Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear

2015 Ecology

Global watershortages and Worsening food security conditions

Global warming a solution Global Warming and what an Individual can do about it – Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Shifting towards a cleaner economy

A Miracle of Unity at COP21

Natural capital in concept works. They know it, we know it, but how come it rarely translates at the coal-face of sustainable development?

The European Union – the environmental challenges and your voice

High time to to put the environment at the heart of people’s lives

June – July 2019

2019 was #1 a Year of Raising fire and voices

Tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

How We Can Make the World a Better Place by 2030

Stepping forward with public commitments for Making different sectors carbon neutral by 2050

Reducing effects of environmental disasters

Postponing once more

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

Shifting towards a cleaner economy

Challenges of the Post-Pandemic period

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Additional reading

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  2. COP 20 – how much will it help the climate change response?
  3. What Did We Do?
  4. The near-indestructible giant trees in danger
  5. The Climate Crisis: It’s Not Just Consumers’ Faults
  6. State capitalism and climate emergency
  7. Us and climate change – We can do much more than we think
  8. Looking at man’s closest friend
  9. How to make sustainable, green habits second nature
  10. Four ways to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises simultaneously
  11. Is Organic food even safe?
  12. Today’s thought “Allowed to have dominion over the universe” (January 02)

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Trying to claim some blogs on Bloglovin’

This is just an informational posting for trying to succeed by registering some of my blogs by Bloglovin‘, a platform that would present several blogs to its readers.

There are a crop of blogging companion tools and lots of bloggers hope to reach some readers.

Bloglovin’ started out as a prettier version of an RSS reader, and it has evolved over time to be a portal for fashion and lifestyle content from the blogs its users follow. The site’s audience of 10 million monthly unique visitors is 93 percent women, with a median age of 20, according to internal stats.

Bloglovin’ promises a rise in readings, building on the introduction of a mobile reader app, widgets that show which readers follow which blogs and a public aggregator for most-loved posts. Google Reader’s shutdown proved fruitful for the company, as Bloglovin’ rallied bloggers to tell their readers to follow them on its site.

“We got thousands of blog posts about it,”

said Bloglovin’ CEO Mattias Swenson in 2013 in an interview.

Basically, the site tries to be the interconnecting tissue between blogs and blog readers, and that is something we can use. When looking at Bloglovin’ it looks like it manages to share many of the social-network-for-blogging tools that are familiar from Tumblr, but it can be used to read any blog site as well as larger news sites, too. The one thing it doesn’t do is host blogs itself.

The Bloglovin’ community tends to like things that are different from more general interest sites. Therefore it could be interesting to be connected to it. With this posting, I am trying to claim this site, because I do not seem to be able to claim my other site “Some view on the world

With some good luck, I look forward to claim this site.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Additional reading

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  2. Claiming some of my blogs on Bloglovin’

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Donald Trump requesting to block investigations about the insurrection

Donald Trump filed a lawsuit requesting to block the House of Representatives select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection from accessing a tranche of White House records held by the National Archives. He did this after lawyer Dana Remus, who has served as White House counsel for U.S. President Joe Biden since January 2021, informed him that present president Joe Biden would not be honouring his request to use executive privilege, a legal doctrine that protects deliberations between and among the president and his advisers, to shield the records sought by the select committee.

On 9 November, US District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled that the committee probing the events leading up to and surrounding the assault on Congress — the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814 — will be able to access telephone records, visitor logs and other documents generated during the Trump administration.

Presumably, Trump is somewhere very aware of how his position as an American citizen could be jeopardised, as he has on several occasions expressed riotous or dissenting opinions during the previous elections but also after the election results were known. He then repeatedly asked his supporters not to just let it happen, but to rise up and storm the Capitol, which his supporters eventually did. While they were doing so, he did not try for a single moment to calm people down, but rather kept his tone of voice indicating that they were doing the right thing and should not let themselves be done.

After White House Counsel Dana Remus had informed him that president Joe Biden would not be honouring his request to use executive privilege, a legal doctrine which protects deliberations between and among the president and his advisers, to shield the records sought by the select committee, Donald Trump got on his horse, abusing the office of the presidency and accusing them of failing to recognise and accomplish what he was entitled to and what the people had voted for him to do by opposing his appointment as well as his defence.

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Jennifer Rene Psaki, American political advisor serving as the 34th and current White House press secretary.

According to the White House press secretary Jen Psaki,

“The former president’s actions represented a unique and existential threat to our democracy that we don’t feel can be swept under the rug, and as President Biden determined … the constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield information.”

It is not at all appropriate to give a president all the power and to allow him the people to rabble against other politicians in the country or nation, and certainly not to oppose a democratic electoral process.

