Well – what is Europe coming to – with France and Germany proposing border controls, initially raised and rejected in 2012 by France.
Der Speigel suggests that it is a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in Europe.
“Germany and France’s joint proposal to allow Schengen-zone countries to temporarily reintroduce border controls as a means of last resort might sound harmless. But doing so would damage one of the strongest symbols of European unity and perhaps even contribute to the EU’s demise.
The two countries plan to start a discussion about reintroducing national border controls within the Schengen zone. According to the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich and his French counterpart, Claude Guéant, have formulated a letter to their colleagues in which they call for governments to once again be allowed to control their borders as “an ultima ratio” — that is, measure of last resort — “and for a limited period of time.” They reportedly go on to recommend 30-days for the period. (1)
Then you get this discussion amongst European finance officials that it is a worst-case scenario limiting the size of withdrawals from ATM machines, imposing border checks and introducing capital controls in at least Greece, should Athens decide to leave the euro…(2)
What a load of bullshit, pure speculation by both parties.
No not kidding, read my prior post on the Greece referendum – then consider the single biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe which is totally out of control.
Refugees from North Africa. (3)
How bad can it get?
Depends which country you live in, but from a little bit of research it is obvious that Europe faces a massive problem.
Both France and Germany are slightly pissed off with the Club Med countries and the xenophobia and political grandstanding being undertaken in their own countries.
I read an article where a school principal in Bavaria, Germany requested that the girls should wear appropriate dress, no mini skirts and no revealing white shirts.
In other words cover up…. why?
Because 200 North African Muslim refugees are residing in the school gymnasium and one does not want to convey the wrong message – that it could be seen as provocative to the men in this camp.
No photographs are allowed and the refugees can maintain their privacy and religious standards. Whilst the school grounds are ‘off limits’ to the refugees during the day, whilst permitted after hours.
In other words, the school population respect their rights, the students however have to conform and abide by new rules.
Germany and their politically correct attitude, reasons are in the historical statistics that ‘no one deems necessary to talk about’ as it is – or maybe offensive to the refugees.
More about that sensitive topic later – yes covered the situation on statistics with Sweden only – damn statistics and problems with inter cultural problems later – Sweden Denmark and England.
Record numbers of migrants and asylum seekers are pouring into Europe, and most of them are headed to Germany. As the U.N. refugee agency reports, Germany has been — and continues to be — the recipient of the largest number of asylum applications, followed by France, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Space in Germany to house refugees is in short supply, so schools are transforming school gymnasiums, then we have Msgr. Peter Beer, archdiocesan vicar general, who sees Beuerberg Abbey as a test case and model for the future use of the more than 100 monasteries across Upper Bavaria, a growing number of which are threatened by the drastic decline in vocation.
Sister Lioba and the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising have worked a deal to house refugees in the abbey. They hope that, within a few months, families from Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and other conflict zones can find a home here.
Hmm, wonder how long that statue of Madonna will last?
Not being cynical, these buildings have historical importance and one wonders whether the religiously correct will allow the statue of Madonna to be removed to support the religious faith of the refugees.
The whole of Europe has a problem, with estimated 43 million refugees seeking asylum. Yes a lot of people to deal with and I have brought this matter up in a prior blog – the U.S. (and NATO countries being primarily funded by the U.S.) – policy to meddle in the affairs of Northern Africa has created religious wars.
Muslims seeking safety, seeking to escape the effects of war. This has since compounded the number of refugees seeking asylum in Europe.
I did make the comment that the U.S. has its own problems of illegal immigrants – some 34 million – but these are from Mexico, principally catholic and want to work. No safety net either, so the cost on the U.S. is minimal.
Also alluded to nationalistic tendencies and civil strife rising amongst these European countries due to the high number of refugees to be housed. Problem though is that the refugees are in Europe to stay, seems that they are intent on staying, never to be repatriated and this is then ably assisted through Greece and Italy.
So when ones seeks to re-install borders then it is highly probable that it has more to do with the refugee influx and illegal immigrants.
Now Greece accounts for three quarters of these immigrants, geographically well situated – Italy and balance of Southern Europe for the rest.
These Club Med countries bearing the brunt of the immigrants, according to both Human Rights Watch and Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen of the Danish Institute of International Studies and are thus forced to take responsibility for the vast majority of asylum cases due to ‘Dublin 2’, the EU immigration policy and the Eurodac processing system.
With the Greek case, we have seen the grave consequences of Europe abandoning national asylum systems.
