MERKEL CLINGS ON: German refugee deal with Greece saves Chancellor’s Job


Merkel haunted by the immigration issue (Picture: express.co.uk )

German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL, whose leadership has been in deep trouble since the inconclusive election in September 2017, is continuing to cling onto her job as the fragile coalition she formed staggers from crisis to crisis. In the latest, a last minute deal with Greece that will see Germany send back migrants to Greece if they have already applied for asylum there allowed Merkel to escape a no confidence vote that could have forced her to resign.

The beleagured  Chancellor told a news conference today: “It’s good that we have got a result,” but Merkel’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Peterman added that she would not be able to reveal any details before the deal was formally signed.

Last week, the Ms Merkel struck a similar agreement on returning migrants to Spain, confirming a deal reached in June when her increasingly divided Government accepted it would take back asylum seekers whose “first entry into the European Union was Spain”.

The Greek deal would affect migrants entering via Germany’s border with Austria, enabling it to send the migrants back to the Mediterranean country within 48 hours.

The German government is also in “very advanced” negotiations on a similar deal with the Italian Government, and fully expects an agreement to be struck in the near future according to Peterman.

Last week, the Interior Ministry spokeswoman said last week that both Italy and Greece had made counter-demands on any deals agreed after announcing the breakthrough with Spain.

A pact with Italy would provide the biggest breakthrough yet in Angela Merkel‘s struggle to get a stranglehold on a migrant crisis that once again threatens to tighten its grip on Europe again.

The Italians are likely to be the fly in the ointment, having been at loggerheads with Brussels and several European allies including France, after refusing to take in thousands of migrants rescued at sea while demanding that others take them instead.

“I’m, Nationalist Not Racist, Voter Says As Sweden Faces A Historic Election Upset

The Daily Stirrer and our blogs have regularly reported the descent of Sweden’s cities, one among the safest in the world, into lawless frontier towns where large areas are controlled by gangsters, because of ruling elite, blinkered by politically correct thinking and an addiction to virtue signalling have ignored clear evidence that their ridiculously lax immigration policy was importing third world problems into their liberal, tolerant society.

Now Sweden is sliding towards civil disorder as the authorities refuse to change tack and try to pretend the problems do not exist and vast numbers of uneducated, ignorant, religiously faniatical and totally unemployable migrants put impossible burdens on social, law enforcement and welfare agencies.

“Trains and hospitals don’t work, but immigration continues,” complain Roger Mathson, a retired vegetable oil factory worker in Sweden, when questioned by Bloomberg on the same day as a violent, coordinated rampage by masked gangs of youths across five Swedish cities caused $€£millionsworth of damage to cars and property

We reported previously that with a national election imminent, Swedish politicians were quick to react with anti-immigrant party ‘Sweden Democrats’ seeing a surge in the polls ahead of the September 9th election.

“I’m not a racist, but I’m a nationalist,” Mathson said. “I don’t like seeing the town square full of Niqab-clad ladies and people fighting with each other.”

He had a valid point, much of the violence on the streets of Swedish cities is a result of clturf wars between gangs from rival immigrant communities.

Because of widespread dissatisfaction with the Government response to problems caused by the mostly Muslim immigrants Sweden could be set to have its own political earthquake in September, similar to the one in Italy which rocked the EU establishment to its foundations. A big swing to the right in the general election could end a century of Social Democratic dominance and bring to power a little known (on the world stage), but the now hugely popular nationalist party often dubbed far-right and right-wing populist, called Sweden Democrats?

Sweden, a traditionally a largely homogeneous nation of 10 million, took in an astounding 600,000 legal refugees over the past five years, while thanks to the open doors immigration policy nobody knows how many are in the country illegally. After Swedes across various cities looked out their windows Tuesday to see cars exploding, smoke filling the skies, and possibly armed masked men hurling explosives around busy parking lots, it appears they’ve had enough.

Over the past years of the Sweden Democrats rise as a major force in Swedish politics, the country’s media have labelled the Sweden Democrats as “racists” and “Nazis” due to their focus on anti-immigration and strong Euroscepticism. This is completely wrong but typical of globalist dominated mainstream media in western Europe and North America. Wanting to control immigration, limit numbers of new arrivals, check on willingness to at least tolerate the values and traditions of the host nation and obey its laws is not racist.