Under precedents set by prior Supreme Court rulings, that decision to invoke executive privilege over the documents, should be “accorded greater weight” than Mr Trump’s wishes.

Ms Psaki said

“Plaintiff does not acknowledge the deference owed to the incumbent president’s judgment. His position that he may override the express will of the executive branch appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power ‘exists in perpetuity’.”

Trump needs to realise that his political or sovereign immunity no longer exists as he is no longer a president and is not part of the sitting heads of government.

She continues:

“But presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not president. He retains the right to assert that his records are privileged, but the incumbent president ‘is not constitutionally obliged to honour’ that assertion.”

Later she also added that Mr Biden’s decision not to use the privilege

“is consistent with historical practice and his constitutional power”.

The judge also rejected an argument made by Mr Trump’s lawyers which would have had the court review each document requested by the committee to determine if it should be shielded under the former president’s privilege claim, describing the proposal as using the judicial branch as “a tiebreaker” between him and Mr Biden.

“The court … is not best situated to determine executive branch interests, and declines to intrude upon the executive function in this manner. It must presume that the incumbent is best suited to make those decisions on behalf of the executive branch,”

she wrote.

“The court therefore holds that Plaintiff’s assertion of privilege is outweighed by President Biden’s decision not to uphold the privilege, and the court will not second guess that decision by undertaking a document-by-document review that would require it to engage in a function reserved squarely for the executive”.

Additionally, Judge Chutkan rejected arguments from Mr Trump’s attorneys which challenged the constitutionality of the Presidential Records Act — the 1978 law which governs the handling of White House official records of Presidents and Vice Presidents created or received after January 20, 1981, and mandating the preservation of all presidential record — and asked the court to block the committee’s request because it was overly broad and lacked a valid legislative purpose.

“The court has no difficulty discerning multiple subjects on which legislation ‘could be had’ from the select committee’s requests,”

Great Seal of the United Statesshe wrote, offering examples such as

“enacting or amending criminal laws to deter and punish violent conduct targeted at the institutions of democracy…imposing structural reforms on executive branch agencies to prevent their abuse for antidemocratic ends, amending the Electoral Count Act, and reallocating resources and modifying processes for intelligence sharing by federal agencies charged with detecting, and interdicting, foreign and domestic threats to the security and integrity of our electoral processes” as “examples of potential reforms” that Congress might find to be “necessary or appropriate to securing democratic processes, deterring violent extremism, protecting fair elections, and ensuring the peaceful transition of power” as a result of the committee’s work.

It is too important for American history to leave those documents hidden. The presidential records which are requested from the National Archives are critical for understanding the terrible events of 6 January and should shed a light on what really happened and who was or was not in charge of the event.

The decisive ruling on the former president’s lawsuit, can only give the Americans the feeling the state is working in their interest and is even willing to investigate the works of their presidents. For the public, it is good to know that the executive branch is willing to provide Congress with testimony and information when it is in the public interest.

Bennie Thompson, said

“This decision affirms the importance of the select committee’s work to get answers for the American people, recommend changes to the law to strengthen our democracy, and help ensure nothing like the attack of 6 January ever happens again.”

We can see that Mr Trump continues to peddle all kinds of nonsense and keeps throwing untruths on the net, which should make more Americans realise by now that this ‘gentleman’ is an untrustworthy person and a general danger to democracy in their nation.

Unless Judge Chutkan or the DC Circuit intervenes by blocking her ruling from going into effect, US archivist David Ferriero will begin turning documents over to the committee on 12 November.

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United States of America once more showing how it wants to Distort Historical Facts and Truth

Manipulated content on social media

Who can tackle Donald Trump

In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control

A president daring to use the Bible for underlining his hate speech

The Hero of the greatest …. failures

Hollowness of democracy

2020 in view #1 The 45th president of the U.S.A.

2020 in view #2 The 45th president of the U.S.A. not willing to go

Stress-test for democracy #1 Storming of the Capitol in Washington

Stress-test for democracy #2 A coup d’etat with bloodshed

The death knell of an Empire

 

