Denmark, a country with 5.8 million inhabitants just north of Germany. Despite proximity, the Danish attitude is very different. Mette Frederiksen is Prime Minister of Denmark for the Social Democrats. Now, she announced that Denmark has the target of zero asylum seekers in Denmark, in order to protect social cohesion.
Last year wasn’t a good year for most people. Lockdowns ruined businesses, and led many people to lose their jobs. Simultaneously a surprising large portion of the economy kept running, largely due to government support. However, they weren’t able to protect everything. Tourism got destroyed. Southern European economies, like Spain, rely heavily on tourism. No surprise that Spain’s economy, its GDP, shrank with 12.8% in 2020. The number isn’t final yet, but is an estimate from November 2020, meaning that despite a possible correction, it won’t be far off.
The EU has the Eurozone as an internal block, but not the whole EU belongs to the Eurozone. The economic demise of Europe will pull the Eurozone closely together at a rapid pace, while the non-Euro countries are left behind. Europe moves at a different speed, a different pace. It looks in two differenct directions.
If you are a Turk living in Europe, who should you listen to? Should you listen to Macron who condemns the Islamic terrorism, or should you listen to Erdogan who condemns Macron for condemning Islam? Are you loyal to your origin country and religion, or to the country where you live? Moreover, how should the European governments deal with these Turkish, and Islamic, minorities? That is a question that is gaining in relevance as tensions rise between France and Erdogan. That is the Turkish question.
On the 16th of July 2019 the European Union selected its new highest functions. We use the word ‘selected’, as opposed to ‘elected’. There is not much democracy involved when a few influential bureaucrats bicker in backrooms until they can find a person nobody is strongly opposed to. Even the pope has a higher claim to democracy, since the entire college of cardinals is allowed to vote.
One of the basic principles of government, is that it is there to protect its citizens. Without that, why does the government even exist? Why would it be allowed to exist and extract resources from the population? Should we not be constantly vigilant to ensure that government serves to benefit the people that it rules over?
Today, Europe is driven more than ever before by a sense of apathy shared by the masses. In the past, old men may have become apathetic towards life, as their time on earth was coming to an end. Their youthful vigor had been replaced by a tiresome tolerance. As the average age in Europe has steadily climbed, so too has the overall sense of apathy constantly increased. Porn has been on the rise, while masculinity declined.
Many children, myself included, become disinterested in art during their time in high school. I recall my teacher being ecstatic about a new work done by Damien Hirst – he had implanted a skull with diamonds and it had sold for millions. The urinal made by Duchamp was praised, and when pupils in the classroom raised their hands to ask questions about this supposed work of art, the teacher’s reply was a mere ‘Who are we to deny that this is art?’