Mapping the New Europe


Ever since the Germans started using their word Lebensraum in connection with their policy towards Eastern Europe before the Second World War, one has to be suspicious when the word “Raum” is used in any policy connection by the Germans. For instance, Raumordnung can mean “spatial planning” if you want it to sound innocent and “area order” if you don’t. “Raum” can also mean territory. A “Raum” can also mean something as small as a habitat (as in the biological sense of “Lebensraum”), but the Germans have the same word as the British for region, and a “Raum” can also be something bigger than a region (which has its political expression in the German Länder.

But when Germans start to use the idea of “the European Area Development Concept” which includes chunks of the United Kingdom, one has to get really jumpy. This could also be translated as “European Spatial Development Concept” which, if anything would be worse.

So when it was reported in The Telegraph this week that “New EU map makes Kent part of the same nation as France”, I thought it was worthwhile going back to some of the sources.

My Austrian wife was rather concerned about the fate of her own country – even if she has been resident in the UK for decades and shares my concern about the fate of mine. After all Germany ate the country whole in 1938.

See also the other news reports here:
Plan wipes Britain off the map
What a carve up!
The Mad Map as featured in The Sun.
And their editorial, “Wolf at the door” containing the immortal phrase, “Not if The Sun has anything to do with it, Wolfgang.”

The Wolfgang that The Sun refers to is Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Socialist Minister of Construction in the German Coalition government. He says, “There is great hope underlying the goal of a United Europe that we can permanently overcome old borders.” Here is a previous example of a German tank just having overcome the old borders of Poland in 1939, and wandering about the streets of Warsaw.


Mr Tiefensee (rougly translated Mr Deepsea – more or less out of his depth) was even elected World Mayor in a competition of Mayors in 2004, giving a new meaning to the word Oeberburgermeister – Senior Town Mayor.


Here he is, seen trying to recapture the sixties rather than territory lost by Germany:


It seems much of the madness comes from a German-based organization called Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Raumordnung e.V. – The German Association for Habitation, Urban Development and Spatial Planning.

Here is a translation of most of the link:

Promotion, support, information and lobbying for implementing the European Spatial Development Concept (EUREK) and the common initiative, INTEREG III B/C.

[EU wreck is quite a good name for this project]

European spatial development has increasingly gained in importance over the last years. The continuing European integration mandates a European vision for the concept of area development. In this context, a European spatial development concept has been worked out and has been passed into legislation by the informal Area Planning Ministerial Council in Potsdam in 1999. [Yes, that’s a Potsdam Conference II!]

EUREK transmits a commonly held vision of a future European space, approved by one of the member states [guess which one, Germany!] and the European Commission. It constitutes a general relationship framework for measures important to areas and provides a role model for the formulation of their policies and actions with respect to public and private decision makers. EUREK is thereby targeted to those political areas which are in need of a spatial orientation and EUREK will provide guidelines through its political scenarios.

Apart from the Member States, EUREK addresses itself to regional and local authorities within an area as well as important private enterprises such as transport and communications, and/ or energy providers.

EUREK provides with this, the basis for an intensive discussion on spatial developmental perspectives and framework options, in and for Europe, with three main goals.
Economic and social cohesion
Sustainable development
Balanced competitiveness

For this reason, EUREK has formulated three area models

1. A balanced and polycentric town system and a new relation between town and country
2. An equal access to infrastructure and knowledge
3. Sustainable development, intelligent management and the protection of nature and culture

EUREK’s statements as well as the trans-national [they are talking about us!] activities in this connection are of a high political relevance for Germany. This is readily derived from its central location, and in relation to the accession countries in Middle and Eastern Europe.


This initiative is continued in the new structural funds support period 2000-2006, entitled INTEREG III B and it has a European-wide support level of 1.3 billion euro, a better financial facility than INTEREG II C and is therefore more ambitious for its projects. Circa 700 million euro are available for trans-national co-operation projects in which German public and private institutions participate. It is therefore expected that the projects will more concrete, i.e. a greater emphasis is placed on implementation than previously [how much money has been wasted before?] and a trans-national exchange of experience will no longer been sufficient in the future [they have real plans for us!]