A poll at the start of this week, following a massive smear campaign by government and media, and some belated and probably hypocritical tough talking on immigration from other political parties, suggested the Sweden Democrats had fallen back to third place after topping three previous polls as the September election nears; however, Tuesday’s national crisis and what could legitimately be dubbed a serious domestic terror threat is likely to boost their popularity.

Bloomberg’s profile of their leader, Jimmie Akesson (above right), echoes the tone of establishment Swedish media in the way they commonly cast the movement, beginning as follows:

Viking rock music and whole pigs roasting on spits drew thousands of Swedes to a festival hosted by nationalists poised to deliver their country’s biggest political upheaval in a century.

The Sweden Democrats have been led since 2005 by a clean-cut and bespectacled man, Jimmie Akesson. He’s gentrified a party that traces its roots back to the country’s neo-Nazi, white supremacist fringe. Some polls now show the group may become the biggest in Sweden’s parliament after general elections on Sept. 9. Such an outcome would end 100 years of Social Democratic dominance.

The group’s popularity began surging after the 2015 immigration crisis began, which first hit Europe’s southern Mediterranean shores and quickly moved northward as shocking wave after wave of migrants came.

Akesson emphasizes something akin to a “Sweden-first” platform which European media often compares to Trump’s “America First”; and the party has been accused of preaching forced assimilation into Swedish culture to be become a citizen.  Little mention is made of the fact that some of the SDs political rivals have been urging Swedes to accept Sharia Law in order to satisfy the demands of radical Muslim preachers.

Bloomberg’s report sampled opinions at a large SD rally held in Akkeson’s hometown of Solvesborg, and many of the statements reflect increasingly common sentiment after this week’s coordinated multi-city attack:

At his party’s festival, Akesson revved up the crowd by slamming the establishment’s failures, calling the last two governments the worst in Swedish history. T-shirts calling for a Swexit, or an exit from the EU, were exchanged as bands played nationalist tunes.

Ted Lorentsson, a retiree from the island of Tjorn, said he’s an enthusiastic backer of the Sweden Democrats. “I think they want to improve elderly care, health care, child care,” he said. “Bring back the old Sweden.” But he also acknowledges his view has led to disagreement within his family as his daughter recoils at what she feels is the “Hitler”-like rhetoric.

No doubt, the media and Eurocrats in Brussels will take simple, innocent statements from elderly retirees like “bring back the old Sweden” as nothing short of declaration of a race war just as they did in an effort to influence Italy’s election result, but such views will only solidify after this week.

Another Sweden Democrat supporter, a 60-year old woman who works at a distillery, told Bloomberg, “I think you need to start seeing the whole picture in Sweden and save the original Swedish population,” she said. “I’m not racist, because I’m a realist.”

Sweden’s two biggest parties, the Social Democrats and Moderates, are now under serious pressure as Swedes increasingly worry about issues like immigration, law and order, and health care – seen as under threat by a mass influx of immigrants that the system can’t handle.

Bloomberg explains further:

But even young voters are turning their backs on the establishment. One potential SD supporter is law student Oscar Persson. Though he hasn’t yet decided how he’ll vote, he says it’s time for the mainstream parties to stop treating the Sweden Democrats like a pariah. “This game they are playing now, where the other parties don’t want to talk to them but still want their support, is something I don’t really understand,” he said.

Akesson has managed to entice voters from both sides of the political spectrum with a message of more welfare, lower taxes and savings based on immigration cuts.

With many Swedes now saying immigration has “gone too far” and as this week’s events have once again thrust the issue before both a national and global audience, the next round of polling will mostly like put Sweden’s conservative-right movements on top.

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Migrants Rampage Through Sweden’s Second City

 


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A gang of masked “youths” embarked on an orgy of destruction through Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city Monday night, setting dozens of cars ablaze in an attack described as “extremely organised” and like a military operation by the left wing Prime Minister.

Strangely neither he nor mainstream media took the trouble to mention the ethnicity or religious background of the rioters. Fortunately web news sites are not so coy, and news pictures along with eye witness video makes it easy to see the criminals are of African and Middle Eastern origin and are proud to identify themselves as Muslim.

