Croatia: Majority (Croat) Rights Vs. Minority (Serb) Rights

A big black spot for the conscience of the European citizen, with incomprehension for such killings, while the media watched but a insufficiently strong UN action drove an unwelcome number of victims outrageously to death.


To remember

  • November 2013: Vukovar council proclaiming Vukovar “city of special significance” exempt from Croatian minority rights legislation <= suffered when besieged + destroyed by Serbian forces in 1991.
    Kosovo conflict

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (centre) surrounded by Albanian refugees as he speaks with media correspondents at a refugee camp in Macedonia, 1999.

  • August 2015, Vukovar changed town statute > collective rights of Serb minority [re street signs, government building signs etc.) to be ensured when conditions are met => councillors in Vukovar of Serb extraction could get documents issued in Serbian Cyrillic language/script
  • 2 July 2019: Constitutional Court decision overturned some of the Vukovar Town Council statue change> Vukovar City councillors from Serb ethnic minority = same conditions as councillors of Croatian ethnicity.=> Council meeting minutes, agendas etc. official documents in their own language & available in Serbian Cyrillic script.
  • Constitutional Court of Croatia misses beat of its own country’s heart > reason victory over brutal Serb aggression in Homeland War => undermining of its defining morality + character> beacons for justice + democracy.
  •  minority rights taken out of context of national suffering + need to pursue justice for victims of brutal aggression=> major problems + discontent => blatant unfairness at basic human level
  • Croatia battles a political crisis with overtures of restructure of its government
  • Serb minority rights claims in hot seat => requires determination + resolve to end Serb provocation in Croatia
  • constitutional courts’ success in protecting democracy = measured by their jurisprudential record – performance according to legal professional standards of appropriate decision-making => courts  essentially reactive institutions
  • constitutional courts should be seen as political institutions with  capacity to adjust their decisions according to their likely effects.
  • most judges still sitting in that court in Croatia = remnants of the Yugoslav communist minds political pull or effects of Constitutional Court judgments > Yugo-nostalgia rather than independent Croatia.=> still be gasping + pleading for justice + human fairness towards  enormous number of victims of Serb aggression.
  • Friday 19 July 2019: Ivan Penava, Mayor of Vukovar,  accused sections of Croatian society of turning their heads away from the Homeland War + its victims.
  • thousands of those killed + imprisoned, of hundreds that were raped +  again of thousands of displaced people, of those whose rights were denied them > unfortunately too late for any kind of justice
  • Miroslav Separovic, President of the Constitutional Court >Vukovar Town Council will have to extend level of rights of the Serbian ethnic minority + court will not tolerate any delays because nothing has been done so far.
  • Friday 19 July, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic points to Article 8 of the Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities = rights must be interpreted + applied with aim of respecting minorities + the Croat people, developing understanding, solidarity, tolerance and dialogue among them <>fundamental human rights neglected = necessary prerequisites for expansion of special rights = democratic standard in Croatia not been procured + bad to delay them.
  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic called for same criteria to be applied to proceedings against war crimes suspects + declaration by appropriate authorities regarding those cannot be delayed
  • inconceivable nobody been made responsible for massacre at Borovo Selo + 30,000 concentration camp detainees  missing
  • call for patience + consideration = Vukovar still treating its wounds



Croatia, the War, and the Future

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia (L)
Ivan Penava, Mayor of Vukovar (R)

When the Constitutional Court of Croatia (of any country) evidently and blatantly misses the beat of its own country’s heart (and reason for existence – in the case of Croatia that reason is victory over brutal Serb aggression in the Homeland War) then one could justly pose the question of whether the nation should permit such undermining of its defining morality and character that are the beacons for justice and, if you like, full democracy. When minority rights are taken out of the context of national suffering and the need to pursue justice for the victims of brutal aggression, one inevitably ends up with major problems and discontent; and blatant unfairness at the basic human level. And so, while on the one hand Croatia battles a political crisis with overtures of restructure of its government, Serb…

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EU well placed to protect and enhance citizens’ living standards while pursuing an ambitious transition to an environmentally sustainable economy

Marianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said:

In 2018, we witnessed positive developments in the European economy, labour markets and society. For the sixth consecutive year, the EU’s ambitious agenda for jobs, growth and investment boosted a robust and job-rich recovery.

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The Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review is here again to provide evidence-based groundwork for this reflection. The 2019 edition focuses on “Sustainable growth for all: choices for the future of social Europe”. It explores the EU’s understanding of sustainable development and its links to economic growth, social inclusion, equality and well-being, climate and natural resources, and labour market institutions.
The news from ESDE’s analysis is good. Making Europe’s development sustainable is a perfectly realistic goal. Mainstreaming our actions upfront in the social domain as well as on climate and the environment can be a productive investment in economic performance. This is key to preserve our living standards.

ESDE confirms the continued expansion of the EU’s economy, all-time records for high employment and low unemployment as well as an improving social situation with the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE) continuing to fall below its pre-crisis level.