[Not only an EU project but a gold mine]

The primary contact is the manager of the German-Austrian Urban Network. [In this strange world, the joint- destinies of Germany and Austria become more closely intertwined than they have been for more than fifty years.]

End of translation with my added comments.
This is the map that they produce of interlocking circles:


France will be, much to their surprise, at the centre of nothing. If you look at the map with the pessimism of a Frenchman, Burgundy, including Paris has been returned to England (as has Ireland!) reversing the victories of St Joan of Arc.

Looking at it another way, Belgium is part of Northern France as it was in World War II. Scotland has in two circles become part of Scandinavia, only being part of the Union in one circle. London has been crossed out – partly by an Atlantic circle and partly by a Scandinavian circle.

If Greece is not part of Central Europe, she becomes an associate of Turkey.

Curious that Germany is also not at the centre of anything. For fear of being seen as Greater Germany, they have been seeking to dissolve themselves in Europe for the last forty years. Some might see the end result as pretty similar.

There was a wartime joke “What will you do after the war, Fritz?” “Oh, take a tour around Greater Germany.” “And what will you do in the afternoon, then?”

Important to this concept of Europe is the idea of power centers for these circles. Just don’t ask where these power centres are going to be.

But we have been here before.

Here is the passion for circles around power centres applied to the region around Kutno in Poland in the German’s General Plan East. (from National Socialist Spatial Planning in the General Plan East):


Here is a map of the CURRENT Interreg planning idea of Europe taken from their own website. The UK survives although poor old Italy, France and Greece get divided in two. Further sub-divisions and proposed allegiances are not shown:


The EU is seeking not just the regionalisation but also the atomisation (in the sense of dividing down to the smallest possible administrative unit) of the nation state. Europe will become like a chemistry experiment as new molecules are formed, new and ever changing combinations of atoms and newly-existing groups of atoms, with shifting loyalties, very few of which will be permanent.

Old loyalties are beginning to fade. Transmanche was developed under the Interreg IIC programme. The University of Kent was even looking to set up a University of Transmanche apparently sponsored by the Erasmus programme. He who pays the piper plays the tune. Unless you think Europe is an intrinsic good, which it is not, this is a world away from the traditional concept of the University loyal to learning and knowledge alone.

And here is the ArcManche promoting the TransManche network. And pseudo-democracy at work, they even have their own assembly.

Another incriminating map of projects supported by Interreg. Ireland in partnership with the nationalist western half of Wales:


The Conservatives may have discovered this wickedness and got the story almost right. But you will have to wait for years to draw the right conclusions and for ever for them to do anything about it. For ever, will be too late.

Don’t forget the bureaucrats already sank Wales and here is Europe as a piece of cake, the full list of Euroregions.

But here is a sign of hope just to prove the modern Germans can laugh at themselves.

Among other maps. The Crossed Bananas of European Prosperity:


Just as long as they keep on laughing while we leave. This nonsense is all too serious.

Footnote on Spatial Planning/ (Area/Territorial order!) in Germany:

Raumordnung is the planned order, development and security of large territorial units, (regions, länder or areas) for the sustaining of the best possible utilization of the Lebensraum.

Spatial planning in Germany has been codified in the Spatial Planning Act (ROG). The implementers of spatial planning work according to the Gegenstromprinzip [contrasting the outcome with the initial situation].

A model for Spatial Planning is a sustainable spatial development which can bring in accord the socio-economic demands on the area with its ecological functions, which results in a permanent order in the larger area.

Spatial planning is a complex concept which comprises all measures, serving forward planning of a goal orientated spatial distribution of assets and facilities and it is envisaged to have an orderly territory that serves public interests. The following aspects have to be laid down.