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  2. Fearmongering succeeded and got the bugaboo a victory
  3. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
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  5. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #2
  6. Voted against their system
  7. Russian involvement in US elections
  8. Americans their stars, pretension, God, Allah and end of times signs #1 Abrahamic religions
  9. Americans their stars, pretension, God, Allah and end of times signs #2 War on God’s Plan, Name and title
  10. Dear Mr. President – A Response to the “Shithole Countries” Comment
  11. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  12. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  13. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  14. Trump’s rhetoric is infusing a culture of Anti-Semitism
  15. Shall the American again being put to the test
  16. Yup
  17. The Weight of History
  18. He Becomes a Fool Through His Endless Desire
  19. The one that exploded the great American story that lay beneath it
  20. Trump has been buffetted by accusations of misconduct
  21. What Steve Bannon really wants
  22. The Trump clan declares itself a Kennedy-like dynasty
  23. So-called own sacred values under threat
  24. U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue
  25. Dear Mr. President
  26. Trump Dragging the Jews and Israel into the scrum, using both as one more weapon in his racist rants.
  27. Deal of the century or roadmap to apartheid?
  28. Facts: Why they matter and how to check them
  29. Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump
  30. Evangelicals & Seduction
  31. Death to the GOP! Or not.
  32. Trump going over the top bringing a blasphemous act
  33. Trump is proven wrong by the judge

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In oktober 2021 ben ik geridderd en lid geworden van de Ridders van het Klimaatverbond

Sinds eind oktober kon je een nieuw logo vinden op twee van mijn sites en sinds vandaag ook op From Guestwriters.

Ik ben deel gaan uitmaken van een gemeenschap van mensen uit zes landen en 18 staten van de VS. Samen en op eigen houtje proberen we meer bewustzijn te brengen over de manier waarop we leven en hoe we moeder aarde behandelen. Over deze zaken vind je o.a. artikelen op “My Space“, op het recent aan WordPress toegevoegde “Some view on the world” en op “From Guestwriters“.

Vorige maand heb ik me aangesloten bij die schrijvers van over de hele wereld die al op een of andere manier en op een of ander niveau strijden tegen de klimaatverandering. Dat maakt ons allemaal klimaatactivisten, en kunnen we ons als zodanig identificeren. Maar soms is er een uitnodiging nodig om mensen zover te krijgen dat ze de titel opeisen. Ondertussen is het de menselijke natuur om anderen die er hetzelfde over denken aardig te vinden en zich met hen te identificeren.

We maken een verschil in de strijd tegen klimaatverandering en ontkenning van de klimaatwetenschap.

Wij zijn een non-profit gemeenschap van activisten
die werken aan het aanpakken van de klimaatcrisis
en de ontkenning van de klimaatverandering tegen te gaan.

De mensen rond onze Ronde Tafel variëren van hardcore, stoere demonstranten en demonstranten tot grootmoeders die hun eigen containers naar de plaatselijke delicatessenwinkel dragen. Ieder van ons doet wat we kunnen, waar we kunnen en wanneer we kunnen om de klimaatverandering te vertragen.

De Ridders van het Klimaatverbond of Knights of the Climate Covenant werd gelanceerd op de Dag van de Aarde 2021 om meer gewone mensen in staat te stellen zich te identificeren als klimaatactivisten en zich in te zetten om een verschil te maken in de strijd tegen de klimaatcrisis. Of het nu gaat om het veranderen van persoonlijk gedrag, het helpen van anderen bij het veranderen van hun gedrag, het pleiten voor klimaatactie of het verantwoordelijk houden van gekozen functionarissen, en het maakt niet uit hoe substantieel of schijnbaar onbeduidend onze activiteiten zijn, we zijn allemaal Ridders van het Klimaatverdrag.

De klimaatcrisis richt overal ter wereld ravages aan en treft kwetsbare gemeenschappen en mensen die in armoede leven onevenredig zwaar. Als wereldburgers dringen wij er bij de wereldleiders die COP26 bijwonen op aan om:

  • De klimaatverandering een halt toeroepen door zich te verbinden tot ambitieuze mitigatieplannen die de emissies terugdringen en de opwarming van de wereld binnen 1,5°C houden.
  • Steun voor het opbouwen van veerkracht voor gemarginaliseerde gemeenschappen en mensen die in armoede leven en nu al het zwaarst te lijden hebben onder de gevolgen van de klimaatverandering.
  • Steun voor de inspanningen van lagere-inkomenslanden om hun eigen emissies te verminderen en groene investeringen te doen.

Die leiders hebben de macht om ons op weg te zetten naar een veilige en stabiele toekomst, maar zij moeten nu doortastend optreden, en dat is wat wij allen, als bewoners van deze wereld, van hen moeten vragen.

Er is een tijd om te handelen – het is nu of nooit.

De leiders moeten de top gebruiken om de doelstellingen van het klimaatakkoord van Parijs binnen bereik te brengen en tegelijk de weg te bereiden voor een rechtvaardige overgang van fossiele brandstoffen naar een meer inclusieve en milieuvriendelijke toekomst.