Nonetheless, ageing, globalisation, technological transformation, climate change and geopolitical uncertainties challenge the sustainability of these achievements and the EU’s socio-economic model. Citizens increasingly expect policymakers to accelerate the transition to a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economy that benefits the well-being of all and leaves nobody behind. This is why the 2019 ESDE is dedicated to the theme of sustainability with a focus on its social dimension. ESDE discusses policy options that can preserve the EU’s competitiveness, sustain growth for the entire EU population and future generations, while transitioning to a climate-neutral economy. Making this a just transition requires mainstreaming social considerations upfront, in the design phase as well as in the implementation of all policies.

At global level, new risks such as protectionist tendencies in trade and increased international economic and geopolitical uncertainties contributed to a slowdown in global and EU growth in 2018 and led to further downward corrections of economic forecasts.

It was nice to see that more young people could bring older ones to think about climate change. In several countries we could find youngsters for several weeks bringing the climate to the forefront. Climate change, environmental degradation and inefficient use of natural resources also weigh on sustainable development prospects in the EU and the world. More Europeans are increasingly demonstrating a keen awareness of these challenges and of the importance of addressing all three dimensions of sustainability – economic, social and environmental – together. The aim is to make all of Europe’s achievements — its competitive economy, high living standards, valued welfare state, and pioneering engagement with the environment — sustainable in the long term for future generations. In particular by participating in weekly ‘climate marches’ across Europe since
the second half of 2018, students and other EU citizens have requested accelerated action against climate change.

Greta Thunberg (2018 August 27)

It was lovely to see the movement for climate growing. The action by students, “School strike for the climate”, known as truancy for the climate or climate march for a better future, calling on governments to take measures against global warming could not be ignored any-more by the politicians.
The actions came about following the international movement School strikes for climate, School Strikes 4 Climate, Fridays for Future (Germany and Austria) and Klimastreik (Switzerland), which started in August 2018 on the initiative of Greta Thunberg.

Climate truants on January 24, 2019 in the Trierstraat, near the European Parliament, in Brussels

In Belgium, the first Youth for Climate actions started in December, 2018, at the initiative of a young climate activist from Mortsel (Antwerp) Anuna De Wever together with Kyra Gantois.

Galvanized by the COP24 Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, strikes continued at least in 270 cities in countries including Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

Feb 21, 2019 – Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has led a march of thousands of Belgian students who skipped classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels and draw more attention to fighting climate change.

“FridaysForFuture” protest in Berlin on 14 December 2018. Students Strike for Climate in front of the German parliament in Berlin.

Meanwhile, other parts of the population voiced their anxiety about the cost of the economic transition necessary to combat climate change and the fairness of sharing that cost.

In recent Eurobarometer surveys, Europeans mention social concerns
related to rising prices, health and social security, pensions and the financial situation of their household as the most important issues they face at a personal level. Concerns relating to environment, climate and energy issues and housing are gaining ground over time. Europeans increasingly demand action to address the evident contrasts, while continuing efforts to address other important challenges – notably migration and security – and combat climate change and environmental degradation.

We can well say that the policy challenge is multiple and requires simultaneous responses: to those who face difficulties making ends
meet, who feel uncertain about their employment prospects, who enjoy lower levels of well-being or feel left behind; to those who believe that climate action is currently too limited and too slow; to those who fear that it is happening faster than they can afford, or adjust to or that it is diverting resources away from other investments or innovation; and also to those who caution that unilateral climate action might hurt the EU’s productivity and competitiveness.


ESDE is the European Commission’s flagship analytical report in the area of employment and social affairs, mandated by Articles 151, 159 and 161 TFEU.


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Tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

The Commission has published the 2019 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review, this time dedicated to the theme of sustainability.

Tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs, according to ESDE 2019

The 2019 report shows that tackling climate change and preserving growth go hand in hand. It sets out a number of policy options that are able to preserve the EU’s competitiveness, sustain growth and spread its benefits to the entire EU population and future generations, while pursuing an ambitious transition to a climate-neutral economy.

The 2019 review also confirms the continued expansion of the EU’s economic activity, with new record levels in employment and an improving social situation.

Marianne Thyssen EPP Political Assembly, 4 June 2018.jpgMarianne Thyssen, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said:

Signum Juncker anno 2014.jpg“This annual review shows that the recovery has taken hold in the European economy. With 240.7 million Europeans at work, up by 13.4 million jobs since the start of the Juncker Commission, the employment rate in the EU is the highest ever recorded. Unemployment in Europe is historically low. And the number of people at risk of poverty continues to drop. This is a good springboard for stepping up the delivery for citizens on the basis of the European Pillar of Social Rights. This must include a fair transition to a climate-neutral economy that makes full use of the ‘green growth’ opportunities ahead. We can improve everybody’s living standards provided that the EU and Member States, together with the social partners, invest in new and better skills, higher qualifications and social services.”

By 2030 the transition to a climate-neutral economy is expected to create an additional 1.2 million jobs in the EU, on top of the 12 million new jobs already expected. The transition could mitigate the ongoing job polarisation resulting from automation and digitalisation by creating jobs also in the middle of the wage and skill distributions, particularly in construction and manufacturing.

The impacts of the transition will vary across countries and sectors. Therefore countries must prepare for this transition to make sure that people in occupations, sectors and regions that are still linked to high-carbon models are not left behind.

More generally, the review shows that to continue economic growth, the EU will need to invest in people’s skills and innovation. It also finds that social investments, such as access to childcare and early childhood education, make people more productive and increase their well-being. Affordable and adequate housing enables Europeans to fulfil their potential on the labour market and participate in society.

The annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe review provides up-to-date economic analysis of employment and social trends in Europe and discusses related policy options. It is the European Commission’s analytical flagship report in the area of employment and social affairs.

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Defeating populism in the EU by education of the young people

We sincerely should make some more work to have the young people come to see how it comes we may live in a peaceful Western Europe for nearly 75 years.

Some years ago students still had separate classes of geography and history, but then in several countries they were joined in one hour per week with World Orientation. Time is here that we should make work again for presenting more hours of education about Europe and the necessity of the European Union.

The last few years several populist politicians want to have most people to believe we would be better off without Europe. At the same time it looks like Europe was bombarded with several crisis’s, one after the other.

In the global recession, EU countries and the world economy sank into its biggest crisis since the Wall Street Crash in the 1930s. At that time, it led to the rise of Nazism and Fascism in Germany and Italy. I can’t help it, but nowadays I also have to think a lot about that period and I also notice how so many people are swept away by boisterous language. Today we are also several times confronted with hate talk against people who are different than the majority or who have an other religion than the mainstream.

Javier Ortega Smith giving a speech in 2018 in Vistalegre.

The failing economies of Spain, Ireland, Greece, Italy and Portugal, them losing sovereignty over control of their finances was a drop of oil on the hot plate. The bailouts of those countries crucially came with harsh austerity imposed amongst member states across Europe. This led to the rise in populism across Spain with the rise of the right-wing Spanish Vox party as well as the left-wing populist party Podemos to some extent.

The Arab Spring crisis in Syria which escalated heavily in 2014, caused an extra influx of migrants to European shores and borders, presenting a seizure in South Italy and the Greek islands. Trying to find their way into the other countries of Europe Countries Hungary felt the migration crisis more than most other EU member states due to the influx of migrants passing their border.

With the growing populism, questions are raised in which way far right movements can be allowed and how the parliament should react to groups like the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), the political group in the European Parliament of the Party of European Socialists (PES).

One may argue, that if EU parties worked together to defeat populism, they would be able to act as one voice and would increase the chances of the federalisation process of the EU. The overall aim of the populist movements and parties together, whether they are united or not, is to undermine the EU and its structures.

One good thing is that the populists movements are so different and not prepared to work together, at the same time spreading lots of leis of others, making it easier for us to show their weak spots. Therefore EU parties, should come to act as a single movement, putting aside all their own political agendas and views, working together against the populist movement in the European parliament, to destabilise the populist movement.

Though that working together the last few years seems to be so very difficult.
In case EU parties would be willing more to work together to cooperate on laws cracking down on populists who undermine the rule of law, the Union can be made stronger. First of all we should focus on those who are the easy pray of the populists and come to open their eyes. This requires giving much more information about what and how the European Union works. Secondly the Union has to require more that every one in the Union keeps to those things they voted for. Too often we could see that several countries did not want to put up their hand or give the others who did not keep to the set regulations a sever warning. This way we could see that countries such as Hungary and Poland could get away unpunished with many things we should not allow in the Democratic Union.

The Hungarian government of Orbán, last year, tried to undermine the rule of law by interfering in the judicial process by appointing their own judges. The EU decided to invoke Article 7 which could have led to the suspension of Hungary and Poland’s voting rights but action was never taken further. Hungary has also undermined the Acquire Communitaire, part of the Copenhagen Criteria by disrespecting basic human rights. They did this by declaring homelessness as illegal in an attempt to decrease the influx of migrants into Hungary.

If EU parties decided to work together as one movement against the populist movement, they would be able to defeat the populist movement by cracking down on member states which undermine basic human rights. 

The successor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group which existed during the sixth, seventh and eighth terms from 2004 to 2019, reformed for the Ninth European Parliament term became Renew Europe (RE) , after temporarily having styled itself “ALDE plus Renaissance plus USR Plus“, talked about meeting up in order to cooperate in the next European parliament over the next five years.

We all should be aware that the future of Europe and of the EU will be shaped and developed by our young people – by the students sitting in classrooms today. Them being lured by social media, mostly only reading short attractive titles on Facebook, and/or going to striking and remarkable stories (usually not true) should come to see how populists make use of those media for their propaganda and fake news.

The foundations of the youngsters their perceptions of and attitudes towards developments in Europe and the EU, and of their according them value, or rejecting them, were already being laid in class and during discussions at school, but should get even more time.

The aim of a “Teaching Europe” initiative would be to put more emphasis on Europe and the EU in teaching in schools, and to highlight the EU’s main achievements and its future challenges. The way the history of the EU Member States is taught should also be taken into consideration. As an idea, easy-to-use teaching materials could be developed, which would explain, among other issues, the role played by the EESC, civil society and the social partners.


