Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Economia e Produzione Industriale, Unione Europea

Eurostat. Produzione industriale -2.0% a/a nell’eurozona.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-09-17.

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– Industrial production down by 0.4% in euro area m/m

– In June 2019, industrial production fell by 1.4% in both the euro area and EU28.

– In July 2019 compared with July 2018, industrial production decreased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU28

The highest increases were observed in Hungary (+8.7%), Denmark and Lithuania (both +5.1%).

– the largest decreases in industrial production were registered in Estonia (-5.4%), Germany (-5.3%) and Romania (-5.2%).

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Eurostat ha rilasciato il Report:

Industrial production down by 0.4% in euro area

«July 2019 compared with June 2019

    Industrial production down by 0.4% in euro area

Down by 0.1% in EU28.

In July 2019 compared with June 2019, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In June 2019, industrial production fell by 1.4% in both the euro area and EU28.

In July 2019 compared with July 2018, industrial production decreased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU28.

Monthly comparison by main industrial grouping and by Member State

In the euro area in July 2019, compared with June 2019, production of non-durable consumer goods fell by 0.8%, energy by 0.7% and intermediate goods by 0.3%, while production of durable consumer goods rose by 1.2% and capital goods by 1.8%.

In the EU28, production of energy fell by 1.1%, while production of capital goods rose by 1.5%, durable consumer goods by 1.2%, non-durable consumer goods by 0.1% and intermediate goods remained stable.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in industrial production were registered in Romania (-3.3%), Estonia (-2.9%) and Latvia (-2.1%). The highest increases were observed in Croatia (+4.9%), Portugal (+3.6%) and Denmark (+3.5%).

Annual comparison by main industrial grouping and by Member State

In the euro area in July 2019, compared with July 2018, production of capital goods fell by 3.4%, intermediate goods by 3.0% and energy by 1.4%, while production of non-durable consumer goods rose by 1.5% and durable consumer goods by 1.8%.

In the EU28, production of capital goods fell by 2.6%, intermediate goods by 2.2% and energy by 1.7%, while production of durable consumer goods rose by 1.8% and non-durable consumer goods by 2.3%.

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in industrial production were registered in Estonia (-5.4%), Germany (-5.3%) and Romania (-5.2%). The highest increases were observed in Hungary (+8.7%), Denmark and Lithuania (both +5.1%).»

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Geographical information

The euro area (EA19) includes Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia and Finland.

The European Union (EU28) includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Considerazioni.

Sia l’Unione Europea sia l’eurozona sono in piena recessione: la produzione industriale è scesa del -2.0% anno su anno, e la discesa perduta da molti mesi, senza vederne una possibile via di uscita.

Tuttavia questa non è una sorta di maledizione divina o di catastrofe naturale: essa dipende strettamente dalle politiche economiche perseguite dai rispettivi governi, aggravate poi dai comportamenti della Commissione Europea uscente.

A riprova, per esempio l’Ungheria è passata da 107.3 del 2017Q4 ad un 115.5 del 2019Q2. La produzione industriale ungherese è aumentata del -8.7% anno su anno.

La Polonia, poi, è passata da 113 del 2017Q4 ad un 121.6 del 2019Q2.

La Germania, invece, è scesa da 106.2 del 2017Q4 a 101.1 del 2019Q2.

Non sono dati inspiegabili.

Governo Cinese convoca l’ambasciatore di Germania.

«The Chinese Ambassador to Germany said on Wednesday that a recent meeting between the German foreign minister and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong had sent “very negative signals.”»

«German companies, many of which have been impacted by the ongoing trade war between Beijing and the Washington, traded nearly €100 billion ($109.87 billion) with China in the first half of 2019»

«Beijing had repeatedly asked Berlin to deny Wong entry to Germany»

«Da fonti cinesi solitamente molto bene informate si apprende che oltre un centinaio di ditte cinesi hanno già disdetto contratti in essere con la Germania.»

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Unione Europea

Germania. I segni tangibili della devoluzione liberal socialista.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-08-05.

Caravaggio. Conversione San Paolo. 1601. Collezione Odescalchi.

Negli ultimi tempi è accaduta una congerie di fatti nuovi, segni evidenti della devoluzione dell’ideologia socialista. Alcuni sono semplicemente evidenti, altri richiedono un po’ di pazienza per essere inquadrati.