Shocking video of fire engulfing numerous vehicles in spread on social media Monday evening with other footage clearly showing masked people in dark clothing intentionally lighting the blazes. In keeping with Sweden’s tesiticularly deficient, politically correct policing policy, the cops chose not to arrest the “young people” at the scene, fearing that it might inflame inter – racial tensions. Officers have since contacted their parents, reports state.

No doubt the parents, aware that The Holy Koran requires good Muslims to kill all infidels, gave their kids extra spending money for doing a good job.

Officers said on Tuesday that as many as 100 cars had been burnt to or vandalized in the city and nearby towns such as Trollhattan, an industrial area with high unemployment, and Falkenberg.

Falkenberg contains gender-segregated asylum seeker homes, necessitated because the Muslim men think it’s OK to rape unaccompanied women, even those of the same religion. Police have been repeatedly attacked  in nearby Trollhattan, with well knows Islamic State fighters hailing from the area.

Such areas, with large migrant populations, have become hotspots for violence in the Nordic nation in recent years with many described as “no-go zones.”

This short video from The Guardian gives some idea of the intensity of violence.

Fires were also reported on a smaller scale in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city.

Sweden is to hold national elections in less than a month, and left-wing Prime Minister Stefan Löfven reacted angrily to the latest attacks, blasting the perpetrators directly.

“I’m getting pissed off – really! My question to these people is what the hell are you doing?” he said on a radio show according to Aftonbladet, promising to push for harsher penalties against those involved.

Actually, apart from showing these animals from backward societies have no place in Europe, it also shows they are too stupid to ever fit into democratic European societies. Their actions are driving voters towards the parties that will round them up and send them back to whatever third world shitholes they have come from.

EU Flushes €1trillion Down Toilet – Achives Nothing

The Wall Street Journal has revealed the most outrageous waste of European taxpayers’ money yet by the Euronazi EU in its quest to fulfill the dream of a European Federal Superstate, a dream very similar to Adolf hitler’s dream of uniting Euorope under one flag.

The WSJ reports The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working.

The European Union has spent nearly one trillion dollars to unify the continent by delivering highways and trains into places where there were once gravel paths. In current dollars, that is over eight times the size of the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. The EU has built airports and bridges, trams and swimming pools. It has repaired castles and medieval churches.

It hasn’t bought love.

To the vexation of European leaders, some of the biggest recipients of funding are now hotbeds of discontent, brimming with voters disquieted by the cultural and political pressures that have accompanied European integration, and threatening the bloc’s cohesion.

The biggest recipient of EU cohesion funds in mainland France is Nord-Pas-de-Calais, once an industrial powerhouse of coal, steel and textiles. In parliament, it is represented by Marine Le Pen, the French presidential runner-up who proposed France hold an EU exit referendum.

Many locals say EU funding was overshadowed by the disadvantages of membership, including the obligation to accept migrants from other EU nations. Blaenau Gwent voters favored Brexit by 62% to 38% to leave the EU in 2016. It was Wales’ highest “leave” vote.

The future of the EU still hangs in the balance, with divisions over refugees in particular driving wedges between its member states. If copious spending during decades of European optimism couldn’t revive fading communities or unite the continent, EU officials worry about what comes next. Rising nationalism is pitting smaller, eastern countries against larger, western powers.

EU funding can carry onerous rules and stipulations involving complex paperwork and restrictions on project types, irking recipients. East European nationalists allege that much of the money flows back to German and French construction companies.

Donor countries have soured on cohesion funds, too, partly because of alleged corruption among recipients. In Hungary, where skepticism of the EU runs thick, the bloc’s antifraud agency says $47.8 million spent upgrading street lamps through EU contracts awarded to a company once owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s son-in-law contained “serious irregularities” that may constitute fraud. The son-in-law denies the accusation. Mr. Orban says Hungary no longer needs EU cash.

Who Gives, Who Gets?

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Member states that receive ‘cohesion money’ are unhappy because of immigration and other political strings attached to the money which they claim is a further erosion of their sovereignty. The donors are unhappy that because of the obligation placed on them by the EU, their money is going to other European nations leaving them strapped for cash to deal with domestic problems.

So far, since the signing in 2007 of the Lisbon Treaty, which effectively laid to rest the charade that the EU formerly EEC and Common Market was simply an association for economic cooperation between European nations, and transformed the European Project into a bid to politically unify the member states into a single political entity, the divisions between member states have been steadily growing, leading to the recent resurgence of nationalism across the continent.

