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Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda chief, once said : ‘In 50 years’ time nobody will think of nation states.’
NB: Updated on 4/26/2013.
Meanwhile a very real erosion of national sovereignty and personal liberty is taking place under our noses in Europe. In Europe, the nation-state is being forced into obsolescence, and there is little discussion of this staggering development.
Instead, we are hearing about the Boston bombing, gay marriage, the sequester, Korea and the “usual suspects,” the Kardashian family and the other denizens of the Tabloid Empire.
With the citizens of Greece having had the neo-fascist LAOS party  installed by fiat, courtesy of the “troika,” and with the German government having reviewed the Irish budget  BEFORE that country’s parliament had seen it, fundamental incursions on sovereignty are becoming routine with relatively little notice. (Photo credit at right: TattooArtists.org.)
Angela Merkel has formally stated that EU members must surrender sovereignty on fiscal matters. Quietly, the EU is turning to controlling media, while Europol, its police force, has successfully taken a number of steps that many would see as intrusive, with little or no real application to law enforcement.
We find the media component of the EU’s regulatory machinery to be particularly ominous. Note the recent New York Times story below, the latest in a series of articles that have surfaced about how desperate things have gotten in Greece.
Der Spiegel recently floated a disinformation piece about Germans being poorer than the citizens of southern Europe. In the future, might we see stories like the Times piece censored, because such things are deemed to be “bad” for austerity.
There has been much talk of the curtailing of privacy and civil liberties in the wake of 9/11. Sovereign nations can–theoretically–reverse course at any time and implement legislative and executive initiatives to correct imbalances of any kind.
How would one go about correcting the imposition of anti-democratic institutions by foreign nations?
Americans should be aware of the possibilities here. Could a future trade pact between Europe and the U.S. rope America into the German straight jacket?
Oh, and why DID Germany just move its gold bullion reserves out of American and British vaults? What do they have in mind?
EXCERPT: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that euro zone members must be prepared to cede control over certain policy domains to European institutions if the bloc is truly to overcome its debt crisis and win back foreign investors.
Speaking at an event hosted by Deutsche Bank in Berlin alongside Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Merkel also defended her approach to the crisis against critics who argue she has put too much emphasis on austerity, saying Europe must find a way to deliver both growth and solid finances.
The comments came two months before European leaders are due to gather in Brussels to discuss moving towards a so-called “fiscal union.
Expectations are low, in part because an easing of the crisis has reduced pressure on leaders to produce a big leap forward in integration, but also due to differences between Germany and its partners, notably France, over the next steps.
“We seem to find common solutions when we are staring over the abyss,” Merkel said. “But as soon as the pressure eases, people say they want to go their own way.
“We need to be ready to accept that Europe has the last word in certain areas. Otherwise we won’t be able to continue to build Europe,” she added.
Tusk said it would be “dangerous” if other countries in Europe felt Germany was imposing its own economic model across the entire bloc. . . .
EXCERPT: Europol can access personal information on anyone – including their political opinions and sexual preferences – if it suspects, rightly or wrongly, that they may be involved in any “preparatory act” which could lead to criminal activity.
The vagueness of the Hague-based force’s remit sparked furious protests yesterday with critics warning that the EU snoopers threaten our right to free speech. . . .
. . . . Until January 1, Europol was a police office funded by various states to help tackle international organised crime. But it has been reborn as the official criminal intelligence-gathering arm of the EU and Brussels has vastly increased its powers.
It can now target more than simply organised crime and the burden of proof required to begin monitoring an individual has been downgraded.
Europol has also been absorbed into the EU superstructure, so it will be centrally funded, sweeping away a key check on its independence.
Campaigners last night expressed concern over the vague list of “serious crimes” which the agency can help investigate, which include racism and xenophobia, environmental crime and corruption. Among personal details that can be gathered and stored are “behavioural data” including “lifestyle and routine; movements; places frequented”, tax position and profiles of DNA and voice.
Where relevant, Europol will also be able to keep data on a person’s “political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs or trade union membership and data concerning health or sex life”.
Sean Gabb, director of the Libertarian Alliance, warned that it threatened our right to free speech.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Europol has been handed these rather frightening powers,” he said. “We now live in a pan-European state so it was to be expected that it would have a federal police force with powers over us.
“There is a real danger that opposition to EU policies could make an individual liable to arrest. . . .
EXCERPT: Brussels is pumping millions of pounds of public money into groups dedicated to stifling a free Press, it emerged yesterday.
The European Commission is helping to fund groups seeking state-backed regulation of newspapers, including key allies of Hugh Grant’s Hacked Off campaign.