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von der Leyen, Polonia ed Ungheria e gli identitari sovranisti indispensabili.. 2019-07-21

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PPE e S&D hanno perso nelle elezioni circa quaranta seggi ciascuno, e con essi la maggioranza parlamentare. L’alleanza con le formazioni liberal è possibile, ma nei fatti si sono rese evidenti profonde dilacerazioni all’interno di quei gruppi parlamentari.  Sono tutto tranne che un fronte coeso e compatto.

A far precipitare la situazione è stata la presa di coscienza del Consiglio Europeo di essere l’organo comunitario deliberante, ove un nucleo di undici nazioni ha bocciato clamorosamente i candidati del PPE, Herr Weber, e di S&D, Herr Timmermans.

La nomination di Frau Ursula von der Leyen è stata possibile solo dopo che Frau Merkel in persona è andata a piatire i voti del PiS, con una lunga telefonata prima con Mr Morawiecki e quindi con Mr Kaczyński.

Gli identitari sovranisti hanno raccolto la sfida convogliando i voti del PiS, di Fidesz e del M5S su Frau von der Leyen, assicurandole una strettissima maggioranza, a monito di quanto potrebbe accadere in futuro.

I liberal socialisti hanno esperito una bruciante débâcle, proprio nel momento in cui credevano di aver ottenuto la vittoria totale.

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Al momento attuale dovrebbe essere chiaro che i liberal socialisti non sono tecnicamente in grado di perseguire il loro programma, né nel Consiglio Europeo né in europarlamento. La loro dottrina basata sull’immigrazione selvaggia ed illegale, sugli lgbt, sulle ngo, sul ‘clima’ e sul rule of law troverà grandissime e comprovate resistenze.

Adesso sembrerebbero cercare una qualche via di fuga. Un po’ come la volpe sotto l’uva.

Che Kaczyński, Orban e Salvini abbiano posto delle condizioni dovrebbe essere cosa ovvia.

Nulla è trapelato e Frau von der Leyen è quanto mai abbottonata, ma questo editoriale del Deutsche Welle la conta davvero molto lunga.

Questa è la testata ufficiale del Governo tedesco, edita in 34 lingua, a direzione socialdemocratica di strettissima osservanza: gente per la quale Lenin era un borghese capitalista, adoratori di Mr Soros.

I suoi articoli veementi contro Polonia, Ungheria,Romania ed Italia erano un concentrato tossico di odio verso gli identitari sovranisti, rei di non volersi sottomettere alla loro volontà egemone.

Polonia ed Ungheria erano i suoi obiettivi preferiti, a causa delle riforme dell’ordinamento giudiziario. Come minimo, li definivano ‘illiberali’, ‘antidemocratici’, ‘totalitari’. ‘nazisti’: in poche parole gente che avrebbe dovuto essere scacciata malo modo dall’Unione Europea.

Kontrordine, Kompagni!!

«The president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wants a more objective debate about the rule of law in Europe.»

«The European Commission and countries such as Poland and Hungary have been arguing for years now about issues related to the rule of law.»

«Only one legal body — the European Court of Justice — has managed to induce the Polish government to revise some controversial decisions»

«However, Warsaw refuses to be told what to do by politicians in Berlin and Brussels. This has little to do with politics; it’s more of a psychological issue.»

«As Germany’s minister of defense, she took the eastern countries and their concerns — fears of Russian expansion, for example — very seriously.»

«Many now fear this means von der Leyen will allow herself to be instrumentalized by the populists, and will take an indulgent view of their controversial judicial reforms»

«The incoming Commission president is making use of the change of personnel to establish her own way of dealing with the constitutional renegades. If she were immediately to start lecturing her partners in the east, or threatening them with cuts to their EU funding before even sitting down at the table with them, she wouldn’t get any further than her predecessors»

«The real surprise is not, in fact, her approach to the eastern states, but a proposal she has made: Von der Leyen has advocated a monitoring system to scrutinize all member states and enforce the rule of law»

«She wants to avoid the impression that one part of Europe is essentially criticizing the other.

This is indeed the impression that many have in Eastern Europe. The general opinion there is that western states have serious legal deficiencies too, but they don’t want to discuss them«»

«Germany is frequently mentioned in this regard. Judges are elected to the German Constitutional Court by both the parliament and the representative assembly of the federal states — the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. In practice, though, the two main political parties, the CDU and the SPD, essentially take turns to nominate a candidate, who then obtains a majority.»