Preceding articles

Re-Creating Community

Pushing people in a corner danger for indoctrination and loss of democratic values

Populism endangering democracy

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

June – July 2019


Additional reading

  1. Declining commitment to democracy : What’s going on around the world ?
  2. Institutional Racism
  3. Fight against nationalism main struggle for feminists today



  1. Populist right – the mass appeal of “strict father” framing
  2. “…but no one was interested in the facts. They preferred the invention because this invention expressed and corroborated their hates and fears so perfectly”*…
  3. The New Old – Discovering The Coverings Of Alt History
  4. Frustration with system drives Dutch Catholics to populism
  5. Social Media, Echo Chambers and Misinformation, Oh My
  6. Europa United Euro election guide – Is Populism a surge or consolidation?
  7. Are EU members really in favour of further integration?
  8. Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark
  9. Giles Fraser, the Vicar of Brexit, on Faith in the English Working Class and god.
  10. Ultraconservative Cardinal Burke blasts populist Steve Bannon, ‘fake news’ LifeSite
  11. Pope Francis or Steve Bannon? Catholics must choose
  12. Pope Francis and European Populism: Is More Dialogue Needed?
  13. Papal rep in Spain hits out at “democraships” in US, Italy, Hungary
  14. Review: Inside the Mind of Marine Le Pen, by Michel Eltchaninoff
  15. Should the EU become more or less federalised?
  16. The UK EU election: Candidates and parties – Spitting Image reincarnated
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  18. Hungarian Church sells out to extreme-right anti-Pope PM Viktor Orbán
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The man outranking the others having the trump card

In a game of cards, a trump is a playing card which belongs to the suit which has been chosen as trumps, trumps being the suit which is chosen to have the highest value in one particular game, outranking all other suits for the duration of a hand. It never can be known how long the game can be played.

Today the United States of America may also have a player of cards who likes to make a lot of noise, and thinking he has all the best cards of the game in his hands.

President Trump literally trumpets and tweets and rants and raves. The word “trump” according to the dictionary is to

“outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way.”

Hence the “trump” card is the card that defeats all others. Therefore the present president of the United States probably thinks  he gets the better of (an adversary or competitor, for example) by using a crucial, often hidden resource.

It can also mean to

“declare as in a fanfare”

Doesn’t President TRUMP act exactly according to these meanings?!

The name “Donald” means “world ruler” and may remind people of the king of Scotland (1093–94; 1094–97) or may let us think of Godfrey Macdonald, hereditary chief of the Scottish Clan Donald and the treacherous slaughter of members of that clan of Glencoe by soldiers under Archibald Campbell, 10th earl of Argyll. Today we may find lots of people speaking about “The Donald”, 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump! And so we have a world ruler who is with great noise and fanfare publicly trying to outrank or defeat his opponents. And yet despite all this (perhaps as with many verbal bullies) his bark is much worse than his bite.

More than once the last few weeks he bluffed that he would learn the other states a good lesson that America is the greatest nation of all. More than once he boasted his nation had all the capacity to bring others to silence and he said he got his finger ready to push in the Red Button. Luckily he called off attacks on Iran sending very mixed signals to the regime. But his bragging is not as innocent or benign as some might think.


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June – July 2019

  • June was hottest ever recorded on Earth = Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU, showed that the global average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month. The data showed European average ​temperatures were more than 2C above normal and temperatures were 6-10C above normal over most of France, Germany and northern Spain during the final days of the month, according to C3S. The global average temperature was about 0.1C higher than during the previous warmest June in 2016. Experts have said climate change made last week’s record-breaking European heatwave at least five times as likely to happen, according to recent analysis.
  • The continuing conflict in the Middle East: Senior Israeli officials say they believe that Russia has been disrupting civilian aircraft navigation systems  + Israeli jets ‘hit Iranian targets in Homs and Damascus + Israel opens office in Oman – ties with Gulf states grow +  The first phase of the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan for Israel and Palestine has been rolled out to scepticism, anger and outright derision. A conference hall of regional officials – with no Israelis or Palestinians present – was the first to hear details of the US-brokered deal, an economic blueprint that shreds decades of diplomacy and which even its mooted financial backers seemed reluctant to embrace. + Netanyahu warns Iran it’s within range of Israeli strikes + Hamas conducts massive surprise drill
  • Jordan is known for being one of the most ‘moderate’ Arabic nations. Jordan has long had basically good relationships with the Europeans and the USA. However, the time will come when it will decide to distance itself from the US. For the first time we may be seeing the shift of Jordan towards the enemies of Israel – Turkey and Iran.
  • The Gulf states have in the past been strong supporters of the Palestinian cause but their hostility towards Israel has eased in recent years due to their shared international alliance with the United States, fear of the growing power of Iran, and trade interests.
  • Locked & loaded: US & UK military assets in the Gulf > The Gulf fracas is right on the doorstep of American military firepower. The US Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain and US Central Command’s main forward base is in Qatar, covering 16 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. It is telling that Iran has kept its threats strictly to commercial vessels and not naval assets. Neither Tehran nor Washington wants to provoke war.
  • Russia: Vladimir Putin has said liberalism is “obsolete” in an interview before he left for the G20 summit. The Russian president said the ideology that has underpinned Western democracies for decades had “outlived its purpose”. The Russian leader also praised the rise of populism in Europe and America, saying ideas like multiculturalism were “no longer tenable”. But EU President Donald Tusk lashed out at Mr Putin, telling reporters he “strongly [disagreed]” with his sentiments on liberalism. “What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs, even if sometimes they may seem effective,” he added. +  Russia is moving back towards the USSR stance of mass mobilisation. According to Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, the Russian Armed Forces have tested mobilizing reservists for the first time. Also for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia’s industrial enterprises were checked to see how they would operate in times of military emergency. + Putin signs law suspending INF treaty with US
  • Revealed: Russian effort to exert influence in Africa > Russia is seeking to bolster its presence in at least 13 countries across Africa by building relations with existing rulers, striking military deals, and grooming a new generation of “leaders” and undercover “agents”, leaked documents reveal.
  • Turkey defies Nato as Russia ships first missiles
  • Moral standards in decline and violence on the increase.
  • Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea for Europe to stick together and revive the ideals of its founders, saying that ideologies and fear-mongering politicians were threatening its very existence as a bloc.
  • Last Thursday  at the EESC time was taken to discuss the evolution of populism. The far-right and nationalists in Italy, Britain, France and Poland came out on top in their national votes, shaking up politics at home but failing to dramatically alter the balance of pro-European power in EU assembly. In June the Pope warned: “If Europe does not look carefully to future challenges, Europe will dry up. Europe is ceasing to be ‘Mother Europe’ and is becoming ‘Grandmother Europe’. “It has aged. It has lost the goal of working together,” he said. “Someone could ask under their breath ‘Is this perhaps the end of a 70-year adventure?’”
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Our and EESC Workers’ Group Priorities for the European Union