Maar we zijn er ook van overtuigd dat elke burger zijn of haar steentje moet bijdragen. Regeringen hebben weliswaar de macht om een beleid te voeren dat de uitstoot tegen 2030 halveert, maar ook de privésector heeft een belangrijke rol te spelen in de transformatie van de wereldeconomie – en veel bedrijven doen al een stap in die richting. En als consumenten moeten we verantwoordelijke gebruikers van de materiële goederen zijn en ervoor zorgen dat de ecologische voetafdruk zo klein mogelijk is.

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Vindt alstublieft / Please do find The Covenant Blog: The Knights Speak

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In 2021 October I have been Knighted and became member of the Knights of the Climate Covenant

Since the end of October you could find a new logo on two of my sites, and since today also on From Geustwriters.

I have  become part of a community of people from six nations and 18 USA states. Together and on our own, we are trying to bring more awareness concerning the way we are living and how we treat mother earth. Concerning those matters you might find a.o. articles on “My Space“, on the recently to WordPress added “Some view on the world” and on “From Guestwriters“.

Last month, I joined those writers from all over the world who are already fighting climate change in some way and on some level. That makes us all climate activists, and we can identify as such. Sometimes, though, it takes an invitation to get people to claim the title. Meanwhile, it’s human nature to like and identify with others who feel the same way.

We’re making a difference in the fight against climate change and climate science denial.

We are a non-profit community of activists
working to address the climate crisis
and counter climate-change denial.

People around our Round Table range from hardcore, badass marchers and protesters to grandmothers who carry their own containers to the local deli. Each of us is doing whatever we can, wherever we can and whenever we can to slow climate change.

Knights of the Climate Covenant launched on Earth Day 2021 to allow more everyday people to identify as climate activists and commit to making a difference in the fight against the climate crisis. Regardless of whether it’s changing personal behaviours, helping others change theirs, advocating for climate action or holding elected officials accountable, and no matter how substantive or seemingly insignificant our activities, we are all Knights of the Climate Covenant.

The climate crisis is wreaking havoc around the world and is disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities and people living in poverty. As Global Citizens, we urge the world leaders attending COP26 to:

  • Stop climate change by committing to ambitious mitigation plans that cut emissions and keep the world within 1.5 degrees of warming.
  • Ensure support to build resilience for marginalized communities and people living in poverty who are already bearing the brunt of climate change’s consequences.
  • Support lower income countries’ efforts to cut their own emissions and make green investments.

Those leaders have the power to set us down a path to a safe and stable future but they must act now and boldly, and that is what we all, as inhabitants of this world, have to ask them.

There’s a vanishing window for action — it’s now or never.

Leaders have to use the summit to put the goals of the Paris climate agreement within reach, while also setting the stage for a just transition away from fossil fuels toward a more inclusive and environmentally healthy future.

Though we are also convinced, each citizen has to do his or her part too. While governments have the power to enact policies that halve emissions by 2030, the private sector also has a significant role to play in transforming the global economy — and many companies are already stepping up. And as consumers, we have to be responsible users of the material goods and have to take care that the ecological footprint shall be as low as possible.

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Please do find The Covenant Blog: The Knights Speak

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases

This morning I watched a very interesting interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger on BBC Breakfast. In the last few months, he has uttered his displeasure with such people as the former President of America, Donald Trump, and his supporters.

The BBC interview was very well-placed after documenting how in the U.S.A. they try to renegade the Everglades and do as much as they can to save Miami from not drowning under the rising sea level.

Ahead of the COP26 climate summit, the former Republican governor of California told the BBC that cutting carbon emissions will benefit global economies.
He also wished to reassure those many climate change deniers and those who claim that it is impossible to turn the tide and that it would be far too expensive to do so, and called on them to look at his state, where they have succeeded in turning back the state of massive pollution to the state of 1990. Instead of losing jobs there were created a lot more jobs and lots of money has been saved.

In a wide-ranging interview for BBC Radio 4’s 39 Ways to Save the Planet series, Mr Schwarzenegger claimed California’s continued economic success and prolific job creation proves carbon dioxide reduction and boosting wealth go hand in hand.

“They are liars, they are stupid. Or they don’t know how to do it, because we figured how to do it and it’s all about having the balls to do it,”

he argued.
But therein lies the great difficulty. Politicians must have the guts to go against the current of the big international corporations that are only interested in higher profits.

Governments must promise more ambitious cuts in warming gases if we are to prevent greater global temperature rises.

He expressed particular alarm about the air pollution and greenhouse gases coming fa.o. from shipping, and suggested the most important thing we can do as individuals to cut carbon is to shop local. We just have to minimise the transport of goods we need.

“Buy local products. Every time you buy something from overseas, that is evil for the environment – this is like the worst thing you can do.”

When challenged over whether, as a Republican politician, he should support global capitalism that drives this kind of trade, Mr Schwarzenegger rejected this characterisation.