«But if all European countries are to be on an equal footing when discussing the rule of law, they should all also be allowed to question this. It would be helpful if the government were to explain the reasoning to those who don’t understand it calmly»

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I giornalisti del Deutsche Welle hanno voltato in un attosecondo la gualdrappa, nel vano tentativo che ci si dimentichie chi erano e fossero. Ma per loro malasorte la gente ha ottima memoria.

Il cuore del discorso è questo:

«Germany is frequently mentioned in this regard. Judges are elected to the German Constitutional Court by both the parliament and the representative assembly of the federal states — the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. In practice, though, the two main political parties, the CDU and the SPD, essentially take turns to nominate a candidate, who then obtains a majority.»

Polonia, Ungheria, Romania e molti altri stati sono stati demonizzati perché avevano operato delle riforme del sistema giudiziario sulla falsariga di quello tedesco. Contro Polonia ed Ungheria è persino iniziata l’azione a mente dell’art sette, ossia la cacciata dall’Unione Europea.

Due pesi e due misure.

Se la Germania nomina in via politica giudici costituzionali nelle persone di chiara posizione politica sarebbe manovra altamente democratica e perfettamente in linea con i principi ispiratori dell’Unione. Ma se Polonia ed Ungheria facessero ciò sarebbe la lampante evidenza di quanto quei governi siano totalitari, dittatoriali, nazionalsocialisti, e via quant’altro.

Vedremo con il tempo quanto la Ursula von der Leyen saprà gestire la situazione.

Pacta servanda sunt.


Deutsche Welle. 2019-07-21. Opinion: Open discussions, not ingratiation

The president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wants a more objective debate about the rule of law in Europe. But that doesn’t mean she’ll cozy up to the populists, says DW’s Rosalia Romaniec.

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The European Commission and countries such as Poland and Hungary have been arguing for years now about issues related to the rule of law. The EU’s executive body has been critical, for example, of measures that restrict the independence of the judiciary and the media. So far, though, little has been achieved: There hasn’t been much concrete progress at the political level.

Only one legal body — the European Court of Justice — has managed to induce the Polish government to revise some controversial decisions. Its judgments are respected. However, Warsaw refuses to be told what to do by politicians in Berlin and Brussels. This has little to do with politics; it’s more of a psychological issue.

One person who has never fallen into the trap of criticizing or talking down to her fellow leaders is Angela Merkel. Although their positions often differ, the German chancellor always manages to strike the right tone with her Eastern European counterparts. No western politician is more respected in the east than she is.

Clearly, Ursula von der Leyen wants to build on this. As Germany’s minister of defense, she took the eastern countries and their concerns — fears of Russian expansion, for example — very seriously. This was one reason why delegates from Poland’s national-conservative PiS party didn’t find it hard to vote for her as president of the European Commission.

Fresh approach

Many now fear this means von der Leyen will allow herself to be instrumentalized by the populists, and will take an indulgent view of their controversial judicial reforms. This idea, however, is simply nonsense.

The incoming Commission president is making use of the change of personnel to establish her own way of dealing with the constitutional renegades. If she were immediately to start lecturing her partners in the east, or threatening them with cuts to their EU funding before even sitting down at the table with them, she wouldn’t get any further than her predecessors. And that’s not far enough for a Europe that must work together to resolve not only constitutional deficiencies, but other problems as well.

Von der Leyen hasn’t ruled out taking the toughest action, like cutting subsidies, as a final resort, but she’s not going to do this right now. She’ll wait for the pending decision from the European Court of Justice before upping the political pressure — especially as she doesn’t actually take office until November.

Read more: The EU in 2019: Challenges and crises await 

Monitoring for all member states

The real surprise is not, in fact, her approach to the eastern states, but a proposal she has made: Von der Leyen has advocated a monitoring system to scrutinize all member states and enforce the rule of law. She wants to avoid the impression that one part of Europe is essentially criticizing the other.

This is indeed the impression that many have in Eastern Europe. The general opinion there is that western states have serious legal deficiencies too, but they don’t want to discuss them. Germany is frequently mentioned in this regard. Judges are elected to the German Constitutional Court by both the parliament and the representative assembly of the federal states — the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. In practice, though, the two main political parties, the CDU and the SPD, essentially take turns to nominate a candidate, who then obtains a majority. The idea is to ensure that the country’s highest judges represent different political positions.

But if all European countries are to be on an equal footing when discussing the rule of law, they should all also be allowed to question this. It would be helpful if the government were to explain the reasoning to those who don’t understand it calmly, matter-of-factly. A European monitoring system would help with this. “Nobody’s perfect,” von der Leyen commented. She may well have a point.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Zeit. Se non ci fosse lo si dovrebbe inventare. La voce di Soros.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-28.

