Europe 2013 – The Fifth Reich?

The idea of the Third Reich was something that we became expressly familiar with through the second quarter of the last century. The German Empire was established by a power hungry megalomaniac hell bent of World Domination and German Totalitarianism. A single nation, under the leadership of one party, for the good of one race of people, come hell or high water. The effect of this madness? A war that wiped out millions of people, flattened whole cities throughout Europe and damaged the economies and geopolitical landscape of the Euro Zone for decades to come.

Fast forward sixty years, and the current German Chancellor seems to have pulled off what the Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler yearned to do without the shot of a single bullet, without the concentration camps, massive armies and widespread destruction of infrastructure, assets and the establishment. How? Simple, forget about using the dominance of force, and allow the folly of man’s greed play the power into your hands.

Europe 2013 is meant to be a United Zone of nations, brought together in a common interest, to give equality, diversity and collective prosperity to every member country right? Governed by a parliament, protected by a system of complex legal legislative directives, and operated for the preferential treatment of members through a variety of agreements and allowances that enable growth and development through trade, financial stability and equality.

In its simplest terms, the Euro Zone is an agreement which sort to unify Europe. In a world unbalanced by national policies designed to protect and ensure the stability of the national economy of a country, areas of global inequality in terms of workers rights and how the protection of these rights has lead to areas like the Euro Zone finding themselves incapable of competing against developing markets where labour is cheap and operating costs are low, the idea of a unified, equal and protected Europe was appealing to all.

Industrialised nations were only too happy to climb into bed with their lesser developed neighbours as they saw opportunities to secure markets for their skills, manufacturing industries and productivity. As prosperity grew, the union, flush with the proceeds of member nations keen on building equality to stimulate trade, grow internal markets and develop the region, was only too happy to distribute huge financial incentives in the forms of this grant or that loan to facilitate infrastructure projects which in turn lead to the stimulation of job creation, and promoted an internal demand for manufactured goods, skills and supply lines throughout the Euro Zone.

All well and good while the system is working. Everyone seems to be equals, there is a collective system of bringing concerns to the table, discussing them, and working together to resolve any issues. Legislation is worked out, debated and determined to the benefit of all the member states, bringing into effect a national style of identity across the board in all EU Member Nations. Employees suddenly have equal rights from Romania through to France. Members from any member nations enjoy freedom of travel/movement. Protections are in place to protect savings, business, trade, infrastructure, natural resources, the environment and the collective economies of every member of the union.

Courtesy - Derek Bacon - Getty Images

Courtesy – Derek Bacon – Getty Images

That is, until something goes wrong. Cue the global financial meltdown of the last five years. In these unprecedented financial times, it is clear to see the cracks in the system. Equality? What equality. For the first time in half a century, German dominance has once more taken centre stage as Angela Merkel shows time and time again over the last few years the reality of what equality means for Greek and now Cyprian citizens.

What truly beggars belief is the complete madness of fiscal policies that the Euro Zone seem willing to implement in nations on the edge of the system, places where it would seem to be of little consequence whether the idea is of sound and logical design, but drawn out more from a need to appease voters at home, than the equality or future reality for real, honest citizens of this United Europe. In a market desperate for stability, direction and a clear sense of responsibility, all we see are leaders rushing to dodge the bullet, pass the buck, and make sure at whatever cost that they are protecting their own national interests. Bugger the United Europe in this instance.

The worrying trend for me is the way in which at every turn along this torturous road it has been the German politicians that have really been calling the shots. Since the demise of the world money markets, we have seen any number of wealthy European Economies fall into fiscal woe. Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal to mention but a few. Yet in these cases billion dollar bail outs were handed out freely, without bringing a nation to its knees. Now however, when it comes to less important member states, economies perhaps not viewed as critical to the Euro stability, that we see the reality of what equality means to the German powerhouse. The sad thing is that when it comes down to it, no one within the Euro Zone has the financial muscle to stand up to Angela Merkel, and for this reason, she is able to bull headedly put the very future of Europe at risk to maintain credibility back home.

