Soome Iseseisvuspartei saatis Eesti Iseseisvusparteile huvitava kirja-koostööpakkumise. Lühikesele EIP-poolsele eestikeelsele sisututvustusele järgneb kirja koopia.
Euroopa Liidust Läti vaatevinklist vaadatuna
Aastal 2007 korraldas SKDS, mis on uuringuid ja rahvaküsitlusi toestav ettevõte Lätis http://www.skds.lv/ , küsitluse Euroopa Liidu teemal. Küsimus kõlas järgmiselt: “Kas te toetate Läti kuulumist Euroopa Liitu?” 25,5% elanikkonnast vastasid “EI”, 34 % vastasid “JAH”
Endise Nõukogude Liidu ja praeguse Euroopa Liidu kõrvutamine on Lätis aga laialt levinud. Kui varem dikteeriti kõike Moskvast, siis nüüd tulevad käsud ja seadused Brüsselist. Iga kord, kui Lätis toimub mingis valdkonnas hinnatõus, on kuulda nurinat ja süüdistusi Euroopa Liidu aadessil. Euroopa Liit on muidugi palju rõhunud tervishoiule Balti riikides, kuid millise hinnaga see inimesteni jõuab?!
Lätlaste hulgas Euroopa Liidu toetajate hulk pidevalt kahaneb, samasuguseid küsitlusi on läbi viidud ka teistes riikides. Kui Lätis arvas niisiis kogu elanikkonnast 34%, et Euroopa Liit on hea, siis Ungaris kogu rahvaarvust 42%. Madalmaades on see protsent suurim, Luksemburgis andis küsitlus 82% pooldavaid vastuseid, Belgias 79%; teistes riikides on protsent väiksem.
Uus impeerium tekib ja tugevneb. Strukturi ja ideoloogia poolest on see väga sarnane meid rõhunud Nõukogude Liiduga. Ka Euroopa Liit kujundab uut rahvust oma suure impeeriumi jaoks; Läti, Leedu ja Eesti selle sisse sulatatult. On ju Euroopa Komisjoni juht, portugaallane José Manuel Barroso öelnud näkku: “Euroopa Liit on impeerium!” Allikas: EU-Observer, 12th of July 2007.
Uus sellekohane leping kirjutati alla liidu liidrite poolt möödunud aasta 13. detsembril ning ainult Iirimaa on sellest oma kodanikke korralikult teavitanud. Taani poliitik, Euroopa Liidu parlamendi liige Jens-Peter Bonde on eelmainitud lepingu teksti rängalt kritiseerinud ja nimetanud seda ebainimlikuks.
Allakirjutamise päeval osales 200,000 portugaallast demonstratsioonil. Ja miks on sellest rahvusvahelistes uudistes vaikitud? Kas siis ei olnud demonstrantide sõnum piisavalt selge? Pole usutav. Paljudes riikides on olnud sarnaseid väljaütlemisi, et ilukõneline Euroopa Liit lubab meile helget tulevikku ja lihtsamat eluga toimetulemist, tegelikkuses aga ahistab rahvast.
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1) INCREASE OF EUROSCEPTICISM IN LATVIA!
According to SKDS agency research, Fresh opinion polls show, that euroscepticism is increasing. EU membership in Latvia was opposed in February 2007 by 25,5 % per cent in February 2007. The question asked was: “Do You support Latvia’s EU membership?” (25,5 % answered “NO”). In the end of last year, acording to EU Information Agency polls, opposition against Latvia’s EU membership increased to 25, 5 %. This means that just above a quarter of all Latvians today, are resilient hardliners, opposing the whole federal idea of the European Union. At the EU accession referendum on September 2003, the campaign funds of YES side were 120 times bigger than NO sides funds.
Comparision between Soviet Union and European Union is widely spread in Latvia, where people has experieced both of them. Similarity of Brussels directives and Sowiet Moscow’s orders are so visible, that has created a lot of jokes about coming Baltic anti – EU revolution. So far the difference between Soviet Union and European Union is that Soviet Union was providing much more social security and healthcare to everybody in the Baltic States and heavely invested in the development of high tech industry. As the prices, regulations, EU centralisation go up, the support for EU membership in Latvia goes down. Living in a country which had 3 wars and 4 revolutions in last century, we have learned that unions come and go. So the question now is only WHEN will EU be gone.
2) LATVIANS LEAST POSITIVE ABOUT EU!”