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The former Prime Minister of little Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker to ensure his chief of staff was installed as the new Secretary-General of the European Commission, in what one senior Eurocrat has called “an impeccably prepared and audacious power-grab” at the top of the European Union.

EU “Sounds Alarm” Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation

Late on Friday (21/07/17), Congressional negotiators agreed to advance a cross – party bill that would punish Russia for its (alleged) interference in the 2016 election according to the Wall Street Journal. And while it seems improbable that President Trump would sign the bill if it reaches his desk, the loudest complaint about the bill to date has emerged not from the Oval Office, but from US allies in NATO and the European Union …

Fears Over Threat To Sovereignty Could Wreck EU European Army Plan

No they’re not Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers, they are German soldiers assigned to an international peacekeeping force, showing how like Imperial Stormtroopers a pan European army might look (Image source)

Germany Threatens Sanctions Against Poland Over ‘Lack of Western Values’ (for Western read German)

Last year, Poland’s conservative nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS), led by former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, captured both the presidency and parliament at elections in May and November. Since taking office, the party’s lawmakers have used their parliamentary majority to initiate a series of controversial legal reforms, causing concerns both at home and abroad, specifically in Brussels and in Berlin.


Europe’s Bank Crisis Arrives In Germany: €29 Billion Bremen Landesbank On The Verge Of Failure

… yesterday we observed a surprising development involving Deutsche Bank, namely the bank’s decision to quietly liquidate some of its shipping loans. Reuters reported, “Deutsche Bank is looking to sell at least $1 billion of shipping loans [a market sector] whose lenders face closer scrutiny from the European Central Bank.

BREXIT vs. GREXIT – The Truth About The European Union And How It Treats Members

The only thing that will halt the European Union in its tracks, stop the push beyond Europe’s geographical borders and prevent EU expansion to incorporate Asian, middle eastern and north African nations is war. Unless the testicularly deficient politicians stand up to the bean counters of Brussels. That’s what they are, bean counters; not one among them is a risk taker or a person who has advanced because of their willingness to put their arse on the line.

The Hypocrisy and Snobbery Of The Remain Campaign And The Antidote
When I had to defriend a Facebook contact because she was arguing in favour of the EU, it was not simply because I support Brexit that I had become pissed of with her, it was the snobbish and condescending way she dismissed supporters of LEAVE and their case. People are entitled to their opinion on the European Union, but they should check the ‘facts’ they post in support of their arguments.

Adolf Hitler, His Part In Our Downfall

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A thirty five thousand word book on the authoroitarian, undemocratic, bureaucratic dictatorship that is the European Union. Following the outburst of left wing hate politics following Boris Johnson’s reminder that the EU has its roots in Hitler’s Naziism, which as any intelligent person is aware is both true and very well documented. My blog colleagues and I decided to assemble this collection of our articles (with some long extracts quoted from public domain and creative commons sources) to help people misled by the REMAIN campaign into thinking the arguments are solely economic.

EU Vows To Use Powers To Block All Elected ‘Far Right’ Politicians From Power

… populist social conservatives are regularly topping the polls across the Europe, but have been victims of EU orchestrated stitch ups to keep them out of power and ddeny the democratic will, in France, Sweden, Holland, and now Austria – and anti-migrant populists are already in power in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Mr. Junker’s definition of “far right” is somewhat broad, noted by him previously describing Hungary’s conservative president, Viktor Orbán, as a “fascist”.

EU Vows To Use Powers To Block All Elected ‘Far Right’ Politicians From Power

… populist social conservatives are regularly topping the polls across the Europe, but have been victims of EU orchestrated stitch ups to keep them out of power and ddeny the democratic will, in France, Sweden, Holland, and now Austria – and anti-migrant populists are already in power in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Mr. Junker’s definition of “far right” is somewhat broad, noted by him previously describing Hungary’s conservative president, Viktor Orbán, as a “fascist”.

The Labour Case For Brexit by Kate Hoey M.P.

After my short intro is a savage indictment by Brexit supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey of the way the Labour Party has abandoned the working class and is now trying to betray the party’s proud heritage and its roots in the industrial areas by taking Britain into an undemocratic, corporate controlled, capitalist friendly, elite dominated globalist control freak project.

