Comments on: Europe’s economic and political future will be determined in the next few days http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/ Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:42:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: DonD1977 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2341 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:08:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2341 The fate of Europe lies in the hands of its innovative and productive citizens – not its slow-moving government agencies.

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By: Cassiopian http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2340 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:49:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2340 I have to disagree with the argument that Russia is entitled to the “military neutrality” of its neighbors. The author is essentially asking them to void their sovereignty at the behest of Russian imperialism. It is also an implicit call to disarm NATO through Eastern and Central Europe. As Putin continues to probe for weakness along Russia’s perimeter (Ukraine, Baltic States, Sweden) and continues to increase defense spending dramatically, capitulation is not an option for the West. Moreover, much of the region has already disarmed dramatically since the fall of the Berlin Wall, leaving behind juicy opportunities for Putin in its wake. Germany (with its commerce oriented foreign policy), Sweden, and the Baltic States have a deplorable lack of weapons platforms and combat readiness, and are deficient in practically every other capability as well – rapid air transport, communications, control, and intelligence – and the list goes on. Deterring Putin from another big adventure is impossible in light of these developments.

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By: boontee http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2338 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:25:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2338 EU’s fall is quite probable, economically or otherwise, US will not be able to stand alone. What next? Your guess is as good as anybody’s else.

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By: fatman51 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2336 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:36:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2336 I submitted a comment at about the same time as two comments below, give and take an hour. My comment respectfully disagreed with the author. Does this blog censor comments?

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By: Zaichik http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2335 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:43:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2335 For Poroshenko and EU leaders to launch a genuine peace process that recognises the loss of Crimea as irreversible and acknowledges Russia’s vital interests in maintaining the military neutrality of its immediate neighbours is, of course, the only way to resolve the situation. The question is whether Poroshenko can fulfill the first pre-condition and the EU recognize the second.

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By: tomfromrossall http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2334 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:53:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2334 The EU has yet to decide whether it is a confederacy run by the heads of state, along with a bureaucracy which is accountable to no one, or a federation along the lines of the USA.

Not many votes for the latter, because the former has been such a comprehensive disaster.

But it’s the only rational way forward.

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By: tomfromrossall http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2333 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:52:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2333 The EU has yet to decide whether it is a confederacy run by the heads of state, along with a bureaucracy which is accountable to no one, or a federation along the lines of the USA.

Not many votes for the latter, because the former has been such a comprehensive disaster.

But it’s the only rational way forward.

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By: SNKuz http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2332 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:09:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2332 The US/Washington/Obama is quarreling with their bread and butter once again. Their EU allies are in disarray suffering both from US sanctions and Russian countersanctions. Guess who wins?

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By: fatman51 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2331 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:59:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2331 I think Anatole is a little bit too optimistic or even, with a small slight to him, ostrich-like when it comes to Russia. Russia has taken a faithful turn from which there is no return other than through a violent social convulsion. Russia has again turned towards samodierzhavije (with apologies to Russian speakers for butchery of their language in transcription). This is not the first time an attempt to drift towards Magna Carta ends in tears and reversion to form. Hoping for Rapprochement with Russia under these circumstances is completely unrealistic. Reports from Ukraine say that Ukrainian security services just apprehended a GRU general whose job it was to coordinate subversion in Kiev. They also folded several well armed terrorist groups. Rapprochement? really? Recognize Russian right to Crimea which was anschlussed in violation of all European norms thus threatening post WWII order, really? Ignore the plight of Crimean Tatars to give Russia some time to regroup and strike elsewhere. Really?

In a longer view, rapprochement with Moscow is not in the interest of Europe. It is a harsh statement but I believe true in a long and strategic view. Russia is a historic anachronism. A country that has less than 5% of Eurasian population, declining, that holds 25% of Eurasian landmass. Effectively pillaging natural resources from that landmass, converting proceeds into weapons with which she threatens her neighbors. This is an entirely untenable situation. Russia is destined to get into conflict with overpopulated Asia over all of her land east of Ural mountains. Europe does not need to be part of this conflict. Since Russia has effectively declined to join Europe on conditions other than Russian imperial domination, let it be. Let Russia defend herself on her own.

I agree with Anatole on one thing though. Europe is in a bad place. European political elites appear to be completely divorced from reality, like royalty of old. Some places in Europe have youth unemployment of 45%. And yet European politicians just concluded a climate summit with grandiose plans of 40% cuts in carbon emissions within 15 years. Is this the most important thing that troubles Europe today? Really? Have these elites noticed that, scientifically speaking, global warming is now as dead as scientific theories can get? No other trouble on the horizon, we must focus on damaging our energy industries and sowing stupid disunion? Confirming what populists have been saying all along about political elites in Brussels?

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By: brotherkenny4 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/2014/10/24/europes-economic-and-political-future-will-be-determined-in-the-next-few-days/#comment-2329 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:14:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/anatole-kaletsky/?p=1489#comment-2329 The defense of ancient wealth never proceeds to overall improvement. Freedom catalyzes humongous growth, but not necessarily for those who are protecting past advantages. This uncertainty and the fact that infinite growth is not physically possible means that those that proport to support growth really only support a limited growth and for a limited number of people. The outcomes for most will remain dismal and lead to the inevitable life of strain and loneliness and finally death. One long trudge to the final solution that neither wealth nor poverty can avert.

There, I tried to german it up a bit at the end;>)

Look, it doesn’t matter what happens to europe. They have no intention of freeing their people. The same goes for the US. The existence we have as slaves makes it unimportant how the economies go. We still get cheated and abused and there is no justice. It just doesn’t matter and never will as long as wealth and corruption rule. Every person that stands before you and says they have a solution and this is what we should do is just another faker with a scam that you haven’t seen before. There is too much insanity in the actions of our leaders and their industrial masters for there to be any doubt about this.

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