Flora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss.Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self.
Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the “Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France. Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014.
With Trump and the Brexit, Mussolini – who invented the idea of corporatism (the political leadership of global corporations that replace nations) – finally won the WWII.
tax cuts, in particular in favor of the wallstreet, real estate owners / developers
privatisation of public assets (like social housing in Germany) and services (like the major sponsor of Nigel Farage – Aaron Banks – is planning for the NHS)
deregulation with a special emphasis on the financial sector and the reduction of workers rights, environmental protection, consumer protection etc.
control of the media landscape that is owned by a small group of HNWIs anyway to gain information dominance
undermining of the jurisdiction and the independence of the courts
government orders for a small group of stakeholders
reduction of social services & welfare
Promotion of separatism to prevent the establishment of competitive stakeholder groups like unions, peoples parties etc.
…these are the essentials of Mussolini`s corporatism. Do you experience a Déjà-vu? Good.
What are corporations doing with tax cuts? They are buying back their own stock with the result of rising share prices and therefore increasing boni in favor of the top management. They are “harvesting themselves” instead of creating jobs, as promised by Trump.
Politics is abused to manipulate people to vote their own interests, to not vote or to incapacitate people (e.g. people in jail).
Thanks to lobbyism (= institutionalized corruption), campaign financing, placing lobbyists in critical infrastructures (public admin, media, schools & universities, church etc.) and blackmailing governments by threatening to relocate jobs abroad or by forecasting another financial crisis (cit: banks “too big to fail”), society and democracy erodes.
To get and keep people under control, education, health care and job safety is reduced. Senseless consumption is promoted and cheap credits are sold that lead to debts, the people are struggling to pay back.
Solidarity is killed by creating scapegoats (like migrants), fueling discrimination among minorities and war on labor unions. People are lied about liberal ideas like socialism by telling fake stories. No socialism doesn`t equal communism or dictatorship but free health care, education, workers rights, welfare and equal opportunities. It is the essence of the American Dream, you can live only in Western Europe nowadays.
Thanks to the decreasing tax income, the people cannot be supported by the government anymore. In fact, the corporation harvest the society without paying their fair tax share.
People disparately are looking for a strong leader who provides them with hope for a change to a better life. Authoritarian populists are on the rise.
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.
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…
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
Written by Bartosz Kowalski. Prior to the upcoming EU-China summit in Brussels, the attention of observers has primarily been caught by the official inclusion of Italy in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The signing of the BRI MoU in Rome took place despite the dissatisfaction expressed by the European Commission (EC) regarding China’s trade…
„Das ist bitter, zu erkennen. Ich weiß es seit 1929 – da habe ich eine Vortragsreise gemacht und „unsere Leute“ von Angesicht zu Angesicht gesehen, vor dem Podium, Gegner und Anhänger, und da habe ich es begriffen, und von da an bin ich immer stiller geworden. Mein Leben ist mir zu kostbar, mich unter einen Apfelbaum zu stellen und ihn zu bitten, Birnen zu produzieren. Ich nicht mehr. Ich habe mit diesem Land, dessen Sprache ich so wenig wie möglich spreche, nichts mehr zu schaffen. Möge es verrecken – möge Rußland es erobern – ich bin damit fertig.“
So in 1935 Kurt Tucholsky, ein linker Demokrat, Sozialist, Pazifist und Antimilitarist an den Schriftsteller Arnold Zweig.
Yes, there seems to be a vandalism problem in BUdapest. Actually, you can find ugly tags everywhere. But Budapest gives home to a vibrant street art community as well. From old-school graffiti, 3D tags to impressive monumental wall painting, you can find all kinds of styles in Budapest. The city tried to respond to the growing popularity of urban arts by offering 4 – 6 public walls for street arts.
In the meantime, a couple of artist gained international reputation. For instance Saatchi Art is offering Hungarian graffiti master pieces (paintings) from time to time.
As you might have already noticed, I have published various graffiti posts about specific countries and German cities (e.g. from Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Hamburg, Berlin etc.) . Each time I tried to identify location-specific characteristic of the urban art.
But to be honest, I never came to any clear conclusion…except of the choice of motifs. The graffiti in Argentina and Greece are extraordinary strong because many of them had uptodate politcal messages. In general, I got the impression that street arts is very individualistc. It is about developing a personal signature style….and graffiti is less influenced by local culture and traditions.
Well, I am no insider. So, if you like to share your opinion, please feel free to comment.