The article first published in americanthinker.com on 07/21/2019. Two events happened last week – one profusely covered in the European and world media, the other hardly at all – that would have long-lasting and, in the second case, profound implications for generations to come. The first case, of course, had to do with the elections off Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission, the second, with the publication of a study showing that the Germans increasingly are losing their majorities to those with a migrant background. The second study was, of course, vastly more important historically for the future of Europe, but, that, predictably was not the coverage it received. Instead, it was barely noticed, driven as it was to obscurity by the hubbub of
The German government is continuing to insist that the Nord Stream-2 is pure business, no politics. Having read the feasibility study commissioned by the Nord Stream-2 consortium and executed by Arthur D. Little in 2017, one should not second guess the real motives of both the Russian and the German governments – there is a list of jointly agreed countries that stand to gain and by extension that stand to lose. What is missing in the study is the list of countries that are bound to lose. The consultant has been asked to assess the economic impact of the project – “the activities and investments, related to the Nord Stream-2 project on those countries that are either directly involved in the project, or have contributed with materials or
For a long time the real power in the European Union, though hidden behind by high-sounding concepts like ‘more Europe,’ ‘solidarity’ and less sovereignty for the hoi polloi (read Eastern Europe) nations, as in majority rather than unanimous voting. All of this was based on a putative French-German agreement about the key issues of the alliance, which, more often than not, has been based on an assumed rather than real unanimity of views by the two major powers in continental Europe. As if to allay their own doubts and those of the Euro-sceptics about this, Germany and France moved to sign the Aachen Treaty in early 2019. A treaty that conjures up a bipolar domination of Europe that few outside of these two countries would willingly subscribe to. This
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If you looked at the results of the elections for European parliament in Germany, you’ll get a very adequate picture of what happened in Germany, which, while a meaningless tautology, is quite characteristic of what the mainstream media appear to be doing. To wit: the long-established parties, left and right, are losing their grip on the population to the Greens, which ultimately means more of the same in the EU – more Europe, more renewable insanity and more political domination by the Brussels elites, which are neither left nor right, but an increasingly amorphous power blob that sees itself as the virtuous and self-appointed leaders of the great unwashed masses. To that extent, the pundits are right, nothing much has changed and it matters not whether a socialist or
Next week’s elections for European parliament are likely to be treated as irrelevant by most European voters with considerably less than 50% expected to turn out at the polls. Nonetheless, they are watershed elections even though you wouldn’t know that by reading the European press. The reason for that is that both the press and most politicians strenuously avoid discussing what is really at stake in European politics. Instead, they conjure up doomsday predictions of the rise of supposedly anti-European “nationalists” and “populists.” In fact, the “nationalists” are anything but anti-European. Expected to win between a quarter and a third of the vote, few if any of them want to leave the European Union and in most ways they are much more representative of traditional European values than the
The article first published in americanthinker.com on 05/16/2019. Those who follow this blog know that for at least three years I have been saying without fail that German energy policy, known as the Energiewende (energy transition), is a disaster doomed to fail sooner or later. Not so the German mainstream press, which much like the American one, is firmly in the hands of leftists that have been religiously singing the praises of the Energiewende as a model for all humanity to follow. First and foremost, among them has been the popular weekly, Der Spiegel, that has also profiled itself as viciously anti-American to the point of making up fake news to paint America as evil incarnate (Claas Relotius). What was my surprise then when on a flight from Washington to Vienna last
The article first published in instituteforenergyresearch.org on 12/14/2018. The democrats’ latest promise to fuel America’s economy from “100% percent clean, renewable, zero-emission” sources and do so within a decade, while eliminating “systemic injustice,” sounds very much like the perennial Soviet promises that communism was just around the corner. And the communist tenor of these promises is unmistakable. For apart from ridding the world of CO2 emissions, the Green New Deal’s promoters also promise national i.e. government, health care, government job guarantees, upgrading all buildings in the country to green standards and high-speed trains to replace air travel. The only doubts these wild-eyed socialists seem to have is that they are “not sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” as their, in the
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The Canadian Climate Leadership Council recently proposed a plan that was supported by 27 Nobel laureates in economics and other business dignitaries, calling for the introduction of a national carbon tax starting at $40 per ton of carbon dioxide. The base argumentation used was primarily economic efficiency and climate fatalism. The underlying logic seemed closer to abstract academic theory than sound economic reasoning. More has been happening recently, with an obvious reference being made to Brexit, as politicians tend to lead the public without a clear understanding of the costs and consequences, jumping into reckless actions while lacking trustworthy and elaborate impact assessments and risk analyses. Canada is one of the zealot countries, diehard supportive of climate change policies and the Paris accords. Ottawa has been on the