Notes printed in Berlin have more currency for bank customers who fear a 'value crisis.' Ordinary Germans have begun to reject euro bank notes with serial numbers from Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal, raising concerns that public support for monetary union may be waning in the eurozone's anchor country.
Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper says bankers have detected a curious pattern where customers are withdrawing cash directly from branches, screening the notes to determine the origin of issue. They ask for paper from the southern states to be exchanged for German notes.
Cardinal of the Czech Republic, Miloslav Vick, is concerned about the fate of
Christianity in Europe. He argues that Europe must return to its roots, if not
the fate of the continent will be to become Islamic.
Muslims tried to conquer Europe but Christians expelled them,” he said. “Today
there is a similar war but with spiritual weapons. However, Europe lacks the
tools and ability for a spiritual struggle while Muslims are well
equipped," he says, adding that 'the fall of Europe is close at hand.”
There is ominous symbolism in a Belgian ruling the EU. During the Second World War, Churchill called the Belgians ‘the most contemptible of all – a nation which vainly hoped to stay out of this war, no matter what they owed to those who had saved them in the last war’. Yet the Belgian political model has since then stealthily conquered Britain, turning Brussels, not London, into the centre of power from which decisions are imposed on the British people.
What do Members of the European Parliament do during a
financial crisis? Give themselves more money of course, what else?
Oh, come on. Herman van Rompuy. He's some Belgian cove who was recently appointed "president" of "Europe," whatever that means. He's hardly a household name, even in the van Rompuy household. I'm not sure if Belgian TV has a "Belgian Idol" or "Dancing With The Belgians," but, if so, he'd be knocked out in Round One.
Over the past couple of decades, Flemish and Belgian
conservative parties erected what they called a cordon sanitaire around the Vlaams Belang to keep it out of
government, citing its position on immigrants as xenophobic. Whether this was
good politics or not, today it looks increasingly unfair, as all Belgian
parties, left and right, Flemish and Walloon, come to the realization that
reforms of immigration policy will be necessary to protect the Belgian school
and social-service sector. Gerolf Annemans, the VB's leading intellectual, says
that the cordon sanitaire is
"purely political." Most of his opponents would agree with him,
although they do not say so on the record.