Warmongers ready to chew what is left of social protection spending

European Parliament, 7th Parliamentary Term, Brussels. AFET, Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting and SEDE, Subcommittee on Security and Defence: Exchange of views with the minister of defence of Belgium (EP Audiovisual Services, 26/09/2013).

European Parliament, 7th Parliamentary Term, Brussels. AFET, Committee on Foreign Affairs and SEDE, Subcommittee on Security and Defence meeting : Exchange of views with the minister of defence of Belgium (EP Audiovisual Services, 26/09/2013).

Before the EU having even started a serious discussion about the historical issue of political unification or having decided to enact a European Banking Union containing some traces of risk sharing between the haves and have-nots, the forthcoming, “December EU summit must make clear that the European dimension is more relevant in defence and security than ever”. A Parliament Press release issued yesterday says that the “MEPs call for a change of mindset and a boost for European defence”. Of course, the first to profit from this ‘change of mindset’ will be the armament producing countries and companies and naturally, the cost will be shared by all, including the crisis hit countries of the South and the EU jobless millions.

It’s really deplorable to watch the defence and security lobby of Brussels, to have managed to upgrade this policy into the single item on the agenda of the next EU Summit. As if the ongoing bevy of the 28 EU leaders in Brussels having solved any economic and social problems, of the kind that torment the millions of the unemployed youths and the impoverished populations of the south European countries, the arm dealers ask for a bigger chunk.

Unfortunately it’s the MEPs

Unfortunately it’s the MEPs who now promote the idea of more spending on the ‘European defence’. According to this same Press release issued by the European Parliament AFET SEDE – Security and defence Committee, “The European Council meeting in December, the first to be devoted to security and defence since 2008, should take substantive decisions and be the starting point for ongoing discussion at the highest political level, rather than an isolated event”. This is what the MEPs stress in a resolution drafted by Maria Eleni Koppa (S&D, EL), offering recommendations for the next EU Summit.

This same Parliamentary Committee insists that the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) “must be better integrated into the EU’s comprehensive approach to its external policies and the potential of the tools of the Lisbon treaty”. As if it was difficult for everybody to understand that it’s a small group comprising core EU of countries and companies, which promotes the idea of more defence spending, the Press release informs us that “…entrusting a core group of countries with CSDP missions, must be unleashed, MEPs say. They also call for stronger cooperation between the EU and NATO through a complementary approach”.

This Parliament’s inducement for the EU to spend more on armaments surpasses the imagination. The relevant part of the Press release goes like this, “CSDP missions fall short of requirements, in terms of numbers, timeliness and staffing, some MEPs noted”. There is more however, “The EU needs to be able to make decisions more flexibly to avoid delayed responses in crisis scenarios. It also needs a permanent military operational headquarters and adequate early warning and intelligence support”. And they concluded “The summit should also address the issue of the EU battlegroups, which have still never been deployed”.

The target is obviously to widen the part of the EU budget which is actually devoted to the CSDP. As for which will be the enemies against whom the new generation of armaments is going to be used, the ‘close cooperation with NATO’ will provide many. It’s really a joke, to even discuss such ideas, at a time when the EU spends for every unemployed person of the Union seven to eight times less that the resources presently devoted to every European…cow. Consequently, after the cows, the soldiers would come and chew what is left for the jobless millions.

The citizens first

The whole idea is naturally wrapped in a box labelled with the indication, “the EU has to be able to provide security for its citizens”. Presumably, the impoverished taxpayers of the South need urgently more protection from some yet unknown enemies. But not to worry, soon NATO will single out the foes, lurking in the bushes of Africa or hidden in the steppes of central Asia.

For God’s name what else does the future hold for the embattled average European, with its leaders appearing ready to sacrifice his and hers wellbeing to feed the warmongers?

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Security Council should ‘nurture’ Colombian consensus against return to violence, top UN official urges

Annexing Jordan Valley would end ‘illusion’ of a meaningful two-State solution: UN rights expert

Why transparency in drug pricing is more complicated than it seems

EU tells Britain stay in as long as you wish

What does a good digital ID look like?

UN report sheds light on ‘unimaginable horrors’ faced by migrants and refugees in Libya, and beyond

Food choices today, impact health of both ‘people and planet’ tomorrow

Food safety: Enhancing consumer trust in EU risk assessment and authorisation

A hot autumn after a cool summer for Europe

More taxpayers’ money for the banks

Altruism can be good for business, as these companies show

E-Governance: A powerful tool to combat, mitigate and sustainably manage disaster risks

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows

The hidden downsides of autonomous vehicles – and how to avoid them

Big world banks to pay $ 4.95bn for cheating customers; Is it a punishment or a gentle caress?

Transparency and tech together can safeguard taxpayers’ money

Pervasive corruption costs $2.6 trillion; disproportionately affects ‘poor and vulnerable’ says UN chief

In Tanzania visit, UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns

New forms of work: deal on measures boosting workers’ rights

Chart of the day: Why marine protected sites matter more than ever

D-Day for Grexit is today and not Friday; Super Mario is likely to kill the Greek banks still today

Discussion at Europe House: Brexit & Food

Real EU unemployment rate at 10.2%+4.1%+4.7%: Eurostat Update

Ten years on, crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; UN and humanitarian partners urge support for millions still affected

Main results of European Council of 18/10/2018

Armenia should take vigorous measures against entrenched corruption

UN Children’s Fund chief condemns ‘horrific’ Kabul bomb attack

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

Electronic cigarette: a still controversial qualitative imbalance

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention

Will AI make the gender gap in the workplace harder to close?

Is ECB helping Germany to buy cheaply the rest of Europe?

Medical students: The need for emigration

Yemen: Security Council backs new mission in support of key port city truce

MWC 2016 LIVE: T-Mobile US reveals 5G trial plans

EU imposes provisional anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels

US-China trade war at point of no return: Washington’s demands go beyond tariffs

Recognize, celebrate and ‘stand in solidarity’ with persons with albinism

Mergers: Commission clears E.ON’s acquisition of Innogy, subject to conditions

These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

MEPs and European Youth Forum call on EU to Invest in Youth

European Youth Forum warns of a Peter Pan generation as a result of financial crisis and response to it

UN chief condemns attack targeting international forces in northern Mali

The link between migration and technology is not what you think

No barriers to free flow of non-personal data in the EU

Eurozone: Statistics don’t tell the whole story

‘€1 million’ fines for rescue boats prompts UN concern for future sea operations

Emergency meeting called as Ebola spreads to Congolese city – UN health agency

How tech companies compare at protecting your digital rights

ILO discusses world of work response to global refugee crisis

“BRI cooperation is entering a new stage: we need a new and more constructive approach rather than waste time on suspicion”, China’s Ambassador to EU Zhang Ming underlines live from European Business Summit 2019 in Brussels

This city is planting a tree for every man, woman and child

Report on EU trade defence – effective protection against unfair trade

Towards a tobacco free India

What data dominance really means, and how countries can compete

EU elections: Can EU citizens’ awareness eradicate fake news more efficiently than Facebook, Twitter and Google?

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more

‘Moral obligation and political imperative’ to support Syria on path to peace: Guterres

World Retail Congress Dubai 2016: Retail’s night of nights

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s