Thank you for taking the time to answer my communications.
My questionnaire? The questions are of course only answerable with “True”. If not, I would be very happy to be told where I have got it wrong. Sadly (because I live in and love Europe and all this is actually very stressful) I really think the EU leadership has lost its head and a large part of its morality and I feel betrayed and disgusted for a considerable number of reasons.
Every day comes more news of what I consider insane thinking. Today’s trawling of the press reveals this, and I am afraid that Herr Schmidt, whom I otherwise admire, is badly misguided – SEE HERE from “The Telegraph” today:
“Germany’s opposition has just committed itself to a policy that would saddle the country with up to €4 trillion of fresh liabilities, a repeat of German reunification on a much bigger scale. This is a radical departure. Mr Steinmeier’s proposal is a gamble that Spain (or Italy) would never need to draw such support. It assumes that Spain is fundamentally solvent. This is a hotly disputed subject.
Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said Germany must give up much of its sovereignty to the EU and accept the burden of costly “reparations” if it is to save the euro and avoid pushing southern Europe “into the abyss”. He said Germany had caused “horrors in the past” and had a special duty to uphold the European ideal. Petty-minded “tacticalists” who seem willing to let the EU fall apart will leave a catastrophic historical legacy, he said.”
This is of course utter rubbish. The guilty people are LONG DEAD. Today’s “Germans” (including a fair number of million Turks – and ME!!) are NOT GUILTY IN ANY WAY. Herr Schmidt is in fact guilty HIMSELF of nationalism. You cannot make an ENTIRE country guilty of anything that happened before almost all its current citizens were born.
This is EXACTLY what the Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg axis has played on for DECADES, though they don’t say it openly. The German guilt complex has been subtly exploited to extract billions out of the country, to the great credit of Germany. But enough is enough – German “guilt” must NO LONGER be exploited to pay for the idiocy of countries such as Greece. My father fought against the Nazis and the Wehrmacht, but IT IS ALL HISTORY.
Herr Schmidt has lost it totally. Greece CANNOT live in the euro. The EU’s OWN ECONOMISTS told them this BEFORE the euro started. The economies are too diverse. The EU only allowed Greece into the euro for its OWN POLITICAL AMBITIONS, which include of course (as van Rompuy has stated) fiscal and eventually political union. WE DO NOT WANT POLITICAL UNION and especially not to be ruled from Brussels by people like van Rompuy and Borroso, who ONLY TODAY in the middle of the biggest economic crisis n Europe since WWI was complaining that he hasn’t got his SIX% budget increase. This comes the day after we learn that MEPs are automatically to get €91,000 for expenses – no more bother filling out expense forms and producing receipts ….
Have people in Brussels got ANY IDEA what ordinary people think of all this? I personally consider it to be theft. You do it because you CAN do it. It’s EXACTLY like FIFA. You get VAST sums from national governments and there is almost NO accountability, except for an election every few years in which a minority of people vote, and even then very often like sheep for their party. How many even KNOW who their MEP is? The Brussels elite TRADE on this, but you can only push a milch cow so far before she turns and sticks her horns in you in anger.
What IS this nonsense from Frau Merkel that “If the euro fails, Europe fails”? Europe was doing very nicely BEFORE the euro. If the euro collapsed totally (which it doesn’t need to do and won’t) Europe would CONTINUE. We could still have a full common-market and increasing cooperation without the euro at all. I cannot see why even the Chancellor comes out with these frankly silly and apocalyptic statements. Herr Juncker is another one. “This failure of Germany to help other countries is ‘unEuropean'”. Did you hear that? About Germany, which has poured BILLIONS into “Europe”, principally A) into poorer countries and B) into the pockets of people like Juncker. The man is a waste of space, yet earns MANY times the salary and benefits of ordinary workers who PAY for it all. Has the man (or his cronies in Brussels) NO concept of irony?
- Some countries have to leave the euro. That much is obvious. It must also be obvious to the elite, but they CANNOT ACCEPT any step backwards in their march towards a United States of Europe, of which the euro is a major symbol. They are lying to us AND to themselves.
- It is idiotic for Germany to pour billions of good money after bad, and IT WILL NOT WORK. It WILL NOT SOLVE the fundamental problems, and neither will ordinary Germans put up with it. The EU and national politicians have NO RIGHT to gamble with our money.
- Europe will not “fail” if some countries leave the euro, which was based on a political lie anyway. It will still exist; countries will still work together, even become closer over time.
- Constant harking back to Germany’s “guilt” in the war is stupid and insulting. (I’m British, so I can say that …) In ANY case, it wasn’t “the Germans” but the NAZIS who were guilty, and they are STILL BEING HUNTED DOWN – but this is NOTHING TO DO WITH “GERMANY” TODAY.