There is an argument that says Cyprus has become a safe haven for Russian Billionaires who use it as an off shore centre of storing large deposits of dirty money, and for this reason, why should German tax payers foot the bill to bail out the Cyprian government in their hour of need. I would love to see this argument used in Switzerland should heaven forbid, it ever need a financial bailout. Regardless of who has banked their money in a nations financial banking system, how does this translate to fairness when a fiscal demand attached to a bailout offer sees consideration given to taxation of ordinary savers who have placed their hard earned money into accounts throughout a nations banking system.

Stop for a single moment and consider what savings are. I have listened to numerous financial experts who freely wag their chins on Radio and National Television suggesting that savers should be exposed to the same type of risk as anyone investing their money in any type of investment based on the expectation of a payment of interest on their savings. For the vast majority of people, savings are exactly what they would suggest. Deposits made into what is perceived to be a safe and secure domain to prepare for a capital purchase at some time in the future. Why do we use bank? If it were safer to keep my money stored under my bed do you not think I would do this? The only reason we place our hard earned capital into a bank account is based on the idea that for the 95% of the population that are not wealthy, the bank is the only safe institution where we can store our money while we go through the motion of saving up for that deposit on a house, a new car, a family, education, business idea.

If we perceived a savings account as a financial risk, would we use it as a way of keeping our money safe? If we were told openly and honestly that in real terms, this is NOT a savings account, but a vehicle of investment, a loan in effect to the bank, and there was no guarantee that we would get out of it as much as we put in at the start, would honest, hard working, average people be at all interested in depositing any sum of money into a savings account?

Quite honestly, if this was the truth they were forced to print in the literature of a savings accounts terms and conditions, I could see the sales of home safes going through the roof in the next five years. If you are looking for a fairly good stock market investment right now, Chubb would be a pretty good bet!

All jokes aside, it is astounding to me, or any lay person, that anyone with access to the top financial economists money can buy, would even consider the proposal we currently see on the table in Cyprus. A tax on savings is ludicrous. Do you WANT to start a run on the banks? Are you seriously looking to destabilise the rest of Europe? I mean come on, can you honestly tell me that no one considered that a possible result of such a proposal would be that savers in every European Country in financial difficulties right now, would not look at the proposal in Cyprus, put two and two together, and realise that, just maybe, their own savings could now be at risk?

I am no economist. I do not work for any government, nor do I confer or speak daily to financial experts, and even I can figure out that this is a potential risk. Why? Simple. I am a saver, with funds in a large British Banking institution who is wondering if my savings could ever be pounced on if the UK gets into choppy waters. We’ve already been downgraded by one financial institution, indicating that they are expecting us to have difficulties in repaying our debt. What can I draw from this? At some point in the future, it is likely if not certain that the UK will default on its payments. When this might happen, who knows. It is even possible it will never happen, however, for someone out there, it is a very real possibility, and for that reason, it is a very real concern to me.

So what do I do? Rush down to the bank and draw out my savings? How many other people throughout Europe are asking themselves the exact same question right now? How do we now AVOID a run on the banks?

For many people, this is quite simply a fore runner of a tax on wealth. This means that for 5% of the worlds population, they are really itchy about having to pay more on their vast sums of money, so they would prefer to see 95% of the worlds population suffer to foot the bill so they can continue to live in the lap of luxury.

Fair? Where is the equality in that? No, I am sorry this is not balanced Europe. This is not a place where it does not matter what you bring to the table. When it comes down to the crunch, it is the people with the power, in this instance our good friends the Germans’ that are calling the shots. If it is not in their interest to offer a bail out plan, then to hell with it, they will bring the EU to its knees before they see any more of their taxes paid out to help their neighbours in the Euro Zone. So that concept of equality, openness  fairness? Yes well, it works when it is in our interest to see it work, but when risk is put before us, and you expect us to come to the rescue, expect your lives to become a living hell while we do it.

