The State of the Union II

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels.

The State of the Union II


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Tomorrow, my President will speak to me, to another half a billion Europeans and to the world. My President is Jean Claude Juncker and I am happy for this because he is the free choice of most Europeans. As I am one of his subjects, before he talks I am telling him, freely and loudly, what would please me and many others to hear. After all, he is my President, not my boss. He got my trust, now he must deliver because I want him to be re-elected.

Everything goes back to 1957 when the free people of Europe established what was transformed into today’s European Union, now under his presidency. The reasons the Union was established, were simple and reflected the hopes and the dreams of all free Europeans. Peace, freedom, security and prosperity.

Peace

Yes, the Treaty of Rome secured peace for France and Germany for 60 years now, the longest peace period along that border, ever. Yet only 20 years ago, Serbia, the central place of the “soft underbelly of Europe” was bombed by Nato (that includes us) with Depleted Uranium Ordinance thus contaminating with radioactivity the entire Western Balkan region.

So, I am expecting my President to tell me now, that the United Kingdom is not part of our Union anymore, when and how we will eventually have our own common foreign and defence policy. In this context, I would like to hear what my President has in mind to get the EU actively involved in the world geopolitical making, at once.

The EU must have a stance over the rising North Korean crisis. All what I hear about from my Brussels “systemic” friends is that the “supreme leader” Kim Jong Un is a dangerous, crazy guy.

Dangerous yes, but not crazy. Indeed the “supreme leader,” after realising how Westerners (that includes us) are forcing selected rogue states to “democratise Kj  ”, developed his nuclear arsenal. The move was strategic and logical. After Lebanon, Ukraine, Libya, Iraq and Syria, North Korea is probably the next to be “democratised”.

Then, the “supreme leader” passed the message, “do not even think of touching me otherwise, no matter what may happen, I will erase South Korea, Japan and Guam from the map. This is not crazy, it is very serious talk. That is why Trump, Xi and Putin are all, in one way or another, talking to Un. My President is absent from that talk and this, I do not like. Juncker should be there, in the middle of this seemingly chaotic situation and should be the key mediator to put the chaos in order.

Another matter I would like to hear my President say is that he will work to bridge the gap between Brussels and Washington. The gap is big and it is widening. For years now, there is an ongoing Cold War between Washington and Berlin. This must stop and Juncker can convince Trump that it is a luxury for Europe and the US not to be together. Trump is intelligent and practical and is the right man to make deal with because he is a businessman. If he is intelligently approached he can understand much better than his administration that Germany cannot stop buying gas from Russia for several reasons. Then, as a good businessman, he will sit down with Berlin and Brussels to find a different way to address the Russian problem.

In this context, I would like also my president to say that he will revise the Treaty in terms of the chain of command over the European External Action Service. It was designed by the British, organised by the British and was created to serve the Foreign Office expediencies. Now that the Brits are on the way out, the senior British staff of EEAS will unhappily return home and it is quite time for our President to take control of EEAS. This will be the first step towards the establishment of a common policy in foreign affairs and defence.

Freedom

Today, we have no freedom. People cannot create and produce because everything is over-regulated. Total deregulation, not better regulation, is the reply. Give freedom to people, give freedom to ordinary citizens who have a small business about to close because they are over-regulated and cannot compete with big conglomerates. Give them the possibility to resurrect form their ashes. Bring taxation for all small companies with fewer than 10 employees and individuals to 10% (one time). And give them the opportunity to hire people, without any obligation, just give them the incentive to hire young people. And for every new employee hired, give the right to hire also an immigrant, legal or illegal makes no difference, with no obligations or restrictions. In one years’ time, the European economy will be booming, and the terrorist threats in Europe will be reduced.

Prosperity

It may only come with the combination of a generous deregulation and a relaxation of budgetary discipline. You may know that when a not-so-very intelligent farmer succeeded in teaching his donkey not to eat, the donkey died. Budgetary discipline is good for big conglomerates, but it is this policy which led to the continuing depletion of the middle class of Europe.

Therefore, along with deregulation I would like to hear my President telling me that Europe needs a little inflation to start the engine rolling. Not much, between 3 and 5% per year is enough. Of course, Mario Draghi will start screaming for his bank independence and the like. However, the European Central Bank has not the political legitimisation to decide for our pockets. My President and his College have.

Security

Finally, the matter of security is interdependent with prosperity. The immigrants flooding Europe is a reality we cannot negate and we cannot address it with totalitarian means. But we cannot disregard it either.

If we give jobs to immigrants instead of supporting them economically to do nothing, they will help to revitalise the European economy, they will become less dangerous to society and they will be easier to track. Of course, this is only one provision towards the diffusion of the terrorist threat looming over Europe. Yet, giving a job to the unemployed makes them feel part of the social structure and makes them feel proud because you make them feel responsible.

Epilogue

All in all, here is what I want my President to do for me.

As an average citizen, after a hard week, I want to be able to go Saturday morning to the Shopping Centre, without thinking if I will stay there for lunch or only for window shopping and without the fear that a Kalashnikov may start singing in the next corner.

Am I asking for too much?

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