EU’s Bureaucratic Dictatorship Is Losing The Support Of The Most Loyal Nations

When the unelected bureaucrats of the European Union Commission decided, without consulting member states, to comply with the wishes of the warmongering rent – boy in The White House and impose sanctions on Russia, after Vladimir Putin ordered the annexation of Crimea (to prevent the US backed neo – fascist government in Kiev carrying out a genocide of ethnic Russians in Crimea,) the idiotic goons were as usual duped into doing Washington’s dirty work.

Cameron’s Hopes For EU Membership Reforms For UK Torpedoed By Tusk

David Cameron’s hopes of winning serious concessions on sovereignty, border controls, contributions, trade agreements, human rights and labour laws so he could claim to have won a better deal for Britain by the time the in / out referendum starts next year European Union suffered an early blow when European Council President Donald Tusk warned that reaching a deal would be “very tough” …

EU tiring of confrontation with Putin.

Huge reversal: the EU seeks a normal relationship with Russia. It seems that the EU is being greatly affected by the actions of Vladimir Putin in Syria: suddenly the EU President Jean-Claude Junker is saying that the EU must not let the US dictate their relationship with Russia.

Disillusionment With EU Grows as Swedish Support Slumps By 30%

A new opinion poll carried out on support for the European Union in Sweden has produced some shock findings as a massive turnround among Swedish voters probably due to mass immigration and migrant related crime waves in cities. From being one of the most solidly pro-EU member states, Sweden now has a substantial majority against membership of the EU.

Fears Over Threat To Sovereignty Could Wreck EU European Army Plan

No they’re not Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers, they are German soldiers assigned to an international peacekeeping force, showing how like Imperial Stormtroopers a pan European army might look (Image source)

UK heading for BLIND EU exit – Barnier warns

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Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier cast fresh threw ano ofther spanner into the works the negotiating process when he said political declarations on the UK’s future trade and security partnership with the EU will not be complete by “Autumn 2018”.

Negotiators from both sides are hoping to complete the final 20 percent of the withdrawal agreement, which sets out the terms of Britain’s severance from the increasingly political bloc.  The £39bn Brexit bill, transition period and the Irish backstop, are yet to be completed, but there are issues around free movement, immigration policy and whether the European Court of Justice will still have a role in UK laws.

In an article syndicated in many European newspapers, Barnier said: “Since we will not know what the future relationship will bring by Autumn 2018, we need to have a ‘backstop’ solution in the withdrawal agreement.”

The minor detail in the Frenchman’s 891-word article will likely frustrate Britain who have stressed the link between the withdrawal agreement and the declaration on the future relationship.

On his recent visit to Brussels, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab called for “a clear and precise vision for our future relationship, and set this out in a political declaration to be signed alongside the withdrawal agreement”.

The withdrawal agreement has to be ready by October and is due to be signed off by leaders at the EU Council summit that month. Britain holds the expectation that there will also be a political declaration outlining the future relationship in place as well.

Since replacing David Davis, Mr Raab has reiterated the link between so-called Brexit bill is dependent on the EU fulfilling its obligations to the negotiations. There is no sign of this happening as the EU attitude continues to be that negotiation is a process in which they lay down conditions and Theresa the Appeaser overruled her ministers and agrees to whatever brussels demands.

EU Courts to Have Final Say on Brexit ‘Divorce Bill’ and Millions of Migrants

What might well be the final act of betrayal that will finally destroy the political career of the Prime Minister nobody wanted, was enacted earlier this week when Teresa May’s government quietly agreed in a behind closed doors session with the European Union (EU) negotiators to give European courts the final say over Brexit issues, including the massive “divorce bill”, migrant rights, and the Irish border “backstop”.

This latest and most treasonous concession so far from the government would, in the unlikely event of May getting her own party to accept it or brokering a deal between her own party’s Remain contingent, Labour and the SNP, give the European Court of Justice (ECJ) effective control over any dispute involving the £39 billion payment and the status of more than three million European citizens and migrants.

Foreign judges would also control the implementation of plans to keep Northern Ireland locked in the bloc’s Single Market if the border cannot be kept open by other means, as the Prime Minister has agreed. The stark climb-down has been made in private, The Times reports, in an attempt to move talks on after they stalled and EU bureaucrats and negotiators refused to comprise.

