Problems by losing the borders

That, indicating that continued violence is what we can likely expect, can be interpreted as being itself a treat, shows certain international reactions on what the writers of the Brussels Journal write.

Though we should  recognize the world for what it is, and what it is becoming — a collection of individuals forming groups with no clear cultural-social-political homogeneity or bond.

A map showing European membership of the EU an...

A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO. - Image via Wikipedia

In a civilised community political action cannot be grounded upon violence. No matter if the people from that society are believers or not. those who do believe in a superior being or a god should take into account if that god created the world it would be a constructor or somebody who wanted to build something up and not destroy it.

When we do believe in Only One God, the Creator of heaven and earth, we should be even more aware how God wanted to build everything up to the good, and how He would like to see His Plan being fulfilled. Because the first men choose to go the wrong way, time and restoration was necessary. About 2000 years ago there was proved a man of Jewish blood who could bring the message of the Gospel: the Good News of a coming Kingdom of God, a better world than this one. But he also showed us several ways how we could improve this world, not only for us but for everybody, no matter which race, colour of skin, culture, country where living, religion or non-religion.

America’s social model is flawed, but so is France’s,” the Parisian newspaper Le Monde recently wrote. According to Le Monde Europe should adopt the “Scandinavian model,” which is said to combine the economic efficiency of the Anglo-Saxon social model with the welfare state benefits of the continental European ones. The last few weeks you could read, on this site, about the Poverty in Flanders and the situation of the Welfare System in Belgium and Europe. From it you could also see the loopholes and certain difficulties some benefits can bring. I would like to point out that the global economy of the twenty-first century is characterised by rapid changes which create both threats and opportunities of which we should be aware of.

The biggest challenge for the European economy is to become sufficiently flexible so as to avail of the opportunities and surmount the threats. This requires, above all, reforming labour market and social policies. Failing to do so would not only prevent Europe from the opportunity of globalisation but could even jeopardise two of its crucial policies – the Single Market and monetary union – which could in fact facilitate Europe’s ability to meet the challenge of globalisation, but only if labour market and social policies are adequately reformed.

As the American economist James Gwartney showed that there was a direct correlation between economic growth and tax burden we can see that in those countries where the government became too greedy and induced a higher level of taxation, the lower the growth rate became. Despite their Protestant work ethic and devotion to duty we can notice that between 1990 and 2005 the average overall tax burden was 55% in Finland, 58% in Denmark and 61% in Sweden and this took away a lot of incentive by people and made that the countries did not so well with their yearly growth and spending.

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Kaiser Karl der Große by Albrecht Dürer

Growing from the Benelux into a European Economic Community, a European Coal and Steel Community,  a European Atomic Energy Commission, coming to one leadership in 1967, coming to a “European currency unit” in 1979, it was a small bunch of countries with a common share which became the European Union and took on Greece as the European Community’s 10th member in 1981.  In 1986 Spain and Portugal joined. In 1991 we came to a nice climax when the European Community became the “European Union” with the signing of the Treaty of Maastricht. (This treaty is seen as leading to the creation of the euro. A common social policy is included as well.)

Europe at the Death of Charles the Great, 814

There were not enough countries to show off against the other powers as the USA, the Soviet Union and China so they wanted more countries of Europe in the club. In case they were not so democratic or wealthy as the other Western continental countries it did not matter. As in Babel Europe wants to build a huge empire bigger than the one of Charles the Great, Charlemagne ( German: Karl der Große; Latin: Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus, ° possibly 742 – 814) King of the Franks  and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) and who is considered to be the Pater Europae (father of Europe) . His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian renaissance encouraged the formation of a common European identity. We can be proud of having managed that European identity and European State, but if we are not careful it soon shall be lost as the Old Europe of Charlemagne has been lost.

Countries who want to get to much out of their working class are risking to create a dissatisfied people who not only grunge but are going to consider any person coming from out its culture a a possible threat.
Corporate greed and power have become the enemy of the European Union and of each individual state in it.
Belgium with its tax burden 9% higher than the OECD average and 15% higher than the tax level in the US and Japan is in this case not on the good way. The tax pressure shows already in the savings rate which has already dropped by more than a quarter: from 12.4% in 1998 to 9.1% in 2004 and as last indication show it has dropped even further, thereby drying up all reserves for investment. Like work, saving and investing, too, must be profitable if people are to engage in these activities. In case the Di Rupo plan comes through it shall be even worse with the taxation of 50% on shares and bonds, taking care that most investors shall leave the country and invest their savings somewhere else.
If continental Western Europe does not change its policies, its relative impoverishment today will soon turn into absolute pauperization.