“You can have competition but you have to be smart about it… because if people are dead, they are dead. It’s over.”

In the interview he mentioned that he is planning to be at the climate talks in Glasgow next week, but that he doesn’t put huge faith in the top-down system. It looks like he does not find it a bad idea that youngsters come onto the streets to protest because he believes the solution might come from popular pressure and technological change.

Mr Schwarzenegger remains optimistic and still believes:

“There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

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The Climate Crisis and the Need for Utopian Thinking

The Paradox of Capitalism

Strasbourg – Conference on the Future of Europe

G7 and Building Back Better

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  5. Simple guide to climate change
  6. What will climate change look like for you?
  7. Will the UK meet its climate targets?
  8. Death to the GOP! Or not.
  9. COP26
  10. Time for world to ‘grow up’ and tackle climate change, says Boris Johnson
  11. The world is still on course for climate catastrophe
  12. Us and climate change – We can do much more than we think
  13. Capitalism and relevance to climate change
  14. State capitalism and climate emergency

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Crumbling European solidarity or yet another day at the office?

The problem with the present situation in Poland, Hungary and Romania is that the issue in Poland is so controversial that every member country wants to intervene.

Morawiecki’ s intervention at the European Parliament last week was particularly shocking for a number of EU member nations and was unacceptable for us, European citizens.

“He was speaking to the EU as if it were external, as someone who is not mentally inside the EU,”

said one senior official, with good reason, because the Polish leader gave us enough insight into the way his country is willing to go and wanting to ignore a lot of its own citizens.

As taxpayers in the Union we can not give in to the Polish threat which is,

‘Give us money without conditions, so we can peacefully build an autocracy within the EU, or we will wreck your union’.”

This is war language, not worthy of any member-state of the democratic European Union. To no surprise, many EU leaders explicitly pushed the Commission to withhold EU recovery funds until Warsaw introduces a series of judicial reforms that von der Leyen outlined in her speech to the European Parliament last week.

It can well be that we shall have to face a further East-West rift at the heart of the EU, but we are already working on the construction of a Sovereign European Union, that we may not give in and should stand firm on our values, ethics and human rights.
For sure, we may not go for or accept a “second-tier status” for Poland and Hungary compared to other member countries.

Any move toward a fudged compromise would kill the Commission’s credibility on both the rule of law and the implementation of the recovery fund, and would undermine the credibility of many residents of the European Union and remove any confidence for further agreements.

French President Emmanuel Macron may be taking a much more cautious approach this time around, him going soft. He sets the French presidential race first, and therefore does not like Brussels versus Warsaw to become a huge conflict that could spill into the French presidential race, especially as the French electorate is also ignorant and confused about how the EU works and is ripe for exploitation by distorted, populist arguments, which are difficult to counter in soundbites. All member states have to put their own interests aside and choose for the important unity and credibility in the Union.

All the countries that want to be members of the European Union must realise that joining means accepting the universal human rights that must be safeguarded in the Union, and that together we must also bear the burden and enjoy the benefits. It is a question of solidarity in terms of costs and benefits.

The EU democracy is there for all who want to share country and peace in accord of the acceptance of all sorts of people, cultures and beliefs or religious or non-religious affections. All those who can not agree with the EU values have no place in that Union.

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Also you can use your voice to give a clear signal about Hungary and human rights

A look back on one decade of unchecked power and mixed results

Strasbourg – Conference on the Future of Europe

Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Defeating populism in the EU by education of the young people

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defending the freedom rights of all European citizens

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Additional reading

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  5. Fight against nationalism main struggle for feminists today
  6. Rights of Polish people in danger
  7. Need of a sovereign decision about sovereign decisions by sovereign member states
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The Commissariat's Journal

Further news coming out of the European Union as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (acting on permission of the Polish High Courts), announced that the country’s national constitution takes precedence over European legislation.

The Polish PM arriving in Brussels.

For those not in the know, a central tenet of the European Union is that EU-passed legislation must always take priority over domestic legislation/constitutions, a move the Polish PM clearly disagrees with.

To further complicate matters, Hungary, another EU nation led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has backed Poland in their declaration.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán

Mr Orbán is a notable figure within the European community, having for lack of a better word ‘pissed off’ the EU on many occassions.

Commenting on the threat of sanctions on Poland by the EU, the Hungarian PM stated ‘Poland – the best country in Europe – theres no need to have any sanctions’.

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Leeds leads European discussion on how cities can support migrant children

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Leeds joined with the city of Amsterdam and other cities from across Europe to discuss the important role local governments have to play in supporting the integration and inclusion of migrant children at a local level.

