Insight No. 100: “Your Opinion – Your Vote.” +++ European Elections 23rd – 26th May 2019 +++ Europe Matters!

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Left vs Right ….is there any centre left?

I am sure, all of you have got an opinion.

Thus, please participate in the European elections 2019.

These EU elections (23rd – 26th May 2019; in Germany: 26th May 2019) will set the course for the future of European nations and the European Union.

Basic decisions will be made in the following 5 years…
Considering the dispute about the future scope of cooperation within the EU covering topics like: trade & customs union, freedom of movement, inclusion in terms of common social standards & workers rights, joint foreign policy, harmonized asylum / migration policy, EU armed forces, tax law, joint R&D and digital transformation, climate change issues, further EU East expansion etc., everybody should participate. Europe matters.

Of course, the EU needs to be reformed asap. Do you really want stakeholders to do it, you cannot support?

Even in the event that you want an EU exit, you have to vote. Fastest way to destroy the EU is to foster a Dexit, by the way. Maybe, a complete liquidation of the EU will provide the opportunity to create a better EU version, who knows? Okay, I do not want to become polemic and speculative. Whatever you prefer, vote!

Facing growing extremism, nationalism and emotional tensions between EU-hostile right-wing and left-wing parties like a “tug of war” across Europe, everybody has to show his/her colors in my view.
Otherwise, non-voters should be silent and should not complain anymore.

Sorry, I couldn`t resist….
A good sense of humor is the superior stress management tool….let`s love & hate each other passionately.

Poem No. 14: “See It Through” By Edgar Guest

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When you’re up against a trouble, 
Meet it squarely, face to face; 
Lift your chin and set your shoulders, 
Plant your feet and take a brace. 

When it’s vain to try to dodge it, 
Do the best that you can do; 
You may fail, but you may conquer, 
See it through! 

Black may be the clouds about you 
And your future may seem grim, 
But don’t let your nerve desert you; 
Keep yourself in fighting trim. 

If the worst is bound to happen, 
Spite of all that you can do, 
Running from it will not save you, 
See it through! 

Even hope may seem but futile, 
When with troubles you’re beset, 
But remember you are facing 
Just what other men have met. 

You may fail, but fall still fighting; 
Don’t give up, whate’er you do; 
Eyes front, head high to the finish. 
See it through!

Poem No. 6: “When a Woman Loves a Man” by David Lehman (1948)

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When she says margarita she means daiquiri.
When she says quixotic she means mercurial.
And when she says, “I’ll never speak to you again,"
she means, “Put your arms around me from behind
as I stand disconsolate at the window.”

He’s supposed to know that.

When a man loves a woman he is in New York and she is in
     Virginia
or he is in Boston, writing, and she is in New York, reading,
or she is wearing a sweater and sunglasses in Balboa Park and he
     is raking leaves in Ithaca
or he is driving to East Hampton and she is standing disconsolate
at the window overlooking the bay
where a regatta of many-colored sails is going on
while he is stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway.
When a woman loves a man it is one ten in the morning
she is asleep he is watching the ball scores and eating pretzels
drinking lemonade
and two hours later he wakes up and staggers into bed
where she remains asleep and very warm.
When she says tomorrow she means in three or four weeks.
When she says, “We’re talking about me now,"
he stops talking. Her best friend comes over and says,
“Did somebody die?”
When a woman loves a man, they have gone
to swim naked in the stream
on a glorious July day
with the sound of the waterfall like a chuckle
of water rushing over smooth rocks,
and there is nothing alien in the universe.
Ripe apples fall about them.
What else can they do but eat?
When he says, “Ours is a transitional era,"
“that’s very original of you," she replies,
dry as the martini he is sipping.
They fight all the time
It’s fun
What do I owe you?
Let’s start with an apology
Ok, I’m sorry, you dickhead.
A sign is held up saying “Laughter.”
It’s a silent picture.
“I’ve been fucked without a kiss," she says,
“and you can quote me on that,"
which sounds great in an English accent.
One year they broke up seven times and threatened to do it
     another nine times.
When a woman loves a man, she wants him to meet her at the
     airport in a foreign country with a jeep.
When a man loves a woman he’s there. He doesn’t complain that
     she’s two hours late
and there’s nothing in the refrigerator.
When a woman loves a man, she wants to stay awake.
She’s like a child crying
at nightfall because she didn’t want the day to end.
When a man loves a woman, he watches her sleep, thinking:
as midnight to the moon is sleep to the beloved.
A thousand fireflies wink at him.
The frogs sound like the string section
of the orchestra warming up.
The stars dangle down like earrings the shape of grapes.

Insight No. 58: From Vandalism via Arts to Political Statement – Graffiti in Italy

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Graffiti has been known in Italy since the ancient Romans, who decorated the walls of Pompeii and the catacomb with declarations of love, curses and magic spells. In fact the word ‘Graffiti’ derives from the Italian word ‘graffiare’ meaning to scratch something into a surface, and people in Italy still write their passions on the walls.

Though lately – it seems to me – subject matters have changed from ‘Ti amo’ and ‘Forza La Juve’ to political statements. Could be, that  graffiti in Italy has gone from personal to political in order to reflect the current economic crisis and migrants crisis.

Poem No. 46: “For You My Love” by Jaques Prevert

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For You My Love

I went to the market, where they sell birds
and I bought some birds
for you
my love
I went to the market, where they sell flowers
and I bought some flowers
for you
my love
I went to the market, where they sell chains
and I bought some chains
heavy chains
for you
my love
And then I went to the slave market
and I looked for you
but I did not find you there 
my love

Poem No. 149: “Time Traveling Mind – zeitreisender Geist” by Dave Alan Walker (Engl. / Deut.)