As a simple worker, a person much like the majority of the sixty plus million people living in the UK, all I can see from where I stand is a super powerful Germany becoming a dictatorial leader within this Europe on our borders. When ludicrous fiscal policies are being put forward, debated, considered and insisted on by the weight of a financially powerful nation within a Union, I would suggest that the union is not quite a union. I cannot help but wonder if there are people behind the strings, hell bent on collapsing Europe. Plunging the world into an economic melt down like no other. Let us be quite clear. When the normal man is losing everything he owns, there are powerful institution’s, and hugely wealthy people making money as a result of the collapse. Is this what is really going on in the Euro Zone?

I cannot believe that the German’s do not know what they are doing. I am not able to believe that no one in a position of power has not been able to consider the very things that I have written about above, without considering the risks associated with these actions, and for this reason alone, I cannot help but wonder what the real reason behind it is. For a long time, people have talked about a single currency, a worldwide monetary system, the phasing out of dollars and cents, and the introduction of a financial monetary system for the digital age. Is this how they are going to do it? Force the collapse of one major economy? It is only logical that the collapse of one single national economy will start a chain reaction around the globe.

We are teetering on the edge of oblivion. In our life time, money, the way we buy and sell, our value system and how we trade will change. For this to happen certain things have to take place. Look for example at how the British people have resisted the Euro. The offer 20 years ago of a single currency, an inter dependence, a great new world was a bridge too far for simple people. The idea was shunned, and so back to the drawing board they went. So if you can’t get people to buy into an idea openly, how do you introduce the idea? You create a set of circumstances that demand that people have to adopt your idea to survive. Bring the world to the brink of a financial melt down, threaten peoples savings, lose people money in bank collapses, bankrupt a country or two along the way and what happens? You will cause a panic like never before. Introduce a solution, in a single currency, a digital trading system that does away with paper money and plastic credit cards, and means that you store your financial certainty in your body in the form of a chip or some such device, safe, secure and never again at threat from being lost in some scary international collapse, and every single person will buy into your idea without batting an eye lid.

How certain are you now that Germany are not behind some weird kind of world domination conspiracy? Didn’t the Third Reich want to own the world?

I am not one for a conspiracy theory if I am honest. There are too many ifs, buts, ands, etc. Questions without answers, and assumptions without evidence. I don’t like assumption. However what I am saying is that there is something more than meets the eye going on here, and if it looks like a dog, sounds like a dog and feels like a dog, then sorry it is a dog!

I don’t know exactly what is going on, but one thing I am certain about. We will see a very different world soon. It is going to happen in our life time, and not for the first time in my life, I am certain that these are the end of days as we know them. Something very different is coming and it is coming soon.

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Lisbon Treaty, Yes Vote in Ireland, Europe and the UK

lisbon_maleSitting out on the Western extremes of the European Union, Ireland must feel very alone in this time of financial uncertainty. While the rest of the world seem committed to supporting each other and each government is actively involved in negotiating for the best possible trade deals to support their own shaky economies, when your an Ireland cut off from the rest of the Europe, it must be even more worrying to be fighting to survive right now. So it is little wonder that the Irish people have finally succumbed to the European might and voted yes in today’s referendum.

If you look at the realities of their situation, there is a very clear reason for why Ireland should vote yes. But I do wonder at what cost this acceptance will have long term for us here in the UK and the world as a whole. Personally I don’t think the world is quite ready for a United States of Europe right now. And if what I read in the Huffington Post and Times of London is true, then we are all headed for yet another term under Tony Blair, I am even less convinced that we need a Europe united under one flag at this precise moment.

The fact that the Euro is finally a currency worth considering as pound sterling and the US dollar crash and burn is not our saving grace. The appearance that a united Europe will mean that preferential trade agreements will bolster up our withering economies is further from the truth today than it was ten years ago. When the West finally wakes up and realises that the bandwagon has left town and is headed towards South East Asia, the quicker that we will realise that a united Europe is not going to help anyone but the wolf in sheep’s clothing among us. Nay, Europe is not our saviour as Brussels would have us all believe. If anything Europe is a mix and match of unequal brides, different size yokes and a whole bag of skeletons in closets we never even knew existed.