Speaking at a Eurocities event looking at the rights of migrant children, Cllr Fiona Venner, Executive Member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships at Leeds City Council, introduced some of the projects in place in Leeds to support migrant children and the importance of working in partnership with other stakeholders across the city, such as schools, universities and the third sector. Cllr Venner also highlighted the important role of the Leeds Migration Partnership in supporting migrant children in Leeds which brings together a range of organisations from across the city to talk about issues faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrant groups.

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European migration policy not working

Migratory pressure

The last few days MEPs voiced their strong support for Polish citizens who are taking to the streets to fight for rule of law and judges and prosecutors that continue to apply EU law, and called on Polish authorities to listen to and respect them. Next to the LGBT rights were also the rights of those who want to find a better life in Poland and other countries of the EU in discussion. Migratory pressures continue to increase in Greece, Italy and in the Baltic region.

The issue of migration has already been more than once hotly debated at the European Council in Brussels.

Refugee movements and migration

Refugee movements and migration are at the centre of global attention. In recent years, Europe has had to respond to the most severe migratory challenge since the end of the Second World War. The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration. In response to these challenges, the EU has embarked on a broader process of reform aimed at rebuilding its asylum and migration policies based on four pillars: reducing the incentives for irregular migration by addressing its root causes, improving returns and dismantling smuggling and trafficking networks; saving lives and securing the external borders; establishing a strong EU asylum policy, and providing more legal pathways for asylum-seekers and more efficient legal channels for regular migrants.

The record migratory flows to the EU witnessed during 2015 and 2016 had subsided by the end of 2017 and 2018. However, in order to deliver what the Commission calls an effective, fair and robust future EU migration policy, the EU, based on the Treaties and other legal and financial instruments, has been implementing both immediate and longer-term measures.
Europe, due to its geographic position and its reputation as an example of stability, generosity and openness against a background of growing international and internal conflicts, climate change and global poverty, is likely to continue to represent an ideal refuge for asylum-seekers and migrants. This is also reflected in the growing amounts, flexibility and diversity of EU funding for migration and asylum policies inside as well as outside the current and future EU budget.

No Wall or Iron Curtain around Europe to solve European migration policy

The President of the EU Commission acknowledged that the Lukashenko regime provides on the borders of the Baltic States a deliberate attack on the European Union, but at the same time stated that Brussels would not allocate funds for the construction of fences to stop the flow of illegal migrants.

The President of Lithuania has announced that signals have also been received about Belarus’ efforts. The Belarussian regime is looking for new ways to transport migrants from the Middle East to the Baltic region. This crisis has shown that, despite the influx of migrants in 2016, Member States do not have a common approach to migration.

Tomas Tobé, Rapporteur on Asylum and Migration Management Regulation talked about that matter on October the 26th of 2021. He opened by agreeing that there is a problem in Europe. He thinks that

it is clear that the European migration policy is not working. It is not working for the migrants. We see people dying in the Mediterranean Sea. We see reports of pushbacks. It is not working for the Member States. We see that there is a lack of solidarity between the Member States and there are very few Member States who actually are active in taking responsibility.

On the other hand, the liberal Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium, Member of the European Parliament says:

“There is no European migration policy. This remains the exclusive competence of the 27 Member States. At my first European Council, which I attended many years ago, in 1999, we agreed at the time that migration policy was a European competence, but we are still not there. The problems that exist in your country and elsewhere can only be solved if there is a single migration policy, not 27 different policies. ”

Tomas Tobé EU Rapporteur on Asylum and Migration Management Regulation

Providing an impactful solidarity

Tomas Tobé is aware that we can see a lack of trust in many countries that Europe is not delivering on migration. But for him it is important that we find a way forward, the EU has had a political deadlock for a long time, we need now to find a way to move forward.

I think that we should do that in a spirit of mutual trust and also that we can provide an impactful solidarity and that this overall makes sure that we can break the deadlock, that we can come together in the European Parliament who always have stand ready to negotiate with the Member States, but that we now also can see some progress in the Council. The Commission’s proposal was presented, as you know. And in my proposal, I make more than 160 changes and I will not go through them all at this press conference, of course.

Tobé thinks it is clear that we do need to have strong tools when it comes to what we should do when we have people arriving to Europe. But we also need to make sure that we have an opportunity for Member States and especially the frontline Member States. He wants to give an opportunity for the Member States to say we are at risk of migratory pressure earlier and that will make sure that the Commission needs to act. He said:

I will also propose that the Commission will have to present a five year strategy on migration management.

This is something that we should evaluate every year and they should also be reported to this house through the European Parliament. I also would like to strengthen the cooperation with third countries. I think it is clear that we need to have a strong solidarity to help the people that are in need of protection, like refugees.