Too many people living in European countries do not see and do not believe in the importance of the different nation having to work together. Several citizens think it is just something for the happy few, but they are wrong, the European Union is there for every one, each person living in whatever country of the Union.

The Workers’ Group, which comprises representatives from national trade unions, confederations and sectoral federations, also wants a European Union that delivers for the many, not for the few: that is social, democratic and progressive. They will work towards a EU that protects and enables workers and other citizens. It is also important to provide secure and fair perspectives for all by tackling the challenges of globalisation, digitalisation, and climate change in a coherent way.

Although the European social model is an example for much of the world, there are still too many people suffering hardship or excluded from society because of poverty, discrimination, lack of education, or other disadvantages.

The Workers’ Group’s key priorities have always been full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents.

It is firmly committed to the enlargement and strengthening of the EU, as an area of prosperity, freedom and democracy, mutual support, solidarity and social cohesion, and aims to ensure that workers can play a real part in European policy-making.

EESC Workers’ Group priorities European Union

We all need a Europe where fundamental social rights are the priority and therefore we should check if every employer keeps to the social economic rules and humanitarian rights. We need fairness and justice which demands enforceable social rights and reduction of inequality. In case those in charge of companies are not taking care of that equality it is up to the state (or European Union) to control it and to make sure everybody is paid according to their responsibilities and the work they are doing. Good working and living conditions should be there for all EU citizens wherever they live and wherever they may find work, for all having a fair taxation, redistribution policies and tax harmonisation.
We need a strong social pillar within a strong social EU, to rebalance market-driven EU integration.

The last two decades we can see that certain trade unions preferred more to work to have the wishes of the bosses fulfilled instead of coming up for the rights of the workers. This has to change again, going back to a system where we can see social dialogue and trade union rights respected and prepared to strengthen collective bargaining.

We also should take care everybody living in the Eu shall have the same quality of WiFi and the ability to adapt to the challenges of digitalisation. Wherever they live they also should be able to count on good mobility or good regular public transport; i.e; the EU, as a single market that prevents social dumping, providing a fair mobility for workers and citizens and providing fair conditions for migration.

The European Union also has to be an economic and monetary unit that works for people, and does not over-demand nature, so that we can live in a sustainable environment, with a carbon free, circular economy. At the same time we do have to have an eye for fair globalisation and fair trade policy.

The Workers’ Group priorities have always been the defence of fundamental freedoms and labour rights. Full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents, are their objectives.



Involvement and implementation of European Pillar of Social Rights

Populism endangering democracy

An European alliance or a populist alliance


Additional reading

  1. A charter for a truly free world and why we need it
  2. A stain of shame for the European Union
  3. Prince of Wales warning that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past”
  4. The twist of politics and expression
  5. Three pillars of sustainable development, young people and their rights
  6. Entry 2. Unite our voices
  7. A last note concerning civil rights


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  1. As the Richest Get Richer, Poor Begin to Consider Their Options
  2. Measuring Economic Insecurity Using a Counting Approach. An Application to Three EU Countries – Review of Income and Wealth
  3. ‘And we are still here’: Life Courses and Life Conditions of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Retirees in Switzerland
  4. People living on islands [What Europe does for you]
  5. Social impact of coworking revealed
  6. What Do You Owe Your Employer?
  7. Spain introduces obligation to keep track of working time, in a measure to curb unpaid overtime
  8. Human resources and Supply chain working conditions
  9. MPs sign pledge to support social workers
  10. Think Globally, Teach Locally
  11. Could the socio-economic duty be a way to reduce inequalities in the UK?
  12. Britain’s cuts to social security breach international human rights law. It is time to invest in a fair future
  13. The UK must protect economic and social rights with a new law – here’s what should change
  14. Poverty in the UK: The world is listening, but is the government?
  15. Call to Resist the G7 in Paris and Build Another World – This August!
  16. The socio-economic duty: A powerful idea hidden in plain sight in the Equality Act
  17. Inequality [What Think Tanks are thinking]
  18. MPs launch group to find solutions to social care crisis
  19. Labor sector maintains political clout as 2020 presidential campaign heats up
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American social perception, classes and fear mongering

Some may find it not right to see the the vote for Trump as a reflection of the deepening racism and chauvinism within the working-class and consider the reality to be quite the opposite.