Citizens from the Latvian republic are the least convinced that EU membership is positive, while Bulgaria appears to be the more euro-sceptic of the two newest EU states, according to a Euro-barometer survey released on Tuesday the 18th of December. Some 34 % percent of Latvians see their countries’ EU membership as a “good thing”, while only 42 % percent of Hungarians think that their country has generally benefited from EU membership, according to the latest Euro-barometer survey. The Benelux countries rank highest in support for EU membership. 82 % percent of Luxembourgers and 79 % percent of Belgians say membership has been a good thing.
Of the two newest member states, Bulgaria and Romania, the former appears to be the more euro-sceptic. After less than one year in the EU, only just over half (52 % percent) of Bulgarians approve of their country’s EU membership. This ranks Bulgaria among the top ten countries least satisfied with the EU together with the Latvians, Finland and Malta. Romanians seem to be more optimistic, with 72 percent expressing support for EU membership, while 68 percent think Romania has benefited from joining the EU. People in Ireland (87 percent), Poland (83 percent) and Lithuania (82 percent) are the most positive about the benefits of their countries’ accession to the EU. The Eurobarometer survey was carried out during November 2007 and some 30,000 people in all 27 member states were questioned.
2b) The question asked was: “Do You support Latvia’s EU membership?” Some 34,0 % percent of Latvians see their countries’ EU membership as a “good thing”, acording to EU Information Agency polls:
34 % answered “Yes”,
25,5 % answered “No”,
3) THE NEW EUROPEAN UNION = THE EMPIRE RETURNS!
Structurally and ideologically the EU has much in common with the old Soviet Union, as many observers have pointed out. Like the USSR, it is a creation of a power elite. The greatest question for the future is, “will the European Union be a responsible superpower?” There is a spirit of new European imperialism abroad, under the usual guise of love and compassion. Already the EU wants to expand into Northern Africa, supposedly for its “energy potential in solar and wind power.” There is a great amount of boastfulness among the elites, and a considerable amount of depression and pessimism among the people. As the new super-state comes into being, individual republics like Latvija and Estonia are yielding their national sovereignty to a new Über-nation, always under the guise of international law and the greater good. After seeing European behaviour in the past eight years we feel more cautious.
4) EU IS AN “EMPIRE,” ACCORDING TO THE COMMISSIONS LEADER!
Veering into uncharted naming territory after being asked on Tuesday (10 July) by a journalist what kind of a structure the European Union is, Mr Barroso said EU is an ‘empire!’ The EU is not just any old international organisation, but it might just be an “empire,” according to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso. “Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire,” he said. So, It’s good to know the truth finally slipped through.
Source: EU-Observer, 12th of July 2007.
5) IMPERIAL EUROPEAN SUPERSTATE!
The new treaty will be formally signed by European leaders on 13 December of this year and subsequently go for ratification in all member states with a view to coming into place by mid-2009, ahead of the next European elections. The treaty is specially designed to avoid procedures of referendum across Europe and so far, only Ireland is to submit the text to its citizens. Furthermore, ratification before the 2009 European elections would prevent citizens to express their disagreement with the text through the urns. EU-critical forces denounced the lack of democracy in the proposed treaty as well as in the efforts made to avoid referendums that could delay, one more time, the march for integration.
Jens-Peter Bonde of the IND/DEM group and prominent member of the EUDemocrats criticized the text and the way it had been drafted. “We have a text which is impossible to read. The EUDemocrats do condemn the proposed text as well for it doesn’t emanate from the people and confirms the growing gap between citizens and elite in Europe. For this reason we explicitly support the X09 referendum campaign. Our objective? Gather enough signatures in favour of popular consultation in all member states to give the people the right to chose for its future in a democratic way. On the other hand, Monica Frassoni of the Greens/EFA was also much more dubitative concerning the proposed text, calling the treaty “a government plot to go behind citizen’s backs”. The text is “user unfriendly and does not in any way involve citizens” Frassoni said.
6) HUNGARY’s ELITE IN HASTE!
The Renamed Constitutional Treaty of EU has been signed on December 13th 2007. In just four days Hungarian MPs have read it through, got acquainted with all hundreds of legal trickeries, hidden within and voted for a ratification, with a majority that resembled times when the country has been behind the so-called Iron Curtain. 325 votes were cast in favor, 005 votes were against and 014 abstained from this theatre. There has been no public debate, nor a referendum. However euro-sceptics deem the text to be largely the same as the constitution and want national votes, the Hungarian elite was making the move just days after the document was formally signed off by EU leaders.