Avoiding shattered dreams and broken families

At the moment we are facing about 30 percent of the refugees entering Europe returning to where they came from. Often it is because they find their dreams shattered, Europe not being such heaven on earth like they thought or imagined it to be. Tobé would love to see that changed at the same time to make sure that we can do that in a spirit of cooperation with third countries outside of Europe. He has good reason to believe that prevention is a first key message, because the European Union should make more work of preventing people wanting to come to our regions and wanting to give so much money to people smugglers. I am convinced that by using more visual material and some good information about the negative elements are for leaving the home country in exchange for a dream which perhaps can not be realised so far away from other family members and the heimat.

By informing people in third countries about the dangers and other negative aspects of leaving the homeland, we shall be able to avoid such an exodus from Third World countries to try the big crossing to Europe.

In the East of Europe we also see a very bad evolution, member states going in their own direction. They are going away from a European solution, neglecting European laws, like the protection of people and many freedom rights.

We need to find a pragmatic approach to find something that could be acceptable for everyone.

says Tobé, who adds that for him,

it is clear that if we move away from mandatory relocation, then we have to make sure that we have impactful solidarity for the frontline Member States. When it comes to solidarity measures that have been introduced by the Commission, they have introduced two separate solidarity measures. I want them combined in one.

Since we know that returns are not working today we need to find a way to also have Member States contributing to returns being more effective and also we need more capacity building. But let me be very clear: capacity building and economic support cannot be an easy way out to opt out from the European migration policy.

Necessary solidarity for the asylum seekers

Strangely enough, he does not bring to the forefront that there should be more solidarity by taking in and providing lodgings for the asylum seekers. I had hoped he would also have looked at the frenzied hope of escaping violence, hunger or miserable conditions of those who try to enter Europe. We also can not leave the European border countries tackling those floods of people who want to immigrate in our Union.

Support to third-party countries has to be given to reduce migratory pressure at the bloc’s borders. In June the EU members promised to intensify

“mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperation with countries of origin and transit”

to

“prevent loss of life and to reduce pressure on European borders.”

We may not close our eyes to countries that allow people from the South to be used as cattle and to be exposed to horrific levels of violence, including kidnapping. We know about the horror, many of the vast majority of people attempting the Mediterranean crossing, passing through Libya. Such pass-through countries, like Lybia and Turkey should do more against the torture and extortion those emigrating people have to endure.

People in Libya are also often detained in detention centres, usually in horrendous conditions – and those in detention, for example, in Tripoli have been trapped in the ongoing conflict in the city, with some centres having been caught in airstrikes, with people unable to escape, and then killed or injured.

General view of the Osmaniye Cevdetiye Camp, in Turkey on 10th of February, 2016 during a visit by the BUDG – Committee on Budgets Delegation of the European Parliament.

Human trafficking

The last decades European attempts to stem migration by strengthening national borders and bolstering detention facilities outside its borders have been pushing people into smugglers hands to get them past checkpoints, across borders, through fences, out of prisons and ultimately onto boats on the Mediterranean Sea.

Horribly enough, for those people who do make it to Europe, the challenges – and dangers faced – start again once onshore. Those who are caught are, if not sent back, being forced to live in unhygienic conditions. A lot of asylum seekers struggle to find their way in adverse weather, treacherous border crossings, hostile authorities, and do not only become desperate but in these circumstances, many also become sick, injured, or struggle with mental health issues. Lots of children just do not survive the crossing.

Instead of confronting the vicious cycle that their own policies are creating, politicians have hidden behind unfounded accusations towards NGOs and individuals who attempt to help people in dire straits.

The EU must help member states at the external borders more, to manage migration flows and ensure that those seeking protection are welcomed in line with its core values, but also that there is a quicker flow to other countries so that the intake is better distributed all over the European Union. It was already a step in the good direction to have unaccompanied minors from the Greek islands transferred to other EU countries. Some requested that relocation should also apply to other vulnerable asylum-seekers and to families.

EU Blue Card

MEPs underlined that solidarity with frontline countries is key and that migration should not be used for political purposes. In September 2021 they adopted the reform of the Blue Card Directive, in place since late 2009, the EU Blue Card to facilitate the employment of highly qualified non-EU nationals and help alleviate labour shortages in key sectors. Originally proposed by the Commission in 2016, this will be the only legislative change at EU level in the field of legal labour migration in recent years. However, the scheme has not attracted enough of these much-needed workers, with only 36 806 Blue Cards issued in the EU in 2019 (and Germany issuing most of them).

Irregular and regular immigration

The European Parliament is actively involved, in the adoption of new laws on irregular and regular immigration. It is a full co-legislator together with the Council representing member states on these matters since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.

