Comments on: What does Europe truly want to be when it grows up? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: EdMartin Sat, 07 Nov 2015 16:04:22 +0000 ref GetReel’s comment on 5/11

surviving ‘isms’ might be more diplomatic language than targeting just one of them

this in its general form may have been part of the reasoning for the EC’s foundation – – europe having just undergone its second 30 year war – for what? and at what cost? the young must wonder

uk hadn’t suffered the 20th century modern ‘isms’ to the same extent as the continent – but here we are all facing another insidious destructive excuse for enslavement

some ‘isms’ just don’t allow the expression yet alone manifestation of anything with which they don’t agree and don’t accept that life and freedom are the only things that can be argued to be sacred

can there be peaceful co-existence with such creeds?
do the rest of us need to feel guilt if the ‘ismists’ decide to take offence? should we buy then off with the sacrifice of our own freedom?


By: GetReel Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:11:55 +0000 Surviving islamification should be their first priority.

By: EdMartin Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:02:13 +0000 at 65.5 yrs i’ll stick with kenneth tynan

when i grow up i want to be couth kempt and shevelled

nice & straightforward

By: Neurochuck Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:01:07 +0000 A very complex problem with all sorts of dimensions. Most of the migration pressure is from nations where the only social security is the extended family and lots of children, women are treated as breeding machines, populations explode as agriculture and fisheries are degraded, and religious/ethnic divisions become mass murder and civil war.
One factor is that many nations would like to rid themselves of minorities by forced migration/expulsion rather than genocide. Many Singhalese would like to drive all Tamils out of Sri Lanka to India, Indonesia, Australia. Many Hindus would like to continue partition and force Muslims to Pakistan or Bangladesh. Many Turks would like to push the Kurdish minority into Europe. Etc. Ad nauseum.
So even though I am often “centre-left”, I agree with the “right-wing” policy of the Australian government to stop the uncontrolled migration and people smugglers, but accept refugees from UNHCR camps. And those selected should not prefer Christians or the saddest war injuries and orphans, but those with education/skills/trades that are most able to economically integrate and prosper.

By: AndreasJ Wed, 04 Nov 2015 22:36:25 +0000 I think the reason populist parties are gaining traction is the monumental failure of the politicians to deliver jobs and opportunity. The standard of living is regressing and the politicians speak about responsibility, but do nothing. What we see now is democracy in action, Europe is shredding its stagnated political establishment. Many voters are quite aware the populistic parties will not be able to deliver in the long run, but at least they will bring change.

I think a good start would be to ditch the euro and have a long hard look at what John Maynard Keynes wrote. It is a strange world for me when the only sane voice in the room is the IMF.

By: YngveF Wed, 04 Nov 2015 20:07:04 +0000 When will USA grow up and stop interfering in other countries governments which resulted in destabilisation of much of Middle East? US is the problem, and americans should take care of the refugees streams they have created. Please, send GW Bush and Dick Cheney to Hague for war crime trial!

By: Solidar Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:26:08 +0000 There is no “Europe.” Look at a map. It’s just a cold part of Asia where the people grew isolated and pale for a few thousand years. Good luck with a mission statement on that mess.

By: Cassiopian Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:00:10 +0000 A difficult quandary, for economic globalization is positive, creating efficiency and greater worldwide productivity, which has raised millions out of poverty. And some degree of multiculturalism is inevitable, given the growing connectivity of the globe through transport and travel combined with footloose populations and the movement of workers worldwide. Capital and labor are footloose. But at the same time one hopes that the long standing cultures and traditions of the Italians, Swedes, Spaniards, British and others are not swept away by excessive immigration and foreign born populations, which often bring insular and illiberal values into the mix.

By: Macedonian Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:00:29 +0000 EU is just a fetus on its way to Planned Parenthood.