Habermas gropes for “solidarity”

Habrezhnev

“My dialectic beats your Photoshop* any day.”

Here is an eBook edited by the Social Europe Journal on how to achieve.. a social Europe. It is prefaced by Euro-Marxoid heavyweights Jürgen Habermas and Zygmunt Bauman. JH ponders at length on “solidarity” but I can’t help but think he’s leaving out something rather important.

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Former Buba Head: EU officials knew eurozone was not economically necessary, done for “psychological reasons”

"It just... felt right."

“It just… felt right.”

In the media bidness, what happened yesterday is “old news,” but for historians the scribblings of journalists are merely a “first draft.”

With that in mind, here is a 2003 speech by former Bundesbank president Hans Tietmeyer, who was in charge in the 1990s in the run-up to the creation of the euro. I was struck by this passage on the Werner and Delors reports which prescribed the creation of the common currency:

In both reports, the transition to a single currency, with uniform banknotes and coins, is not considered to be imperative in purely technical terms. Even so, both reports argue unanimously (primarily for psychological and political reasons) in favour of the introduction of a single currency.

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Assange on Visa/MasterCard: “When Putin buys a Coke, 30 seconds later the U.S. knows”

Paging NSA: “The latte has landed, repeat, the latte has landed.”

Paging NSA: “The latte has landed, repeat, the latte has landed.”

I remember being struck by this point made in Julian Assange’s 2012 book Cypherpunks – a compilation of discussions with NSA-conscious geeks, PDF here – on the incredible spying power Visa/MasterCard provide to the United States government, particularly relevant given the current conflict with Russia.

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ECB’s Cœuré: The eurozone is like a grueling triathlon

ETU Challenge Kraichgau 2012

ECB Executive Board Member Benoît Cœuré gave an interesting speech to a government audience in Athens recently on “Convergence 2.0.” He says trying to create the eurozone and stop it from collapsing is a lot like a grueling Ironman “triathlon.” He also suggests “convergence” in future will involve not so much peripheral Europe’s standards of living rising to those of the center, but more having centralized economic policies imposed across Europe.

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Poll: “race relations/immigration” overtakes the economy as “most important issue” for Brits

Slightly old news but still noteworthy. According to a June 27 Ipsos MORI poll (bold in the original):

Race/immigration is now seen as the singular most important issue facing Britain today.

The economy moves to second place, for the first time since August 2008

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Multilingual blog splits in telling metaphor

Note pour les francophones : Je n’écrirai plus en français sur ce site. Merci de me rejoindre sur mon blogue de langue française, europrotection.info. Vous retrouverez les mêmes analyses et infos de qualité sur le protectionnisme, l’Europe et la Nation !

As you may have noticed, I am gradually phasing out French from this blog and website.

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Is the EU presided by a closet protectionist?

Van Rompuy

In neo-Carolingian mode.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, who chairs the meetings of national presidents and prime ministers, has again criticized the EU’s excessive focus on abolishing economic/financial borders and that instead it should “balance” this with “protection.” The EU has been too much of an open “space” rather than a rooted “place.”

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Raymond Aron on the Nation-State as “Political Masterpiece”

Cocorico“Of course, personally and as an intellectual, the European idea persuaded and fascinated me. It would have been an incomparable historical achievement to create a nation made up of European nations. But to tell the truth, I never believed in it, even if on the whole I campaigned in favor of this goal. I never believed in it because I have always had the feeling that the specificity and uniqueness of Europe was in the plurality of nationalities and State sovereignties. […] Continue reading

What the Front National wants in 12 points

Le Pen First Partz

The FN apparently pre-printed those “First Party of France” posters for enhanced election night gloating.

With the unprecedented victory of the Front National in the France’s European parliamentary elections – winning 24.85% of the vote and a whopping one-out-of-three French seats, sending a cohort of 24 MEPs to Brussels/Strasbourg that will almost certainly lead a new faction of nationalist parties – it is as important as ever to understand what makes French nationalists tick.

With that in mind, here is a 12-point summary of the Front National’s policy program (as drawn from their media appearances and national/local manifestos). I write this post purely as a succinct guide to these nationalists’ stated positions, without getting into inevitably complicated and polemical questions of whether this or that position is opportunistic, ideological, sincere, realistic, desirable, contradictory or whatever. But I may write on that at a future date. Continue reading