I (or perhaps “We”) in Europe have the impression the very conservative religious people who call themselves Christian but do not live according to the teachings of Christ Jesus, want to have more control over their country to have it more as a country only for the white people and their ideas, conforming their religious thoughts. All those who believe in other matters than they, or want to express themselves differently than what they consider the “must follow ethics and values” are not wanted in what they call “Their nation”. Many of them even forgetting where their ancestors came from. Most of them even do not know the history of their forefathers, or do not want to know who were the real Native Americans, from who lots of land was taken.

The sinister narcissism of Donald Trump (seemingly) enabled by everyone else’s silent acquiescence brings lots of people feeling themself part of that great nation which can be in control over the whole world. This whilst the whole world looks at the danger that man can be, not only for his own nation but also for the whole world.

Already before going for the the first term of his candidature and presidency we wondered how the Republicans could allow such a man enter their ranks. Naturally he was and is the man of lots of money, and for many Americans money and capital gain is their new god.

From one side lots of Americans want us to believe they are one nation, United, but when we look at the Republican Party and the Democratic party we even can not see unity in those two main parties of that great nation. We also wonder who those both parties really want to represent. Are they preferring to represent the interests of the ruling rich — the capitalist class or bourgeoisie — which stands in opposition to working people? It looks, like in our country, that lots of those American politicians have lost contact with the ordinary man of the street and do not seem to know what lives in the hearts of the people. As in more than one country in Europe, those politicians seem to have lost the feeling with the population but, love to do everything to present to them a (fake) ideal world where they promise a heaven on earth for ‘their’ people.

As in Europe many of those wanting to be in charge, love to lure the voters in their trap, seeking their favour and support, but when the people have given their vote and support, we can see that they are just being played at.

The vote for Donald Trump may have been, by and large, a protest vote against the meritocratic layers and a vote of those fed up with all the politics of the main politicians. Problem too is that after eight years of Bush and after eight years of Obama — sixteen years in total several Americans have the impression that their standard of living and life – the way of the working-class – has continued to decline, and as in Europe the working lower and middle-class having become more a slave instead of a free respected contributor.

Perhaps it is a signal of the times we in Europe have to face too: a giant middle-finger in the direction of the Establishment being the order of the day.

I had hoped the Democrats would have done everything to have the tandem of Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders going, but they were set up against each other, instead of working together. A lost chance. For me it was clear and still is clear that Bernie Sanders, who would be the best solution, is for most Americans to “Socialist” and his social ideas  seem to work as a red lap on a bull.

Democrat leaders and Republican leaders are perhaps more interested to have the lead position, instead of feeling empathy with what is really going on in the hearts of the American inhabitants.

David Rowlands from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), [not to be confused with a party of the same name in Great Britain] finds that the struggle for women’s rights, first and foremost the fight for abortion rights, must stay in the streets, be lead by the combatants themselves and be independent of the Democrats and the Republicans. Though he forgets that their rights should be protected and that it is the state who has to take responsibility to make sure their rights shall be protected at all times. It is up to those in charge of politics, being the leaders of a nation to come up for all people who take part in that nation, be them male, female, bisexual, transgender, feeling for the same sex or preferring people of the other sex, of for those not interested in some one else, feeling to express one  or an other opinion or to believe in this or that. For centuries our society has tried to create a world where most people could freely express themselves. We should treasure that and protect it.

We must make sure that the struggle for the rights of women to control their own bodies, past and present and the rights of labourers can continue. We also may notice that “#Me-Too” might be a reflection, representing the politics of victimhood and defeat, which is the opposite of everything we fought for during the movement against Jim Crow laws and the second wave of feminism in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

In Europe we do have a great problem with youngsters who think they may do everything and who harass others in public swimming pools and parks. David Rowlands finds the fight against rape culture, being the “real” reason having the working-class beginning to scare politicians shitless. This would give the impression because it are mostly youngsters from a lower class now doing those things in public, what others might do behind close doors, that we should call the working class the guilty one, or should blame the higher class for what those youngsters are doing. One good reason is that the parents have no control over their children and that schools are not allowed to educate them properly in values and ethics we want to see in our society.

Working class, a term of great importance in sociology and politics

In schools and in civic life there should be a form of education, making it clear that we all need each other, no one can make it with out the other. All workers in the nation have also to find their way to one another.  In our ‘civilised society’ we need the development of class consciousness, and find politicians who can give space for the working-class and their allies to build unions, democratic associations and political parties. Problem with lots of American citizens is that for centuries they have been made afraid by their political leaders, of everything that had some social perceptions. Lots of Americans have been brought up with the idea of the “Socialism of Fools” which should be avoided as much as they could.

It always has been a handy weapon in the arsenal of the boss class to divert blame from themselves in times of crisis and to shift that blame onto “the Jews”, the “Communists” and to the “Immigrants”.
It is always so much easier to blame some one else instead of having to tell people one has done something wrong or has something done that was not so good in the end.