- The level of remuneration that the EU elite pays itself is immoral, disgusting and will lead to the collapse of trust. Governments CAN ONLY FUNCTION AND SURVIVE if they have the people’s trust. The tipping point for me was the £62,000 per year for four years payments to Mandelson who RESIGNED from his job as EU Commissioner. I AM HELPING TO PAY HIM £62,000 for four years for doing NOTHING, just because he worked for the EU. You CANNOT have one law for the elite and another for everyone else. The fact that the people concerned cannot see this is just typical of the extent to which their venality has overtaken their commonsense.
- The new MEP expenses regime is yet ANOTHER example of the extent to which you are out of touch. It is an insult to Europeans losing their jobs and incomes left, right and centre. The EU elite had (I say “had”, because I actually think the whole thing is doomed, ruined by greed and arrogance) a duty to give a lead, to lead by example. IT HAS FAILED. Now they are running around like headless chickens DENYING THE TRUTH about the euro. The ONLY reason the euro has not collapsed already is A) because the dollar is even weaker and B) Germany is still economically sound, though it will soon cease to be if it signs up to another €FOUR TRILLION in guarantees to the non-serious countries.
- Sometime in Europe we have to get real and recognize the truth. Does the EU elite think people are so stupid as not to see the truth?
I am just one totally insignificant individual, but I am very angry indeed and do not know how to channel this anger. I am an archetypal “European”. I speak several European languages, was married to a Spanish lady, now to a German, have multi-lingual children in different European countries. I have worked in England, France and Germany and of course lived in all three. But I am very depressed indeed about the quality of Europe’s leadership, which is totally out of touch and indeed incompetent. Juncker complaining about Germany’s “un-European” ness is surreal, as is Borroso whingeing on about not getting his 6%. These people DO NOT LIVE IN THE SAME WORLD as us.
And I am tired of people like me being labelled “eurosceptic”. NO, WE ARE NOT “EUROSCEPTIC”, we are “EU-ELITE SCEPTIC”, the insults that flow our way being yet another example of the arrogance and detachment from reality that the elite in Brussels suffer from.
I won’t go on to discuss the fiasco and shame of the passing of the Lisbon Treaty with no proper consultation of the people that the EU professes to serve, though I would like to know WHY the EU is paying out BILLIONS of our money (not YOUR money, OUR money) to failing economies when as far as I know this is FORBIDDEN in the Lisbon Treaty. A court case is about to go ahead in Germany on this very point. What happens if it IS found to be illegal? Will Frau Merkel, Herr Sarkozy, van Rompuy and the rest of them be locked up for misuse of public funds? The whole thing is scandalous and farcical.
Things have to change or it will end in tears, as all arrogant Empires do that overreach themselves. This would be a tragedy for us all. It is INSANE that people like me are so negative. YOU NEED US.
- I am quite aware and grateful that many ordinary people in the EU work very hard and do good things. My disgust is with the LEADERSHIP, which is of course responsible for all the above. An attack on the incompetent and indeed corrupt leadership is neither eurosceptic (though the leadership will of course play it that way) NOR an attack on the ordinary workers in the EU. Much of the EU’s work has brought great benefits, but in many areas it GOES TOO FAR.
- Letters and complaints like mine are pretty pointless of course, unless there are enough people like me to make a difference at elections, which there usually aren’t, though it could be different next time as we are in such a mess – and of course it WILL GET MUCH WORSE. However, I am grateful that Herr Schwab has been prepared to listen to what I have to say.
- My greatest fear is that as the EU collapses people (and especially the nauseating Franco-Belgian- Luxembourg alliance in Brussels) will start to blame Germany. Yes, that would be INSANE but nationalism IS insane. Such anti-German comments (and we are ALREADY starting to see them) would tend to bring about the very nationalism and indeed possible fascism that the EU elite claim to be concerned about. The fact that EVEN HERR SCHMIDT refers to “German guilt” is astounding. Germany no longer HAS any guilt, any more than Turks living today are guilty over Armenia, except for denying what happened.
These are dangerous and difficult days. I am far from confident that the EU has the leadership it needs and deserves, but what can we DO about this? Nothing apparently, any more than we can about the gruesome FIFA – or indeed the banks. But when ordinary citizens begin to feel angry and helpless about the elite (especially when economic conditions get tough) THEN you have a danger, THEN we must learn from history. Citizens have to feel that “We are all in this together.” When we learn that MEPs have just got a £5000 cheque for XMAS and €91,000 in non-accountable expenses, I am afraid the spirit of togetherness takes a big knock.
MEPs could do something, but are they becoming part of the problem? I heard ONE SINGLE Danish MEP complaining about the nonsensical and vastly-expensive new “diplomatic service”, (SIX BILLION EUROS at a time of economic meltdown!) but the rest of them seem to go along sheep-like with what the Axis-of-Unreality in Brussels wants. That is NOT why you were elected.
Yours Sincerely Chris SNUGGS