Justice and Home Affairs Council, 21/04/2016 – Consilium – The European Council


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Read first hand what the European Council are doing about security, borders and migration. The Council discussed security and border issues. Ministers examined the latest developments concerning migration.

Source: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 21/04/2016 – Consilium

I was interested by the choice of language and emphasis. I got the sense that the urgency level was not entirely appropriate. There seems to be too much let’s wait and see, rather than preemptive action against scenarios.

Most important of all, I worry at trying to cannibalize European systems on weak foundations – many countries are struggling to track movement of people effectively. Having specialized in delivering radical systems’ solutions, I fear that the Council may not have fully explored the risks.


Opinion – mainly macro: The wheels on the bus – Simon Wren-Lewis – John Gelmini

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I am an even simpler fellow than Dr Alf, and I judge people by what they do.

In 30 years, the EU has not created a single net new job, and the only individual countries in the EU that have, are Germany and most recently the UK.

The politicians in Europe talk mostly about managing the money they have, not increasing exports and bringing in much needed foreign currency. They fail collectively to see that automation, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing, plus cybernetics will destroy jobs faster than they can be created, and they have no strategy for dealing with China, and the rising tide of Jihadism.

The bell is tolling and as Ernest Hemingway would say “It tolls for thee”.

A new type of political leadership is needed because the present Bilderberg inspired one is not being accepted by the masses, even at the level of society’s weakest.

In the past, it would have been dealt with by a World War followed by reconstruction.

Recent times have made war more problematic because the weaponry is too powerful to contain the war to “Faraway places about which we know very little”, however dealing with rising terrorism and emerging terrorist states gives the EU an opportunity to reintroduce conscription and National Service and develop an effective defence industry. David Cameron thinks this could take decades, so this could be a way to get moribund economies moving again, and deal with the scourge of long term unemployment, at the same time as clearing out Europe of dangerous and radical elements.

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