Take for example the UK. New Labour assured us that there would be no mass migration of Eastern European workers desperate to find work in an attractive UK market. The reality was that huge numbers of migrant Eastern European workers flooded into the UK under the freedom of movement treaty between the new European States. All well and good while the boom was floating, but when the bottom was blown out, the first cry that went up was British jobs for British workers. We now suddenly find that three million British people are out of work as during the golden years when British people turned their noses up at minimum wage jobs, a work force willing to do the job and not argue about what they earned slowly moved into the country under our noses. Now that we all want a job so desperately, Labour can’t do a thing to help, knowing full well that Europe would come crashing down on them if they tried for one moment to protect British jobs.

I am still mystified at how European politicians can imagine bringing an area where more than ten different national languages are spoken together under one united parliament and tell us that the European politicians have the best interests of every nation at heart. No matter which way you look at it some countries are going to get cream pie and others will land up with sorbet instead. The intricacies of our agreements to stick to green plans, energy production, imitations’ goals etc on its own presents a mine field of hiccups that would give even the most seasoned project manager indigestion. Then consider if you will the intricacies of our different financial institutions, government taxations, employment laws, health plans, pensions policies, mortgage and banking regimes, and so much more to baffle even the most educated economist. When you look at places like the United States, or Russia where vast areas are brought together under one banner, you can see that the process was one of time, war and heartache. The North still fight the South in America to this day, even though no one will officially agree to that. The Union of Socialist Soviet Republics broke apart, understandably at the spectacular failure of Communism, but of more interest is the failure of a nation once unified under that banner to come to agreement on how to govern itself. Huge numbers of people died in a civil war in America and under dictatorship in the USSR before any sort of peace could realistically be achieved. What does that spell out in time for us?

Let’s throw another confusion into the mix. Spain has ETA, Northern Ireland has the IRA, Italy has the Red Brigade, Greece has the Revolutionary Nuclei, the PKK in Turkey just to name but a few of the terrorist organisations within Europe that are already fighting for a democratically independent and free country. So under the unification of European states we become a nation with more terrorist groups than any other nation in the world, and who does their fight now fall at the feet of? Do we all automatically become enemies of these groups, as we all stand for a unified country oppressing their desire to become independent? Personally I think it would be quite nice for the IRA to focus their attention at bombing Brussels rather than right here at home, but in reality if so many people are still actively fighting for a homeland in 2009, how on earth can we claim to be a United Europe? And all this before we’ve even begun to talk about the international war on terror!

I wonder how France, Italy, Germany and all the other European nations will like the fact that when the United Kingdom enters the EU officially we will be bringing with us the largest national debt since before World War two. For us I think that would be a wonderful break, our debt being swallowed up by the might of Europe, but can you really see the other members of the EU accepting to shoulder the huge black hole that Tony Blair’s New Labour created before walking out and leaving Gordon Brown with a mess unlike any other in the modern world. How is it that a war monger, thief, liar and traitor can suddenly be up for the most powerful post in the new Europe? We all knew that Tony Blair coveted after a position in Europe. Europe was the holy grail as far as the king of spin was concerned, and that is exactly how he has got where he is today. No one understands the power of spin more than Tony Blair. One wonders with this accolade in the wings, how much he is willing to pay Gordon Brown to keep him out of the lime light in his bid to rule in Europe. He must be trembling in his boots that Gordon will drop him right in it with a public hearing on the Iraq war. Unfortunately there can be no deal on the back of a matchbox this time around, and any promise to Gordon to take him on his coat tails into Europe must ring out like echo’s in an empty vessel as the bitter realisation of his defeat at the expense of Tony Blair dawns on the aging Prime Minister.

Yes I can see that the Irish need Europe. They need it a whole lot more than the slip of land between it and the shores of mainland Europe needs it. We know that the referendum on Europe must pass through a number of other countries now before it is finally ratified in Brussels, but let us be honest with ourselves in looking at the situation we now face as a continent. With America more and more focusing on its own affairs, and relations between ourselves and the US taking a decidedly frosty turn since Brown took office, we must ask ourselves where our real future lies. A united Europe is the only real opportunity on the cards, and to say we refuse to enter the Euro Zone now is to cut your own throat in more ways than one. As more and more work haemorrhages south of the equator we have to look within to find a solution to our spiralling debt and find new ways to prevent destruction in the form of destitution. While Europe will never be a popular subject with anyone who is a patriot to their national identity, alone we are doomed. The pound has taken a battering of a life time, and will not regain the ground it has lost. Taxation alone cannot repay the loans we have borrowed to prop up our beleaguered economy, and there is no more empire to rape and plunder for riches. The United Britain that we knew as the power house of the world, the leader of the free nations, the ruler and commander of the empire is no more. And this is the grim reality that must face us all as we awake to a 21st century Britain.