Yes the system is stretched – broken and the processing by the Greeks a tad tardy with little or no checks and balances on identification and or background resulting in mass visas being issued to all and sundry. The sheer numbers of refugees are the problem with inadequate staff and facilities to cope.
A broken Greek system is neither inevitable nor acceptable to the rest of Europe. Mind you Greece is not the only problem in Club Med.
Say ISIS – umm ISIL – whatever – don’t say whatever – you know what I mean. If scant control at major refugee centers and lax personal checks then it is obvious that transit visa’s are being issued to some of the wrong people.
In Germany things are quite ‘testy’ with Italy, as German officials ‘have raised the possibility of reinstating border controls’ after Italy said it would provide thousands of Tunisian refugees with temporary travel visas allowing them to enter many European countries.
Why wouldn’t you reinstate the borders, in view of this attitude by Italy?
Silvio Berlusconi commented that the refugee crisis was akin to a “human tsunami” and called on the EU for more assistance.
“Either Europe is something real and concrete, or it is nothing,” Berlusconi said. “If the latter is the case, it would be better if we all went out own ways and each determined our own politics and allowed selfishness to follow.”(4)
I may disagree with Berlusconi’s personal preferences, but researching this matter he is correct on the EU’s overall policy, or better a lack of implementation of the policies and a severe lack of funding in regard to the Club Med countries.
Lack of money, resources and action, definitely caught like a dear in the headlights, unable to formulate a quick and decisive response.
Then we have politics at play with both Hungary and Bulgaria declaring that they are ‘not ready’ for more refugees and both countries have convinced EU leaders that Hungary should not have to accept refugees under the European Commission’s planned quota.
Hungary will also receive special treatment with regards to providing asylum to 60,000 asylum seekers who will be distributed in other EU Member States.
Bulgaria is the other Member State to receive such preferential treatment.
The European Commission recommended that EU Member States provide asylum to 60,000 refugees over the next two years. 40,000 refugees currently seeking asylum in Italy and Greece will be distributed among other EU Member States to help alleviate the burden on transit countries. The remaining 20,000 refugees will be provided asylum outside the European Union.
This is the tip of the iceberg, the dislocated refugees attempting to flee conflict in Northern Africa will increase dramatically and sooner the EU realize this and implement a financial plan and policies to help the transit countries process these people, the sooner other policies on resettlement and/or return of these refugees can be put in place.
What the EU is purposely overlooking in this problem is the end game.
A politically undesirable situation of the refugees seeking to remain in Europe. Why go back to their own countries when the European countries, not only assist with accommodation, food, education and allowances but a continued social net for those lucky enough to be integrated within a permanent society.
Faced with bleak economic forecasts and rising unemployment, Hungary and Bulgaria are building walls, literal fences, on their southern borders that have as much to do with appeasing electorates wary of new immigration as with actually keeping people out.
Hungary has announced plans to build a wall along its 109-mile (170-kilometer) border with Serbia, where the majority of migrants enter the country. Mind you the cost is in excess of USD 200 million – like where do they get the money for that?
Political expediency has a will of using other people’s money.
According to U.N. estimates, there was a sharp rise in the number of migrants and asylum seekers entering Hungary in 2015. Government figures show that more than 54,000 migrants have entered the country so far this year, about 10,000 more than in all of 2014.
Meanwhile in Bulgaria, the government is building a 100-mile fence on its border with Turkey, one of the key smuggling points for the Islamic State group, which operates in Iraq and Syria, both sharing a border with Turkey.
Bulgaria, the poorest country in the European Union, finished building a 20-mile section of the fence in September 2014.
The electoral success in the 2014 European Parliament elections of xenophobic, right-wing parties in many EU countries shows that immigrant-bashing rhetoric is finding favor with voters.
Political expediency again comes to the fore, last year the government of Denmark announced major changes in the Danish asylum process limiting the time ‘asylum seekers’ can stay, and those who do stay must wait a long time to bring in the family.
Apparently Denmark is the ‘happy’ country – a world-renowned social welfare state built on the idea that society is best when the strong help the weak?
Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus University in Rotterdam has spent his life collecting happiness data. Both his “World Database of Happiness” and the “World Map of Happiness” developed at the University of Leicester consistently rank Denmark as one of happiest nations on earth.
With cradle to grave care given to every citizen, Denmark truly seems to embody the UN Declaration of Human Rights tenet that “all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Denmark may be “happy” and can boast of a robust social welfare net, but a lot of immigrants are not happy, they want their human rights as well.
Maybe the Government was correct – certainly to avoid acts like this in their country.