· To maintain the free demonstration of communal personality and the responsibility towards future generations
· To protect and develop the basic foundations for life.
· To create the standard premises for economic developments
· To open framework possibilities for the area utilization on a long-term basis!
· To strengthen the marked multiplicity of the sub-areas.
· To produce equal living conditions in all sub-areas.
· To balance the spatial and structural imbalances between the partitioned areas prior to the unification of Germany.
· To create the territorial presuppositions for the cohesion in the European Community and in the larger European space.

In order to achieve these targets, important spatial planning and measures have to be agreed, contradictory demands on space have to be evaluated and any arising conflicts thereby have to be balanced. At the same time, provisions for individual spatial functions and utilisations have to be made. The results of this raumordnung have to be noted in summary and planning projects.

Expect to see more on this site soon about the history and future strategy of Interreg, as well as the associated funding programmes. They are proceeding by a policy of little steps.

" one should try" #2

@ Mikko Ellila

1) Indeed, I agree, that there is "no excuse" for publishing this particular article.  But, equally, there is no excuse for you to make an "unbalanced" judgement of the website losing "ALL credibility" because of 1 particular article among a wide variety of articles.   One can find numerous 'great' short articles on this website, with regular frequency.  For example, those of 'Fjordman' come readily to mind.  And, I reasonably assume that you cannot read the excellent ones on the Dutch part of the website ("Nederlands") from the 'pen' of Koenraad Elst.


2) I agree that that particular sentence was a bit 'unkind', for which I (mildly) appologise to you.  However, notice that the sentence started with the word "Perhaps", so it wasn't really too hard on you, and certainly not as hard as your judgement was on the webmaster of this website.   Also, I want to assure you that I do not suffer from "leftist egalitarianism".  But, I do believe in human IMperfection, and that "the perfect is the enemy of the good".  You must try to make allowance for that.   


Balance and perspective, please

@ Mikko Ellila

Obviously, you dit not like this article.  Neither did I.

 However, one should try to keep things in perspective and make balanced judgements.  This website contains numerous articles, on a wide variety of topics, and 'written' by a diverse group of contributors.  If, from time to time there appears an article that does not meet someone's expectations, that is not a valid justification to claim a potential "loss of ALL credibility" for the website.   

Perhaps you are not comfortable with a great diversity of opinions (including 'unsympathetic' ones) being expressed?  Nevertheless, it is the only 'diversity' that really counts for people who deserve "credibility".  

marcfrans: "one should try

"one should try to keep things in perspective and make balanced judgements. This website contains numerous articles, on a wide variety of topics, and 'written' by a diverse group of contributors. If, from time to time there appears an article that does not meet someone's expectations, that is not a valid justification to claim a potential "loss of ALL credibility" for the website."

The fact that the quality of articles published in a weblog written by several different authors may vary is not an excuse for publishing totally meaningless infantile pseudohumour, such as "the Germans are, like, you know, Nazis, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha" which is what this article began with.

"Perhaps you are not comfortable with a great diversity of opinions (including 'unsympathetic' ones) being expressed?"

Your argument is based "tolerance" and "diversity" being held as values an sich. This is leftist egalitarianism. All criticism of rubbish is labelled politically incorrect because calling rubbish rubbish is soooooooo intolerant and elitist and narrow-minded.

This website is not supposed to be a sewer in which all kinds of crap can be seen. The most ignorant, the most uncivilised, the most infantile writings such as "the Germans are, like, you know, Nazis, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha" should not be published here.

Some afterthoughts

might be due. I´m with the author when he attacks nonsensical EU projects like the ones described in the article. The problematic part is that he does so with wholly inadequate rhetoric. That kind of thing might work within the ... let´s say, traditional british mindset of frolic "hun-bashing" but fails to do so outside that specific cultural framework.
He might want to remember that the most effective way of undermining one´s own assertions is - to put them forward along with clearly inadequate reasoning.
I´d rather see some more people convinced by means of soundly reasoned EU-bashing.

The worst article ever published on this website

I wholeheartedly agree with the comment by username FAB. This has got to be the worst article ever published on this website. The use of puerile jokes and Hitler cards is far, far, far below the intellectual level that people expect from The Brussels Journal. Don't publish primitive, paranoid anti-German rubbish like this if you don't want lose all of your credibility.

