The EU has
aspirations to gain influence across the Arctic region. Already, three EU
countries, Finland, Sweden and Denmark sit on the Arctic Council, alongside
Russia, the United States, Canada and Iceland. But the EU has no seat. The
council is growing in importance because of the possibilities of the polar thaw
creating new shipping lanes through Canada in a Northwest Passage.
also the question of mineral resources in the Arctic, and the question of
defence installations. Iceland has Keflavik airport, which until the Americans
pulled out in 2006, was a key Nato airbase. Indeed, immediately after the
financial crash last year, the Russian government stepped in with a loan to the
Icelandic government of £3.5bn. Observers reckoned that Russia was trying to
get friendly enough to negotiate access to Keflavik.
"Fjordman’s collection of short works, 'Defeating Eurabia' marks his emergence as a uniquely informed European essayist. Remarkably curious and erudite, the author’s lucid essays are ultimately a testament to that rarest and most desperately needed attribute in our era—intellectual honesty. An unapologetic defender of the Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian values of Western civilization, and their apotheosis in Western Europe, Fjordman expresses alarm at Europe’s supine Islamization, and condemns the demonization of ordinary non-Muslim indigenous Europeans who have the 'temerity' to voice their objection to this ongoing cultural jihad. 'Defeating Eurabia' is a brilliantly argued, passionate critique of Western Europe’s contemporary utopian 'multiculturalist' governing elites—avatars of the latest fanatical European politico-religious creed—a bizarre, toxic brew of statism and unreformed, Shari’a-compliant Islam."
The usual suspects are proclaiming that Switzerland will now have “pariah status”. On the contrary, there is significantly more respect for Switzerland around the world after the referendum than there was before. The news that the electorate in one European country has had the resolution to defy its political class and refuse to roll over and indulge a politically correct minority will be an inspiration to other electorates.
Lots of European countries indulge in
shadowy coalition politics, with jobs divvied out among rival parties, but
Belgium takes the biscuit. All Belgian governments are big coalitions, uniting
parties that loathe one another, staffed by fixed quotas of ministers from the
French- and Dutch-speaking communities (who also cannot stand each other).
Democracy barely counts, as even parties thumped at the ballot box return to
office. What is the link between this and the selection of Herman Van Rompuy as
the first full-time president of the European Council, and of Catherine Ashton
as a new foreign-policy chief? It is the European weakness for coalition
politics, in which a quest for “balance” all too often trumps talent or merit.
Now that the Czech Republic has announced it will ratify the Lisbon Treaty, the EU will be even closer yet to becoming a unified monster state, with more than half a billion inhabitants. Inhabitants is the correct term, since “citizens” would indicate a set of political rights. The people living in the EU should rather be called “subjects,” since they have no influence whatsoever on the constitution of the centralized European government, the “European Commission.” [...]
Europe, at least the indigenous population of Europe, is dying. That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it. Parenthood involves massive sacrifice of money, attention, time and emotional energy. Where today in European culture with its consumerism and instant gratification – because you’re worth it – where will you find space for the concept of sacrifice for the sake of generations not yet born?