One of the central themes in the Vote Leave campaign was the promise to take back control of Britain’s laws and courts and to leave the jurisdiction of the ECJ. The ruling elite are even more deluded than we thought if they try to get away with this. Although Remainers and mainstream media are convinced most leave voters were motivated by racism and xenophobia, in fact a majority of working class voters cited surrender of national sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats as their main reason for voting to leave the EU.

Pro-Brexit Tories slammed this latest revelation as just another example of concessions by Mrs May. Sir Bernard Jenkin, the Tory MP for Harwich, declared it unacceptable and said it could be rejected in Parliament.

“This is very profound. It is giving a status to the European Court of Justice in the withdrawal agreement that is not accorded to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom,” he said. “That makes it a deeply unequal relationship and therefore unacceptable.”

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith commented: “This would be akin to saying that a UK citizen living in America could have their rights protected by a UK court.”

A UK government source insisted that the ECJ would not have the final say. “We have categorically rejected any proposal that would see the court of one side decide disputes,” they said.

A draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and bloc already states that a joint committee of officials will consider all disputes between the two sides but apparently and without any authority to do so, Mrs. May has overridden this.

Why I voted for Brexit

I often get asked, As a Brexit supporter ca you give me one definite advantage of leaving the largest trading bloc in the world?

Well where do I start?

The question asks me to state the reasons why I voted the way I did but it is the wrong question all the same.

I voted for ‘leave’ but I didn’t vote to leave a trading bloc. I voted to leave because I had lost faith with the ability of the European Union to be able to successfully govern itself. There have been several tests of the EU governance model over the past decade or so and, in my opinion, the EU has failed almost all of them.

  1. The way that the EU treated Greece during their financial collapse was a salutary moment for me. I am not Greek, have never been there and don’t really have any intention to in the future, but the way that the EU put the interests of the German banks ahead of the outcome of the population was scandalous. A community of nations? Not a chance!
  2. The EU should never have allowed the Greeks to get themselves into the situation whereby their economy would go into free fall. Everyone knew the Greeks were fiddling the books, not paying taxes, running up huge pension liabilities etc, but nothing was done because the EU desperately wanted Greece in the single currency system and that political goal was more important that the welfare of the Greek population.
  3. Nothing ever is done to address real problems because the political goals (ever closer union, a single currency, an EU army etc. take priority, and that is the Achilles heel of the EU. Italy is in an equally parlous state: its banks are basically bust, tax avoidance is high and it has severe budgetary problems. Nothing will be done by the EU and they will do everything in their power to obstruct any action by the Eurosceptic government of Lega amd Five Star aimed at tacking the problem.
  4. The Southern European countries are all still suffering from a decade of zero growth Or negative growth), high unemployment and stagnation. I had a plethora of talented and skilled Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Greeks and Cypriots work for me in London. I know they are not coming to London for the weather or the food. They are coming because their economies have collapsed and they are unable to find work. A generation of youth has been failed.
  5. The failure to offer a coherent and viable approach to the migration issue of a few years ago was the final straw. Again the Southern European countries who had to deal with the huge influx received no meaningful assistance. They were (and still are) thrown under the proverbial bus.

These are just a few examples of some of the biggest failures of coherent governance within the EU and national governments. This is not sustainable in the long term, you cannot keep “kicking the can down the road”. Things need to fundamentally change but I do not have any faith the required political will is there.

Ultimately I took the view that the EU did not have the political will or capability to join too many disparate political views and requirements together. The Northern bloc, Southern bloc and Eastern bloc have economies and histories/cultural biases that will take generations to merge even if the political will is there. It isn’t. This doesn’t end well and I don’t want my children to be tied into an organisation that is not capable of running itself.

Now this is not to say that I think that life outside the EU will be easy for the UK. It won’t. I am also not saying that the governance model in the UK is exemplary. It isn’t and the London centric bias needs to be fundamentally reviewed. But I am taking the very long view and I think that when the day of reckoning comes for the EU, which it will unless the EU is able to fundamentally change the way it is run and operated, then the UK (and my children) will have built up a diversified and resilient trading capability with the whole world and not just the parochial view it currently has with the EU.

Clearly the above analysis is flawed if you think the EU is well governed and you feel that I have fundamentally misunderstood what has happened over the past decade.