Ridiculous indeed

This whole article is ridiculous.

And so is the idea of "spatial planning through interlocking circles".  Societies need clearly-delineated competencies and responsibilities to further economic and cultural 'health'.  They do NOT need "interlocking circles" to obscure responsibilities.

Most ridiculous of all are the conspirational-cum-conspiratorial mindset and anti-German paranoia that are on display here.  I am with 'FAB' on this one.




I appreciate the wit and irony in this article.  It's always interesting to discover historic similarities.

I have been involved professionally and indirectly (as a subcontractor) in some Interreg projects.  I think it is important to understand that Interreg is not intended to create new political entities, nor to make existing political borders disappear.  Its intention is to make the practical obstacles that borders pose to citizens and companies disappear. In order to do that, Interreg focuses on border regions that have a "natural" tendency for cooperation on a cultural, economic or infrastructural level.

For instance, in recent years a lot has been done to stimulate cooperation between the south of the Belgian province of West Flanders and the city of Lille.  One can disapprove of the constructivist intentions of the project and of the taxpayer money that is being poured over this kind of projects, but on the other hand, in this specific case it has made the region less dependent from the central government in Brussels and it has enhanced the possibilities for transnational competition and cooperation.


I did know that a certain paranoia concerning Germany is quite fashionable even among todays Brits. But could you please just scrap these ridiculous notions about the german conspiracy to dominate Europe through the EU? They are neither funny nor helpful. There definitely is no such thing, as we are subject to the usurpation of power by Brussels and the loss of democratic self-determination just like any other european people. In fact even more so, since no major political party in Germany has even the slightest reservations about surrendering our sovereignty to an uncontrollable body of unelected bureaucrats. There practically is no possibility here to express opposition to the progressive "deepening" of the union, since all relevant parties are determined to not present any alternatives on this. They more or less openly declare that a public debate on EU-matters is not supposed to take place, least of all in the context of elections. Hence, most people around here were rather relieved when the French and the Dutch put a stop to that monstrous "Constitution" project, in which the German people had no say whatsoever.
Germany dominating the EU? Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it is quite exactly the other way around.
If you wish to be taken seriously, better get rid of those close-to-insulting conspiracy theories.

Not the Germans

"But could you please just scrap these ridiculous notions about the german conspiracy to dominate Europe through the EU?"

Don't worry, FAB, we know it's really the French.

Blimey, I've just looked closely at the map. I'm French now!

Those treacherous rosbifs! I hate them all!

Bob Doney


If anything at all, they should have added France to the African continent. Africa and France have the same level of understanding of democracy: pronouncing the word 'democracy' is enough to have it.

An ominous map indeed...

I am quite supportive of the European Union insofar as it is an economic bloc and zone of military co-operation. I see the EU as a kind of very loose federation along Swiss lines, whereby each nation-state* maintains control of its society and culture (esp. immigration) while voluntarily joining with its neighbours for increased prosperity and defensive purposes.

However, these series of maps (which I examined using the links - much obliged), and they seem to correspond to classical ethno-racial or (one might say) sub-racial boundaries of Europe. These maps ingeniously overlap so as to confuse and divert, but take note:


  • Northwestern Region - "Teutons" i.e. the Teutonic heartland plus areas of significant settlement
  • Northeastern Region - "Balts, Finns, and Slavs" incl. Germans with significant Balto-Slavic ancestry
  • Alpine Region - "Alpine" peoples only
  • The other "regions" are merely ruses to: (a) supress national opposition, and (b) ensure German control.
  • In fact, Irish, Scotch, Welsh, French, Czechs, Slovaks, Iberians, Italians, Greeks, Magyars, and Southern Slavs find themselves: (a) divided, (b) "in the centre of nothing," and (c) in unrealistic groups. Essentially this scenario is not unlike apartheid, where non-White groups competed not against the Afrikaaners but amongst themselves (of course in this case it would be more swarthy Europeans).

*Incl. an independent Flemish, Basque, etc.