Category Archives: Europe’s relations with other continents

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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Frau Merkel : who is the “wir” in your “WIR SCHAFFEN DAS” ?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised the world with an unreasoned perspective of 800.000 new immigrants to Germany. The statement was read in conflict and poor countries as an open invitation, and it was later not clearly contradicted or limited in scope.It is important to link temporary aid to refugees with other geopolitical measures and to keep the aim of return hom intact.The argument that German business leaders welcome mass immigration is dodgy and in earlier international discussions (on a UN study of 2001) refuted. Syrian refugees should be given a chance to make and register files on their properties left behind. There are earlier models (Jews returning to Poland, reconstruction of Beyrouth. 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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PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN ENTRE MONDIALISATION ET …RETOUR AU TERROIR

Introducing a collection of quotations of contemporary and other important authors related to the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In the introduction editor Anton Smitsendonk argues that the splendid views of a road toward POINT OMEGA (=Christ) via globalization has made space for a more critical view in which the preservation of ‘TERROIR” individuality, fatherland,local cultures asks for more attention. Perhaps the books of Teilhard de Chardin were read with too hasty attention seeking validation for globalization and construction of regional blocks like the European Union. We are now more critical on the globalizing agenda.
The editor sees also a link with a too hasty reading of the message of Christ by Judas Iscariot, as well in the Islamic doctrine. We shall have to read Teilhard de Chardin with more patience, and with less attention to immediate political actuality. Continue reading

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TONIGHT WE PRAISE FRANCE, BUT TOMORROW……….

Tomorrow, 13th january 2013 big democtrations will bring hundreds of thousand French people on the streets of Paris and other major cities protesting against the new french legislative proposals weakening the traditional concept of marriage.This is not only of french ibut also of European nterest. It does not only go against perennial traditions of human reason and of faith but also against the interests of Europe in a demographic decline…
The author balances ciricisms and prais as he praises the french government for action (already much delaid but nowe clearly proven necessary) to take military action in the country of Mali and the Sahelian region. The author reflects on future better sharing of sacrifice between European and African countries. Continue reading

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