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Shape shifting images
of a time traveling mind
flying through the sky
in the blink of an eye

Not knowing
the year or the time
as I travel through
the centuries of my mind

One day I will find
peace of mind 

Translation:

Formwandelnde Bilder
eines zeitreisenden Geistes
fliegend durch den Himmel
in einem Wimpernschlag

Nicht wissend
das Jahr oder die Uhrzeit
reise ich durch
die Jahrhunderte meines Geistes.

Eines Tages werde ich
meinen inneren Frieden finden.

Shared No. 124: “Zitat des Woche: Stéphane Hessel – “Quotation of The Day” — by Hildegard (Attitudeblog)

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Let`s go! Play up!

„Ohne mich“ ist das Schlimmste, was man sich und der Welt antun kann. Den „Ohne mich“-Typen ist eines der absolut konstitutiven Merkmale des Menschen abhandengekommen: die Fähigkeit zur Empörung und damit zum Engagement.“

“Without Me” is the worst, you can do to the world. The “Without Me”-People went one elementary characteristic of humans missing: The capability of revolt / outrage and therefore engagement.”

Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013)

Insight No. 98: “What does the EU cost?” – A German View (incl. link to an EU statistical tool that shows the cost/benefit ratio for each EU member state)

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Germany transfers € 2 billion each month to the European Union…these monthly rates make up € 24 billions per annum (2015).

Germany contributes about 17-18% of the total EU budget – as long as the BREXIT is not implemented. This is the biggest share paid by one EU member state.

Germany belongs to the EU members who are so called “net payers” (Nettozahler), which means that Germany contributes more money to the EU budget than it it gets finally back as financial aids & investments. In contrast to UK – another net payer who enjoys a 66% rebate, Germany doesn`t get any automatic refunding or discount.

Germany is by far the most generous net payer followed by UK and with a huge gap: France and the Netherlands.

In 2015, Germany received in total € 11 bn as financial support – including € 6 bn for agriculture & environment and € 4,6 bn to fund economy and R&D projects.

In 2017, Germany received with € 10,93 bn less EU funding. 56% of the EU money was spent on agriculture & environment, 19% on regional policy (in contrast to other EU countries that spend in avg 27% on regional development) and 22% on R&D. (source: the European parliament, budget at a glance website)

The membership fees are based on the GDP of each EU member state. Considering the fact that Germany is the European powerhouse and still performs quite well the GDP-based ranking of the biggest spenders looks different. The order of the ranking changes as follows: The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and finally UK.

The EU members who take the biggest benefit of the EU funding (and EU-funded FDIs of Western corporations looking for cheap labor & low taxes, freedom of movement in terms of economic migrants) are Poland and Hungary, followed by the other Eastern European states.

In 2017, Poland paid € 3,05 bn and received € 11,92 bn funding. Hungary paid € 820,82 mio. only but received € 4,08 billion EU money. Considering this balance, it is in my view annoying that receiver countries like Poland & Hungary are not willing to share the burdens of the EU membership (e.g. migration issue) and seem not to share its underlying basic values & targets. My suspicion is that there are EU member states who regard the EU just as a cash dispenser, free labor market and a trade union….and / or a primary stage and candidacy for joining the NATO because of geo-strategically reasons.

Frankly speaking, I wonder why Germany shall continue to pay for the EU states without any own ROI – in the event that the EU is not able to jointly develop and agree on policies and therefore create an European block with greater negotiation power and more autonomy in terms of economy, R&D, defense etc..

Please, visit this EU website, where you`ll find an interactive, very interesting tool with financial statistics about each EU member state – EU Budget At A Glance

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/external/html/budgetataglance/default_de.html

Admittedly, the movie below is not unbiased. It tries to explain the German viewer that the EU membership is a bargain – it just depends on the carefully selection of parameters to create a statistic / ranking…. Well, I`ve learnt not to trust any statistic that I didn`t falsify by myself…😉

Furthermore, all these statistics doesn´t include the cost the German tax payer has to bear due to the huge influx of EU migrants into our social-, welfare-, social housing, education- and health systems that are originally based on an insurance business model. Only people who have frequently paid in the insurance budget have the right to get support…well… This issue is a total taboo topic in Germany and not discussed, despite of single minor issues like the payment of children support to migrants from EU member states. My suspicion is that these migration cost are higher than e.g. the cost for supporting asylum seekers from 3rd countries.

Another cost driver is the fact that many German companies invest in Eastern European EU countries to receive funding from the EU and take benefit of low cost labor, no workers or citizen rights and less industry regulation. Therefore, existing and new jobs are relocated to Eastern Europe and get lost in Germany. The German employees have to train the Eastern Europeans and are made redundant…or they have to work with old, run-down machines while modernized facilities are set up in Eastern Europe. From my experience Hungary and Poland are the preferred locations for FDIs of German companies.

In my view, today trade/economy, R&D, social & legal affairs and foreign policies cannot separated from each other anymore. All or nothing!…at least step by step. Otherwise the EU in its current form is the worst investment ever for the German tax payer.

However, nevertheless – although they are not complete – facts & figures are interesting. It is up to each individual to do her/his own cost-benefit assessment in regard to his own country`s EU membership.

These are screenshots of the above-mentioned tool…example: Germany