The position of the citizen shall make that he is going to take on a certain stand which either could build up the community or destroy the values the European Union stands for.

It is wrong to think that Labour market and social policy reforms are a matter for the Member States alone and not for the European Union. The laws and systems in the individual member states have to be in balance with the umbrella organisation: the European Union. There can only be some benefits in a coordination of these reforms with other necessary reforms, especially for the countries in the Euro zone which share a common currency. A two-handed strategy combining reforms at EU and national levels would be best. The Member States should concentrate on reforming labour market and social policies and on a sound system to co-operate on all levels.

Economically the member states have to find a way to bring everything in a positive balance creating a market were everybody can live in peace with full satisfaction.

ataturk1111 One reason for Europe’s poor performance is clearly that the speed and intensity of its institutional achievements have been insufficient in comparison with the speed and intensity of globalisation and technological change. Plus it has a problem of wanting to grow to quickly and taking on the pore eastern countries of Europe, while some or even dreaming of taking up a totally different culture in the Union. In Turkey they see a good resource to sell their products, but they do not seem to see that it is a country with a totally different culture which is going further away of the marvellous projects and freedom Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881 –  1938) had in mind. Atatürk’s Turkey dedicated itself to the sovereignty of the national will – to the creation of, in President’s words, “the state of the people “. But we are now far away of a State of the People. Taking in such a country where they still torture people as in the middle ages and where you can find a lot of extremist religious people who do not want to know of Christianity is asking for problems.

Enlargement of the European Union is forced on its habitants no matter what the think, it seems.  It has become not an option any more but a reality, the backlash comes in terms of opposition to the Single Market itself. As the debate over the services directive has shown, by greatly increasing economic and social disparities and the pressure to restructure inside the European Union, enlargement has certainly complicated the goal of completing the Single Market. Yet, the Single Market not only constitutes the keystone of European integration but is the most potent European instrument to address the challenge of globalisation. The chances of Europe being able to seize the opportunity of globalisation are low if it considers the creation of an enlarged Single Market as a threat. Once again, the key to turning the Single Market and globalisation into opportunities is the capacity to reform labour market and social policies in the right direction.

Politicians should also make work that there is enough work for everybody, and that everybody receives the right respect.

Having all the borders open and letting an unstoppable stream of economical refugees entering the ‘gates of heaven’ is not helping the people in the newly threatened society.
The European Union should be very clear in her allowance to enter the Union and the expected attitude for those who want to live in it. It also has to protect everybody who lives already for a long time in the Union.
All the member states have to know that there could be a possibility that they have to suffer from structural changes, be they caused by enlargement, globalisation or technological progress, if its markets are inflexible and do not allow the necessary transfer of resources across firms, sectors or regions. For members of the eurozone, market-led flexibility is even more important since they share a common monetary policy which precludes the use of the exchange rate as an instrument of flexibility – albeit very inadequate for responding to structural changes. The lack of appropriate market mechanisms is bound to lead to attempts to use fiscal policy as a temporary remedy. However, such attempts are bound not only to conflict with the fiscal rules of the currency union (the Stability and Growth Pact) but could even threaten its survival if it led to unsustainable fiscal positions (in violation of the SGP) or if respect of the SGP led to public discontent towards the currency union itself, as was recently observed in several eurozone countries.

People feeling the financial and cultural pressure are going to react in certain ways which can be found in their upbringing and by the groups they associate with.

The Union has to know what happens in the different cultures of its society and has to follow more closely those who seem to loose the borders and are getting to far away from the democratic expectations we want to stand for.

Een analyse van de Armoede in Vlaanderen door Marcus Ampe - Poverty in Flanders, an analyse by Marcus Ampe

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Breivik showes how people can get wrong ideas about certain societies. He was a prolific contributor to a Norwegian site, Document.no, in 2009 and 2010, purportedly posting such comments as: “Can you name ONE country where multiculturalism is successful where Islam is involved?” and “Today’s Protestant church is a joke. Priests in jeans who march for Palestine and churches that look like minimalist shopping centers.”