It can not be brought up that Europe has had to respond to the most severe migratory challenge since the end of the Second World War. The unprecedented arrival of refugees and irregular migrants in the EU, which peaked in 2015, exposed a series of deficiencies and gaps in EU policies on asylum, external borders and migration. Already six years have passed and there is still no reasonable solution.

Respecting Geneva Convention

The European Union should put much more pressure on the countries around the Union and in the Union, for the need to respect the Geneva Convention and to offer protection to refugees. Politicians should also be aware that the allegations about police violence against people attempting to cross the border and the risk that jihadists could be entering EU territory are a fact we cannot ignore. Several video footage proves how member states of the Union act horrible and exceed all the laws of human rights.

EU external borders and migration policies

The member states of the European Union (EU), including Latvia, have addressed a single letter to the European Commission with a request to strengthen the bloc’s external borders.  Members of Parliament must have the courage to put their finger on the wound and tackle the pusillanimous elements of our society.

There has been talk of a common European Union migration policy since the late 1990s, but today, more than 20 years later, we are finding that there are as many migration policies as there are flags here at the European Parliament building.

Fabienne Keller (Renew, FR), Rapporteur on the draft report on Amended Asylum Procedure, assures:

Now on deadlines. The Commission has suggested 12 weeks for asylum procedures and 12 weeks to manage returns, and I support this timeline. I would like to see a more effective, more efficient procedure. We wish to move away from the mistakes of the past. Leaving people to have to take refuge in camps such as Moria, an example of what not to do on the Mediterranean coast.

When it comes to the implementation of this particular regulation on centres at the border she proposes that these centres would be entirely to be financed by the EU budget in order to provide tangible support to frontline countries. She also wishes to enable member states, frontline states, to set up these centres wherever they wish on their territory, not necessarily the physical external border.

And this may enable us to have more competent staff and essential services that will be made more accessible to those living in these camps.

Right of initiative

There are some agencies in the EU, in particular Frontex and the Asylum agency, who should receive a more specific mandate.

In particular, we’d like to see tangible solidarity means with, for instance, additional human support when there are large arrivals of migrants. And we would also like these agencies to have a right of initiative. This would mean that they would be able to respond swiftly were there to be a significant arrival at the point of entry to the European Union.

Now, when it comes to the staff and the means for border procedures. All of this depends on resources and in particular, human resources. As I have just said, I suggest that we make better use of human resources working for these agencies. We would also like the Commission to specify the human and material means necessary for these procedures, the type of staff, the training they ought to undergo, the number of staff thought to be available. And we were able to see this working in a simulation set up by the Commission and EASO setting out the number of staff members, the places where they ought to be working. And simulations like these are useful for us to have a better understanding of the kind of conditions people would expect. And we would like to see cooperation and coordination amongst all relevant stakeholders on this.

Detention & Returns

Keller has asked that the member states set up specific programmes for voluntary returns with suitable support in terms of resources that can be provided. She says:

Now, when it comes to respecting fundamental rights, which is due to the parliament’s heart, we ought to clarify rules on detention and deprivation of liberty.

Border centres have the possibility of refusing people entry onto national territory, so ask the Commission to clarify the rules around the detention that may take place, and these rules ought to be used only as a last resort. Still on fundamental rights, a further proposal urging member states to develop alternatives to deprivation of liberty, including an independent follow up mechanism on the implementation of the rules and the respect and upholding of fundamental rights. And I will be presenting this report to the Committee later on to hear from my colleagues. Since we wish to take a constructive approach working together, in order to move this package forward on asylum and migration.

We only can hope that those politicians making decisions shall take into full consideration that we talk here about the way children and young people are treated. Our eyes and heart should be on them when we and the MPs talk about conditions for deprivation of liberty and other cross-cutting themes.

Fabienne Keller lets us believe that

And we have a shared will to move forward together on this file. This is a file that Europeans want to see us move forward on. They want progress to be made.

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Preceding

Are people willing to take the responsibility for others

If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for

State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises

Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before

Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?

Complaining and fighting asylum seekers not giving signs of thankfulness

bORDER-Gastrofest

The New gulf of migration and seed for far right parties

Asylum seekers crisis and Europe’s paralysis

Refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and created fear

2015 Economy

EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

Populism endangering democracy

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Additional reading

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  2. Our stance against certain religions and immigrating people
  3. After display of unity back to disunity
  4. Negative views of immigrants, Muslims and Jews
  5. Living in the EU: Asylum and Migration
  6. Poster: Please Help The Refugees
  7. The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it
  8. Denmark votes in favour for a Discriminatory Nazi law
  9. Tribes Redux
  10. Institutional Racism
  11. Expecting the E.U. to stand in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan

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