Preceding articles

Where is the USA wanting to go with the freedom of their people

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Academic intolerance for dissenting views is reaching new highs

When so desperate to hold onto power

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

Populism endangering democracy

To protect our democratic system #1 Danger of fake and malicious social media accounts

A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

A strong and wise fighter who keeps believing in America


Additional reading

  1. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  2. Need to reject an archaic, racist inspired interpretation of the Bible and animosity against other believers
  3. Voted against their system
  4. Fight against nationalism main struggle for feminists today
  5. Poverty and conservative role patterns
  6. The twist of politics and expression
  7. Mark Lilla and the crisis of liberalism
  8. Consistent principles pay of for Bernie Sanders
  9. Month of freedom and liberty with Independence Day or Deceived day


Further related

  1. U.S. government creates health division for ‘religious freedom’
  2. Where Does It End???
  3. When gender inequality is good economics
  4. Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff – Book by Arthur M. Okun
  5. Is It Socialism?
  6. Western-centric ontology of the left: Part 1. Racism
  7. Homage To Big Bill Haywood
  8. What no one tells you about marxist utopia pt1
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Luca Jahier, EESC President on the present intolerance

Part of the Speech delivered at the 543rd EESC Plenary Session by Luca Jahier, EESC President

At the beginning of my mandate as President, I visited the former concentration camp of Auschwitz- and the time I spent in this place of indescribable pain and sadness is something I shall never forget.

It is incomprehensible how humankind, how our diverse and rich European cultures could commit such an atrocity.

But, as Primo Levi said:

 “We cannot understand Fascism, but we can and must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard…because what happened can happen again…For this reason, it is everyone’s duty to reflect on what happened.”

Recent events are showing us that we must not let down our guard and believe that the 60 years of peace in Europe are to be taken for granted. Our Fundamental Rights, which are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union are not to be taken for granted.

It is inadmissible that last year saw the largest number of anti-semitic acts in decades, leading to an increasing sense of emergency among Jewish communities worldwide.

Anti-Semitic incidents rose by 70 % last year in France, for example, and 60% in Germany.

In Belgium, 39% of Belgian respondents said they had experienced anti-semitic harassment in the last year.

This insecurity and fear impacts everyday life: almost a third of European Jews avoid attending events or visiting Jewish sites because they do not feel safe.

And it is already impacting our communities and the European diversity we are proud of: in Belgium, a study by the Fundamental Rights Agency has revealed that 42% of Belgian Jews had considered emigrating in the last five years.

Our streets and squares, villages and cities- all public spaces must be places of exchange and safety for everyone.

Beyond anti-Semitic acts, regrettably, we’re also observing a general rise in intolerance and hatred against other minorities. A study showed that while 10% of Europeans admitted they had unfavourable views of Jews, 16% said they had negative views of LGBTI people, 36% said they had unfavourable views of immigrants, 37% said that about Muslims, and 39% said it of Roma people.

And this intolerance is perpetuated and increased by social media bubbles, hyper-connectedness and a growing acceptance of hate speech on the internet, which translates back into our physical world.

What can we do to protect the diversity of our cultures and forms of religious expression, and open culture which lies at the core of our European identity?

What can we do to counter Antisemitism?

We must act.

Objective data is certainly an important basis, and the European institutions for example have released two important studies recently:

  • A study named “Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism – Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU” was released by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in December 2018;
  • and the “Eurobarometer survey on Antisemitism” was released on 22 January 2019




2014 European elections

World remembers Auschwitz survivors

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2015-2016 Religion

The fight against anti-Semitism is also a fight for a democratic, value-based Europe


Additional reading

  1. 2015 January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  2. Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter
  3. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  4. Hamas the modern Philistines
  5. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  6. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
  7. What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism
  8. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
  9. Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
  10. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  11. Historian Deborah Lipstadt Assesses the New Anti-Semitism
  12. Trusting present youngsters who are not necessary evil
  13. ….a powerful way to put the universe on notice….


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  12. Weaponisation of Language To Deceive
  13. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
  14. Gordon Brown’s Selective Anti-racism
  15. Labour in fresh antisemitism row amid claims party ‘gags’ whistleblowers
  16. George Galloway powerfully explains the ‘weaponization’ of anti-Semiticism smears (Video)
  17. Just blew it? (Again!)
  18. The Times Cartoon Reveals the Link between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism
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  20. What’s behind France’s rising antisemitism?
  21. An American in Serbia – what living in Belgrade is like after 50 years
  22. Independence Day
  23. The Daily 202 from PowerPost Border Patrol agents expose their deeply-rooted hate on Facebook
  24. Intolerance in The Bible: Who Determines What Is Right and What Is Wrong?
  25. Stumbling Blocks
  26. 2 men named Jesus?
  27. Words of Wisdom – “Change is the Way of Creating Hatred, through Dissatisfaction” – 6/29/2019
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The fight against anti-Semitism is also a fight for a democratic, value-based Europe

In May the EESC invited Raya Kalnova (European Jewish Congress), Michael Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw) and Joel Kotek (Free University of Brussels – ULB) to discuss anti-Semitism in Europe at its plenary session in May.

The EESC president, Luca Jahier started by saying:

Recent events are showing us that we must not let our guard down and think that the sixty years of peace in Europe are to be taken for granted. And although our fundamental rights are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union, we need to defend them every single day.”