Other websites and blogs he followed include Jihad Watch, Brussels Journal, TheReligionofPeace and Atlas Shrugs. ReligionofPeace describes Islam as a “rigid political and cultural system with a mandate to conquer and govern the lives of others via necessary force.”

The “Euro-Med policy ” a reference to immigration to Europe from North Africa, is according Pamela Geller the incitement for Anders Behring Breivik to violence.

Social instability created by higher taxation and aggressive immigration with no thought to its impact on the country as a whole is asking for problems.

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  • The Peaceful Political Expression Of Conservatism
    A Google search shows over 5,000 references to The Brussels Journal and the Norway killer, Anders Breivik.

    ~~~~ The implication is that The Brussels Journal’s political writings are in some way responsible for creating an intellectual ground leading to the murder of innocents. ~~~~
    The intentions of Patalong and Brown are clear. It is to delegitimize and in fact smear conservative political writing. + In Patalong’s list of thought crimes, the most telling is his understanding that the very heterogeneous conservative voices at The Brussels Journal do have one thing in common: a dislike (Patalong uses the charged word “hostility”) of leftist liberalism.

  • Is the European Union too big to save? (politicsontoast.com)
    By bailing out every nation too big to fail, we have created a monster too big too save. And if the European Union collapses, will it take down the USA and China with it? Asks Ventilator Blues. 
  • Globalisation: Spinning into reverse | Editorial (guardian.co.uk)
    The European Union remains the single outstanding example of integration across borders, and yet here too the centrifugal force of national sovereignty is pulling afresh. Across its north the establishment is being battered at the ballot box by populists who resent bailing out the south. Meanwhile, those southerners imagined to be benefiting from northern largesse take to the streets of Athens and Lisbon to rage against the strangulatory strings attached to the money. The victors of Versailles once ordered Germany to starve itself into surplus, but today it is Germany that safeguards repayment of every last euro of bank debt by pushing pain on to Mediterranean taxpayers.
  • Swimming in Polluted Waters: (brothersjuddblog.com)
    The murderer from Norway did not, it would seem, come out of nowhere. Rather, he had found an ideological home among those seeking to cleanse Europe of Islam and multi-culturalism. They are seeking to distance themselves. (Frank Patalong, 7/24/11, Der Spiegel)
    The melange of Darwinist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, lunacy is just toxic.
    … anyone familiar with the darker waters of the blogosphere would for years have been aware of the existence of a vibrant cyberscene characterised by unmitigated hatred of the new Europe, aggressive denunciations of the “corrupted, multiculturalist power elites” and pejorative generalisations about immigrants, targeting Muslims in particular.John from Ohio wrote: “anyone who feels their culture is threatened by outsiders and wants to preserve their culture would wish that the outsiders would go away… and in his case, he put his wishes into action.”
  • Even now, the European project remains a noble one. Let’s join in (guardian.co.uk)
    Poor, sclerotic Europe is encumbered by its single currency, a lush welfare state and its interdependencies made more complex by the byzantine and anti-democratic structures of the European Union.
  • History’s lessons for the European debt crisis (blogs.berkeley.edu)
    The countries of Europe currently stand at a fork in the road: do they continue along the path toward a single European economic space, or do they begin unraveling the transnational experiment in integration inaugurated in the wake of the Second World War?The very first institution of European integration, in fact, was born in a moment of crisis. After 1945 the countries of Western Europe managed their trade with one another through a cumbersome series of bilateral agreements leftover from the Great Depression and the Second World War. European states tightly regulated the commodities to be traded and the credits granted for foreign trade in the hopes of balancing their exports with their imports. As economic historian Barry Eichengreen put it, trade on the continent came to resemble “a spaghetti bowl of more than two hundred bilateral arrangements.”

    … when Europe moved toward a free market in finance and investment, European leaders understood that this required a common monetary policy and a single central bank. The underlying question European leaders face today, then, is how far integration will proceed. Can the European project survive if it maintains its current arrangements of a monetary union without a common fiscal policy, or does it need to move forward yet again? Recent events suggest that European leaders are, at times grudgingly, following in their predecessors footsteps by responding to the Greek debt crisis with greater integration.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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