So if it means that we must face becoming part of the Euro Zone, then let us prepare for it, and begin to put our thinking caps on as a nation. Let us use our time wisely as France, Germany, Portugal and Italy have already done. Let us instead of trying to resist the change and campaigning our time and effort in this resistance, let us use our time wisely to establish a premier place for ourselves within Europe. Let’s not be left at the wings, with little say about decisions that shape our life style and the way our country is run, but let’s ensure our place at negotiation table as one of the leaders of the first world, this is surely our rightful place. We have been mislead by a wicked and cunning plotter, who for so long spoke carefully veiled words that led us as a nation to think that Europe was not in our best interests, while quietly plotting behind our backs to position himself as the saviour of the European Constitution. In times gone by it may not have been in our best interests to prepare to join the Euro Zone, but perhaps the time has come to admit defeat and work to ensure a decent place at the table when we sit down to feast.

Once Ireland ratifies the European Constitution and Brussels has all the power, it will be a lonely place to find ourselves pinned between the extreme west of Europe and the might of the East of Europe. Sandwiched in the middle is not the place to be, and while losing our identity as British people may not be easy to swallow, I have had to live through worse at the hands of the British politician as they failed to step up to the mark and accept their responsibility to their people who were persecuted and expelled from the land they worked as British colonialists. Becoming European will just be another step in this end game that politicians play. I do however believe that if we are going to be forced into accepting that the Euro Zone is our only hope for survival that we ensure that we get everything we deserve from the treaty.

We don’t want pussy foot politicians as our representatives in Europe. Under no circumstances should we roll over and accept what we are told, but our representation must fight to give us equal and adequate rights as members of Europe. If this is going to be “Our Europe”, then it must be spelled out that we demand the right to elect our leaders, and not be subjugated to living under an appointed leader. If this talk that Tony Blair is to be appointed as the first premier of the European Union then our representatives must shout from every roof top that they can find that this is not the will of the people. We have no wish at all to fall under the rule of this clown and poodle any longer, and have no wish to see a power house such as the European Union take such a dramatic step towards its own destruction.

If we are part of Europe we’ll have petrol at equal prices, and energy pumped directly into the UK, as we are an equal member of Europe and fully entitled to our share of the spoils. We will enjoy freedom of travel and when we want a job elsewhere we will be thankful that we have robust and energetic leadership that goes out and ensures that British labour is welcome anywhere throughout Europe and the Germans nor the French dare stand in our way if we want a job that a Frenchman or German wants. We will enjoy the same benefits as any other European, and if I choose to have medical attention in Spain where the weather will aid my recovery, I shall be entitled to have the treatment I require at the same standard and on the same basis as the NHS. France will wake up and realise that a raft of illegal immigrants camping on our doorstep is totally unsuitable as we are now Europe, and allowing them to sneak into Britain is allowing them to sneak into Europe, and therefore deal with the problem decisively and professionally once and for all.

Yes, I defiantly think we need to rethink our approach to Europe, and begin to realise that maybe, just maybe this whole “No Way, We Won’t Go!” approach to entering the EU is not in our best interests. I say this on the basis that we get good, strong and reliable leadership, that are willing to fight, maybe not a good fight at times, but fight to ensure that British rights, and the good of the British people are protected as members of Europe. I guess that after so many years of living under poor, inadequate, mediocre leadership, I yearn for some real direction from the politicians that I vote for. Where are the Churchill’s among us? Why can’t we find another Iron Lady to take us head first into a bold new world? If we are going to see a united Europe in my life time, dear god let it be with a decent British government in power at the time.