The broken European asylum system is not a “Greek problem” or “Italian problem” – it is a European problem.
The EU comprises 28 member states. I cannot cover them all, but each has individual problems with accommodation, facilities for processing and finances – yes finances – each country have a recessionary climate – due to Russian austerity measures and malinvestment within. The further need to fund refugees means further borrowing from the ECB.
If one looks at Denmark – which is a part of Europe – the system is broken, but more so in Sweden.
Sweden has an enormous social and financial problem brewing. Every warning light is flashing red, from housing shortages and unrest in the ghettos to skyrocketing welfare costs and cultural tensions between ethnicities.
Tensions are high due to right wing groups publishing data by BRÅ, an agency under the Ministry of Justice and is a centre for research and development within the judicial system, which states that 5% Muslim population commit nearly 77.6% of all rape crimes in Sweden.
The Swedish published article has had Muslims and the extreme socialist left argue that the numbers are distorted and fabricated – but … … but – all the figures in this report originates from BRÅ, The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå). (5)
Then they have a Jewish / Muslim problem in the ethnicity Malmö, left wing and socialist groups deny the existence of the problem, Fredrik Sieradzki, head of the information committee in the Jewish congregation in Malmö, has no hesitation of where the real blame lies.
“It is exclusively muslims. We have a problem in Malmö; that we have muslims here who don’t like jews. But that is something the media chooses to cover up. Talking about it openly is not politically correct and there is a fear of coming across as racist.”(6)
For every account of political incorrectness on statistics or damning article on race relations we have the United Nations warning Sweden of growing ‘Afrophobia,’ hostility toward people of African descent, as Afrophobic hate crimes against Sweden’s black population have been on the rise.
What can one say?
It is obvious that something has to be done otherwise the situation will deteriorate politically and then nothing – so border controls – free movement within the EU limited.
These types of problems are not limited to Sweden, United Kingdom in Rotherham, has a rather large problem with immigrants, frequent marches and protests against the inaction of the police in regard to the Rotherham Muslim sex gang and prostitution ring scandal. This is one ugly story in itself and if you really interested – Google the suburb alone and enough links will blow your search engine.
Immigration in the United Kingdom has the same happening with the active encouragement and enticement by successive British governments. It is the rise of UKIP in Britain, the anti immigration rhetoric which has spurred Cameron to change his policy.
Back in 2010, David Cameron pledged to reduce net migration into Britain to below 100,000 – “no ifs, no buts” and official statistics now show that “net” migration has climbed to 318,000 – that is largely due to things the Government can’t control under current rules and laws, particularly the EU free movement rules that allow any EU citizen the enter Britain freely.
Whilst Cameron is tackling illegal immigration, he is very aware of Britain’s requirements on the refugee situation, whilst announcing a series of ‘radical’ new measures to tackle illegal immigration, he dismisses the EU plans entirely saying that these plans were unacceptable and that efforts should focus on stopping people traffickers.
From the Home Office –
“The UK has a proud history of offering asylum to those who need it most, but we do not believe that a mandatory system of resettlement is the answer,” a home office spokesman said.
“We will oppose any EU Commission proposals to introduce a non-voluntary quota.”
There you have it – Britain has spoken – so the remainder EU members have to pick up the pieces.
The EU policy on immigrants does not effect Norway, but you have to get to Norway first, and more than one million Ukrainians have entered Norway since the Ukrainian conflict started in March 2014.
“I do not think people are aware of how desperate the situation is for tens of thousands of displaced. This runs the risk of becoming a humanitarian catastrophe”, Jan Egeland Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council said.(7)
Poland on the other hand has limited Ukrainian refugees to a couple of hundred thousand and although the country wants full EU membership, they oppose EU plans for binding quotas on asylum and will take in 60 Syrian refugee families of the Christian faith, from the 1,500 Christian refugees seeking asylum.
“We’ll welcome 60 families for a start,” Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz told reporters in Warsaw.
“Today Christians who are being persecuted in a barbaric fashion in Syria deserve Christian countries like Poland to act fast to help them.”(8)
Well at least 60 Christian families will be catered for – the rest?
Yes the rest – the EU has serious problems – don’t stick them on a boat to Australia!
Addendum – Now everyone who reads this blog will be aware of what I think about Cameron, the Prime Minister who tells one and all, that every Islamist atrocity committed in Britain, like the beheading of the soldier Lee Rigby – that it is an ‘insult to Islam’.
Amazing what one can drag up on the Internet, link below of a speech Cameron made which made me wonder, as to what he was trying to achieve.