7) SECRET DEMOSTRATION OF 200,000 IN LISBON!
Portuguese workers demonstrated during the EU summit in Lisbon for a social Europe and employment with rights. Last week during the EU summit, the Portuguese Union, CGTP-Intersindical, organised the biggest demonstration in Lisbon in 20 years. Two hundred thousand protesters, according to Portugal’s main trade union, have marched in Lisbon, against pan-European labour reforms. Under the slogan “For a social Europe – Employment with rights” up to 200,000 people gathered to oppose what they believe to be a “neo-liberal” EU reform treaty, which more or less equals the rejected EU constitution. The funny – or alarming – thing is the fact, that these 200,000 people managed to demonstrate almost unnoticed without being mentioned by the media.
So why is that?
EU propaganda: Instead of informing their readers of the demonstration of 200,000 in Lisbon the Austrian “Der Standard” preferred to report about a demonstration of 200 to 300 right-wing europhobe activists in Paris. Only a handful of loonies are fighting against this historical treaty. Don’t mention the 200,000!
Isn’t the message clear?
Just for fun: let’s get some figures to compare: In Germany there are roughly 350 articles available on the “Erfolg” (success) – meaning EU propaganda – in Lisbon. To be fair, we have to consider the question that the event might have not been communicated properly by its organisers. But there were hundreds of journalist sitting in the EU summit’s press centre. Normally this means “sit and wait”. Waiting for the press conferences of the presidency and the national briefings. Waiting for some insider information, from a high ranking civil servant, floating down from Olympus, to enlighten the masses. I am sure that many journalists are not happy with this situation. If they left the venue to report about a demonstration that takes place some kilometres away, they would risk missing a summit story. And apart from that, their editors do not seem to be interested in the story at all. “So, the sad news is, that if the things do not turn out violent at the demonstration, there are no reports,” a journalist familiar with EU summits told me.
Now my personal research showed that obviously even journalists who were willing to write about this demonstration just did not know about it. This seems strange in a digitalised world with all its electronic possibilities of communication. For me this underlines my thesis on the “success” of this summit: As usual the Heads of States and Governments congratulated themselves after they agreed on the re-labelled EU Constitution. They boasted that they have managed to get over an institutional crisis. But in fact they just increased the EU’s democratic crisis by completely avoiding the citizens. And obviously you should not count too much on the mainstream media, to do anything about it.
Special counsel to the Portuguese government, Henri Monceau, from think tank ‘Our Europe’ talks about the new realities: “Europeans are anxious to retire with more than the state guarantees, by investing in private pension funds. They understand they have to make sacrifices. They understand this means putting off the retirement age, either establishing a legal cut-off or through alternative incentive measures.”
Special counsel to the Portuguese government Maria Joao Rodrigues describes the ambitions, embodied in so-called “flexicurity”: “The big gamble we’re going to make, is to create jobs in new sectors. Simultaneously, it is to prepare people. This is the initiative ‘new competences for new jobs.’ “Flexicurity is a policy that makes hiring and firing easier while guaranteeing retraining and generous benefits during the transition from one job to another.
A broad flexicurity agreement has been reached between the European Trade Union Confederation and Business-Europe, representing employers in the bloc. Two hundred thousand protesters, according to Portugal’s main trade union, have marched in Lisbon, against pan-European labour reforms.
8) RALLY TO REMIND THE “Non” & “Nee” IN THE FRENCH & DUTCH REFERENDUM, ON MAY 29!
Paul Marie Coûteaux French Ind/Dem MEP and the “comité national Non c’est Non”, call for a second public gathering, intended to launch a popular campaign pointing out the victory of No in the May 29th referendum. The gathering will take place in the Irish capital of Dublin, at 6 p.m. on Friday May 23rd, 2008, and the report about an event that 200,000 EU citizens were engaged in.
Irish Referendum Campaign Calendar (IRC):
Friday 23. May:
Wednesday 6. August:
“Nordic Congress” opens,
Monday 11. August:
“Nordic Congress” ends,
Fri 5. September:
NB! “Juni-mötet 2008” borde genomförast i Sverige, mällan Fredag
den 13. och Söndag den 15. Juni 2008!
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