One – called Mediadem – has a mission statement to ‘reclaim a free and independent media’ and is demanding tougher sanctions than ‘an apology or correction’.
The EU has spent £2.3million on the previously unpublicised project.
The commission says it wants to be a ‘moral compass’ against press misconduct and is seeking new national and Europe-wide regulatory powers against newspapers.
But critics say it is only taking such a stance because of the unfavourable coverage that European institutions get in the Press.
Philip Davies, a Tory member of the Culture Select Committee, said: ‘Given the scandals in the EU and revelations of its misappropriation of funding, it is no surprise that Europe wants to restrict the free press which can uncover its corruption. . . .
EXCERPT: Auditors have refused to sign off on EU accounts for 18 years in a row, and EU officials have been sacked for exposing corruption and fraud within the vast bureaucracy.
The European Union (EU) is pouring millions of pounds into organizations that advocate state control of the press. For many, the funding — uncovered recently by Telegraph journalist Andrew Gilligan — is yet further evidence of the EU’s increasingly Orwellian, authoritarian nature. . . .
. . . . One recipient of European taxpayers’ money, Mediadem, for example, has been given 2.3 million pounds. Mediadem describes its mission as working to “reclaim a free and independent media.” Addressing the topical issue of how to restructure the system of redress for those wrongfully accused or defamed by newspapers, Mediadem recommends the “imposition of sanctions beyond an apology or correction” and the “co-ordination of the journalistic profession at the European level.”
Mediadem’s representative, Dr Craufurd Smith, has written, “Liberal conceptions of media freedom focus on editorial freedom for government interference.... [however] states may also be required to take positive measures to curtail the influence of powerful economic or political groups.... this entails that neither the media, nor those individuals who own or work for the media, enjoy an absolute right to freedom of expression.”
This is not the first time the EU has sought to control freedom of expression. In 2001, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU was allowed to suppress political criticism of its institutions and of leading figures. The court ruled that the EU was lawfully allowed to punish individuals who “damaged the institution’s image and reputation.”
The European Court of Justice is the EU’s highest court. Its advocate general, Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, had previously argued that a book criticizing EU financial policy was akin to extreme blasphemy, and thus not protected by free speech laws.
The attack against freedom of expression has extended to economic information. In 2011, an EU official proposed a ban on the issuing of sovereign credit ratings for countries in bailout talks. Michel Barnier, a European internal market commissioner, said, “I think it’s legitimate to have a special treatment when a country is in negotiation or is covered by an international solidarity program with the IMF or a European solidarity”.
EXCERPT: Angela Merkel has come under intense pressure ahead of September’s election over a study that shows Germans are poorer than the southern Europeans bailed out in large part by the German taxpayer.
The study, by the European Central Bank (ECB), revealed that the average German household is poorer than those in countries such as Cyprus, Spain and Greece.
A German household, according to the ECB research, has assets of €195,000 (£167,000). That figure is more than three times higher in Cyprus, the latest eurozone country to receive a bailout, where the average net wealth of households amounts to €671,000 (£575,000).
The news prompted a backlash in the German press. The bestselling tabloid Bild ran a series of articles with headlines such as “Bankrupt Cypriots earn more than Germans!”. . . .
EXCERPT: As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old boy, Pantelis Petrakis, bent over with hunger pains.
“He had eaten almost nothing at home,” Mr. Nikas said, sitting in his cramped school office near the port of Piraeus, a working-class suburb of Athens, as the sound of a jump rope skittered across the playground. He confronted Pantelis’s parents, who were ashamed and embarrassed but admitted that they had not been able to find work for months. Their savings were gone, and they were living on rations of pasta and ketchup.
“Not in my wildest dreams would I expect to see the situation we are in,” Mr. Nikas said. “We have reached a point where children in Greece are coming to school hungry. Today, families have difficulties not only of employment, but of survival.”
The Greek economy is in free fall, having shrunk by 20 percent in the past five years. The unemployment rate is more than 27 percent, the highest in Europe, and 6 of 10 job seekers say they have not worked in more than a year. Those dry statistics are reshaping the lives of Greek families with children, more of whom are arriving at schools hungry or underfed, even malnourished, according to private groups and the government itself.
Last year, an estimated 10 percent of Greek elementary and middle school students suffered from what public health professionals call “food insecurity,” meaning they faced hunger or the risk of it, said Dr. Athena Linos, a professor at the University of Athens Medical School who also heads a food assistance program at Prolepsis, a nongovernmental public health group that has studied the situation. “When it comes to food insecurity, Greece has now fallen to the level of some African countries,” she said. . . .