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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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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THE EU SHALL SUPPORT THE UKRAINE, BUT NOT WITH WILD WORDS. The demonstrations in Kiev are widely followed and get good support from European countries, both in and outside the European Union. It is good to see that … Continue reading
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Tagged accession, diplomacy, employers, Erdogan, European Union, membership, NATO, Turkey, Ukraine
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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Tagged European Union, Teilhard de Chardin, Theology
CHAPITRE 20 La candidature Turque Per 24 décembre 2011 Comment la Turquie entre dans cette discussion ? Elle y entre par sa candidature à devenir membre de l’Union Européenne, et de plusieurs manières. À notre vue son entrée difficulterait la … Continue reading
Introducing a working paper in DRAFT form consisting of about 20 chapters all under the short title “QUOI FAIRE” (chapter 1,2,3,etcetera) on our options to reduce mass migration to Europe. Continue reading
Turkey warns France about criminaloizing a denial of the “Armenian Genocide”. The author thinks both France and Turkey are exaggerating. France in the overuse of penal legislation on opinion-related themes. Turkey could have reacted better and would have in fact pleased the french people by deploring the overuse of criminal laws. Using the word “irreparable” had also the wrong overtones in a matter which deals with death, as was the persecution of Armenians. Chanceries have sometimes not the right style. Continue reading