Since fear has become a constant part of Jewish people‘s lives and an alarming 38% are considering emigrating, Ms Kalnova said that the Jewish World Congress felt an increasing sense of emergency.

“To combat anti-Semitism, it is important to know what it actually is.

The intergovernmental organization International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), founded in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister, Göran Persson. wants to unite governments and experts to promote, advance and shape Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the Stockholm Declaration of 2000, and has become a reference for governance and civil society.

On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to

Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” {International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism}.

It has already been endorsed by eleven EU Member States, as well as the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Civil society organisations also need to endorse and apply this definition and provide leadership in addressing the problem.

Mr Bilewicz referred to the results of a survey conducted in 2017 revealing that one in four people believe Jews themselves are to blame for the growing anti-Semitism. Many Europeans (50% in Poland, 37% in Austria, 32% in Germany) also believe that Jews exploit the Holocaust.

“Against all expectations, the conspiracy theory that Jews have too much power is again back in our society, in the media and sometimes even in our parliaments,”

added Mr Kotek. Hatred against Jews is more perceptible than ever.

EESC members expressed their support for the Jewish community and their commitment to fighting discrimination against minorities.

“It is our duty to fight any act of anti-Semitism in Europe,”

said Employers’ Group president Jacek Krawczyk.

“It is anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust. Eighty years after the Second World War started, it would be a serious mistake to forget this. We should all think of this when choosing who to vote for in the European elections.”

Arno Metzler, president of the Diversity Europe Group, stressed:

“We must all protest and speak up frankly and freely in our personal circles when we hear unpleasant jokes about Jewish people and the past. It is a public and also a personal obligation to defend our European values.”

From the Workers’ Group, José Antonio Moreno Díaz, president of the EESC Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law, said:

“Tough times are those when the evident needs to be explained. People who do not remember their history are condemned to repeat it. We must leave no room for discrimination. Tolerating intolerance will destroy democracy. Political forces must unite in isolating fascists and expelling them from their ranks.”



2014 European elections

World remembers Auschwitz survivors

French Muslims under attack

2015-2016 Religion

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights


Additional reading

  1. Martin Luther “Last Words of David” (1543) a polemical work bearing the same ugly language as in “On the Jews and their Lies” (1543)
  2. Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God
  3. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  4. Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter
  5. Denial. . . . . . A Film
  6. If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.
  7. The Rise of Anti-Seminism
  8. 2015 – January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  9. Religious Practices around the world
  10. Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard
  11. 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
  12. Quiz questions, views, left- and right-wing anti-Semitism
  13. French rabbis of the suburbs confront anti-Semitism
  14. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  15. a Call to stop the growing anti-Semitism
  16. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
  17. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
  18. 2018 January’s issue of The Christadelphian
  19. Historian Deborah Lipstadt Assesses the New Anti-Semitism
  20. Growing anti-Semitism possible sign of certain times
  21. Signs of the times – “An object of scorn and ridicule”
  22. Dr. Miller looking at Jews in France
  23. Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
  24. Jews In France Ponder Whether To Stay Or To Leave
  25. Anti-Semitism in Austria 2018 study results
  26. Many members of Jewish community wondering if they are still welcome in Poland
  27. Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?
  28. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  29. This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #6
  30. A convinced voice to debunk false allegations
  31. In Every Generation: The Return of Anti-Semitism – Pesah Day 1, 5779
  32. ….a powerful way to put the universe on notice….
  33. Trusting present youngsters who are not necessary evil
  34. Month of freedom and liberty with Independence Day or Deceived day
  35. Trump’s rhetoric is infusing a culture of Anti-Semitism


Further related

  1. how “anti-Semitism” is used
  2. Rising anti-Semitism in the U.S., on campus and elsewhere
  3. Why isn’t anti-Semitism as reviled as “Islamophobia” or anti-black racism?
  4. The growing anti-Semitism of France
  5. Why isn’t anti-Semitism as reviled as “Islamophobia” or anti-black racism?
  6. On anti-Semitism, anti-Islam and fictitious alliances in U.S.
  7. Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism
  8. Macron declares that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism
  9. Weaponisation of Language To Deceive
  10. The Secret Annexe
  11. Wholesale Segregation of Jews Had Been Planned by German Monarchists – Failure of plot following relevations saves Jewish community | Friday May 14, 1926 – JTA
  12. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power – by Jonathan Cook
  13. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
  14. Gordon Brown’s Selective Anti-racism
  15. Anti-Semite ‘Comedian’ Dieudonné Likely to do Community Service after Gaol Sentence for Tax Fraud.
  16. freedom of speech under attack
  17. the reason the holocaust narrative must be maintained
  18. A Quest
  19. Forget Putin; Trump isn’t a Russian Spy. He Acts as Israel’s Manchurian Candidate
  20. Donald Trump – racist still not the problem
  21. We Debate the Use of the Term Concentration Camps As People Are Imprisoned and Children Die
  22. Video shows far-right extremist setting himself on fire while firebombing U.K. synagogue
  23. “Was the principal of one of Palm Beach County’s largest public schools suggesting that the Holocaust was a belief rather than an actual event?”
  24. Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?
  25. MLST NEWS:Palestinian ambassador urges Jeremy Corbyn not to ‘give in’ over anti-Semitism code
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