Category Archives: immigration

TO THE GERMAN PEOPLE

When Chancelor Angela Merkel threw open doors to immigration two possible motivations for her decision were mentioned: a german guuilt-cmplex remaining from a past century, and pressure from German captains of industry seeking more cheap labor , economic continuity and security for pension finance. The author would have suggested a more Europe friendly outreach by the Chanselor in for instance offering help to the military good work done by France, important also for stabuilization of the migration issues. Germany’s m neighbours se no need for expiation but would welcome as gesture in help.Any industry pressure should howver be resisted.Michele Tribalat proved for France that mass immigration cannot helpsustaining industry, demography or financing of pension schemes. Continue reading

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HELP FOR REFUGEES, YES ! BUT NO RESTART OF “TURKISH ACCESSION” TALKS

Europe has to help Turkey with the problem of immigration flows to that country.But never should Europe’s political leaders vtake up again the Turkish request, rather vdeman for mebership in the European Union. It never was an objective with any benefit to Europe. Strength of our continent is not in space and numbers but in cpohesion and unity. Withv Turkey we ardently wish to work together on projects in Europe and in Asia, for instance the Silk Road and other ideas The auythor was Counsellor in the netherlands Embassy in Ankara, and later Ambassador in China ,and yet later with teh OECD. Immigration is a topic to be handles with care, and respect to both sides: the migrants and preservation of Europe’s own vculture and identity Continue reading

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France as Europe’s defence arm

the European and American approach to problems in and around Urakine in the last one-and-a-half year, has been very wrong. Now that the french president went with Angela Merkel to Kiev and Moscow, his idea that France could take greater role in Europe’s defence system would be a good idea, not only for the Ukrainian quesiton but also for urgent action needed by Europe in Africa Continue reading

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LAMPEDUSA

Pope Francis “revisited Lampedusa”, with a repeated call for increased charity for immigrants and refugees. Perhaps an invitation to the faithful and general public to take an active hand in problem solving might elicit more response, under the motto : “Bishops invite laity to the Gospel ; the laity invite bishops to Geopolitics”. Continue reading

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UKRAINE 2 = Don’t make (half) promises on enlargement. Better possibilities for neighborhood action.

During the Kiev demonstrations too often European representatives expressed half promises for Ukraines accession to the Union. Such wild promises shoudl – as the Turkish exemple has taught us – be avoided . This attitude is sometimes seen as too formal, and not reflecting the struggles existing between the Quadrangle: Washington, Moscow,Brussels,Kiev.
For useful European Neighborhood -action we would favor other fields of action: accompanying Serbia to EU membership, safeguarding the Serbian position in Kosovo, finding ways with African nations to make Lampedusa unneccesary , and helping Syrian refugees temporarily and in returning to Syria. Bishops may invite laity to the Gospel, but competent laity may equally invite the bishops to geopolitics. There is work for both in realism and mutual respect. Continue reading

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