|Tuesday, 2 September 2003||
The previous period has been a very tumultuous one in Europe and likewise in the Netherlands. We have experienced the passing of the Treaty of Nice, with all the misery it contains. A lot of Europeans and especially the inhabitants of smaller countries, like the Netherlands, do not realise that this treaty will inaugurate the end of national sovereignty. Instead of having the discussion about the deprivation of this sovereignty, politicians have downplayed everything by mentioning the necessity of adding other (East-European) countries. It was put in such a manner that whoever was against the treaty, was against the membership of these countries, which appeared to be a strong case of Machiavellianism. It was also stated that whoever sided against the enlargement of the EU was against Europe itself. This Goebbelsian rhetoric was used multiple times in a form of mantra against the opponents of this awful diktat.
With this treaty, alias diktat, a start is made in order to downsize the involvement of the smaller countries via a euphemism called “European Democracy”. What is meant by this? First of all it means that all the important decisions will be made by the European Parliament and exercised by the unelected European Commission, hence implying that in the near future laws and projects will emerge, which will inevitably contravene the interests of smaller nations such as the Netherlands. The two largest countries France and Germany, at times supported by Great Britain, will implement their long planned policy of further “collective” integration. Instead of unanimity the EU can be ruled by a slim majority. Both Mediterranean and East-European nations can be bribed with promises in agricultural and industrial areas or by downright financial backing as long as they will support the unholy plans of the large EU states. It is essential to realise why such a speedy effort was being made in view of facilitating the entrance of the poorer East-European nations in a very short time.
In contrast to what is being claimed, Dutch pensions will not be safe at all. Unlike most other countries, the Netherlands have a capitalised pension system, while other countries apart from Britain have a state financed pension system, which means the actual benefits come from tax payer premiums. Due to the ageing of the population very few European countries can sustain this luxurious pension system. With the aid of the Esperanto currency (the Euro) these heavily burdened countries can cover their excessive obligations by monetising all their debts, i.e. by simply printing enormous amounts of additional Euros assisted by a pliant European Commission and Parliament. The European Central Bank (ECB) has little or no power to stop this, for the bank presidency is a political nomination. To add weight to this assessment, a poignant remark was made by the present commission chairman Mr. Romano Prodi, who stated that he found the stability pact “stupid”, indicating a serious state of affairs for the foreseeable future. Britain has seen these problems evolve at a very early stage, thus explaining their hostile reaction to the Euro currency. Unfortunately Dutch politicians have the slavish inclination of behaving as “good” Europeans, as is shown when one looks at the downright panic and fear of our prime minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, when confronted with any opposition to the EU and the response from Brussels.
Over the last decades, we have seen the development of the EU from a free trade pact to an aspirant dictatorial super state. Slowly but surely all our laws will be dictated by the European Union, at this moment already accumulating to 70%. We are voting for a national parliament, but in effect this is a fake parliament, because all the important decisions are made in Brussels. From the size of bananas to the number of Muslims we have to accept as part of the European asylum laws. A Euro-army is being formed in order to take over the tasks of Nato in Macedonia and Bosnia. Adolf Hitler has never fully managed to subjugate the Yugoslavs, but the EU has finally managed that feat, thus introducing its first colonial mandate. When other European countries will resurrect against the Euro-super state, this army can be used to quell any insurrection with this future wretched nation undoubtedly awaiting the same fate as Yugoslavia. Haven’t we seen this before? The most stunning however is the fact that in most EU countries there is little to no support for this terrible institution. In Holland only 25% of voters bother to go to the polling booths. Recently in Yugoslavia the presidential elections were declared null and void, due to the lower than 50% voter turnout, thus showing the EU “democracy” is being built on shaky and unsound foundations, without any popular support.
Furthermore, we are pressured to allow Turkey to join the European Union by a number of governments, amongst who is the Bush administration in the US. The question is what form of power this administration has, meddling about the affairs of Europe, for I thought Bush was only president of the United States. The Turks think they are part of Europe, because 5% of their country is in this continent, 95% is in Asia. When one follows this kind of reasoning, then a country like Spain ought to be a member of Organisation of African Union (OAU), for Spain owns Ceuta, Mililla and the Canary Islands all situated in Africa. Apart from bordering dubious and unstable countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, one needs to ask the question whether Turkey is part of the European culture. Looking at their bloody and suppressive Ottoman history, the answer is a definite: no! It would be very much appreciated if the European leaders acknowledged that Turkey is an Islamic state (99% is Muslim), and does not belong in the secular west. A further clear indication of this is the recent election victory of an Islamic party. It will be a nightmare to open the door to 65 million Muslims, while shutting the same door to Byello Russia, Ukraine and Russia itself. Instead of having a moderating influence on Islamic Turkey, Turkey will become the advent of further Islamisation of secular Europe. The weight of this country in Europe will be tremendous, because it will become the second largest member within the EU.
We also know about the enormous waste, nepotism and corruption endemic in European Union institutions thanks to Paul van Buitenen and Bernard Connoly. Both men are penalised heavily for their openness in exposing the EU state of affairs. Paul van Buitenen was suspended and has his career terminated, Bernard Connolly has been convicted of blasphemy by the European Court. A remarkable detail is that this court was never founded for this purpose; it would only be used in mediation of trade differences between EU members. Institutions are thus abused easily in order to achieve a particular agenda. The treatment of both men will have a precedent and serves as a reminder to other “whistle blowers” to keep their mouths shut.
To conclude in view of these problems I would propose to the politicians to initiate the first steps toward secession from this increasingly dictatorial European super state. The argument of not having influence in decision making anymore is easily allayed by acknowledging there is little or no influence at the moment. The Netherlands and other small nations were effectively sidelined, because it is more than clear to everyone willing to hear, that the EU has become an intimate Franco-German pact deciding the future of the EU. Last year The Netherlands was excluded from the European interest committee, which was the prime reason to join the Euro, because it wanted a say in the ECB affairs.
As the former opposition leader of the British conservatives said earlier: “We are in Europe, but we don’t want to be run by Europe”. In view of this statement it would be an opportune moment to review our membership of the European Union. These are the options which we can choose:
1. Full sovereignty, which implies that The Netherlands can follow its own economic policy and make its ow
n laws and have a complete independence for Dutch affairs. The free trading pact can continue, which could be supported by multilateral treaties with other European countries. It will not obstruct collaboration and cooperation in the area of the fight against international crime and terrorism.
2. Application for membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which contain at the moment three other countries, i.e. Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. This means that we can remain a member of the European Economic Space, so the free trade agreements will automatically continue.
In both cases we will have to leave the Euro-pact and reintroduce the guilder again. The savings involved will be 2-2.5 billion Euros in the first year, increasing to 3.5 billion Euros in savings for the years thereafter. These savings are the costs we have to pay now to European dictatorship. In effect we pay for our own suppression in the same way as the East-Germans paid the Soviet Union for the stationing of 300,000 Soviet occupying troops.
By Albert Spits
Albert Spits is a board member of the Frédéric Bastiat Foundation.