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Con il Deutsche Welle, lo Zeit è una di quelle testate giornalistiche intrinsecamente liberal socialiste. Non solo.

Come propaggine dell’impero di Mr Soros, ne riporta fedelmente la voce, senza se e senza ma.

A cosa mai serve, visto che tratta non tanto notizie recenti quanto piuttosto approfondimenti?

Se il lettore è ideologizzato liberal socialista, leggendo lo Zeit resta aggiornato sulla epistemologia liberal, approfondendo il contenuto dell’episteme aggiornandone la lessicologia. In poche parole, è testo fondamentale di ermeneutica liberal.

Se il lettore non condivide invece tale ideologia, basta leggere lo Zeit e credere sia vero l’esatto contrario di quanto riportato.

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A seguito alleghiamo un articolo, magistrale dal suo punto di vista, scritto sotto lo pseudonimo di Beda Magyar, di un ex-docente della Central European University di Budapest. Questa era l’università fondata da Mr Soros in persona, che ebbe anche massima cura nello scegliere un corpo docente perfettamente allineato.

L’autore ha il dente avvelenato.

Mr Orban ha chiuso la Central European University, ha regolamentato le ngo che ancora operano in suolo magiaro, è un identitario sovranista, non gradisce per nulla gli lgbt, sta anche epurando la magistratura ungherese dai giudici comunisti, fedeli osservanti dell’ideologia liberal.

L’autore non menziona il fatto che Mr Orban abbia svolto ruolo fondamentale nel bocciare la candidatura dello Spitzenkandidat Herr Weber prima, e quella di Herr Timmermans dopo. Poi, i suoi voti in europarlamento sono stati fondamentali per conferire la nomina a presidente della Commissione Europea a Frau Ursula von der Leyen. Roba da far annegare nella bile qualsiasi liberal.

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Lasciando la lettura ai lettori, vorremmo fare solo due commenti.

Lo pseudonimo Beda Magyar è già tutto un programma. Beda è nome irlandese, non magiaro, essendo universalmente noto Beda il Venerabile, cui l’anonimo autore simpaticamente si atteggia.  Molto modestamente richiama alla mente come sia proprio da Beda il Venerabile che Francesco ha tratto il proprio motto: “Miserando atque eligendo”.  Come Beda, questo anonimo autore si rivolge con fare autoritativo a tutto il mondo.

«Hungary is lost»

Questa è l’unica cosa vera detta dall’articolo.

L’Ungheria di Mr Orban né si è piegata né intende piegarsi ai liberal socialisti dal loro punto di vista è definitivamente persa. Dal punto di vista libera è persa.

Ma se Mr Soros ha perso l’Ungheria proprio mentre era al culmine della sua potenza, ora che barcolla più facilmente altre nazioni si riapproprieranno della propria dignità identitaria.

Prof Beda Magyar scaglia quindi su Mr Orban e sull’Ungheria l’anatema.

Nel Q1 del 2019 l’Ungheria ha visto il pil crescere del 5.2%, e sono cinque anni che questo parametro è in crescita. Se si tenesse conto di settanta anni di usbergo comunista e poi di gestione di maggiorenti di eguale dottrina, sembrerebbe essere un quadro non identificabile con la condizione di miseria che riporta l’autore.

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Nelle elezioni del 26 maggio 2018 il Fidesz aveva ottenuto il 52.6% dei suffragi: i liberal socialisti si rodano pure il fegato dall’invidia.


Zeit. 2019-07-27. Hungary Is Lost

Viktor Orbán is destroying Hungary’s democracy. The institutions, the legal system and the social fabric are nothing but a pile of rubble. And the EU let it happen.

The author is a Hungarian academic, formerly with Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. At the end of 2018 pressure from the government of Viktor Orbán forced the CEU to move to Vienna, Austria, at least partially. Beda Magyar is a pseudonym, ZEIT ONLINE is aware of his real identity.

Hungary has committed suicide in plain sight, and it has done so with the inept assistance of the European Union – while the rest of the member states stand by and watch helplessly. The death dance of democracy has begun again, just like in the 20th century, by painting human rights, freedom of the press, judicial independence, science and art to be political questions. By portraying facts and reality as a matter of threatened identity. And by depicting hate and violations of the law as moral obligations. This is not just taking place within the EU, this is the EU itself, living up to the delirious nightmares of the far right. What right-wing nationalists call “bureaucrats taking away national identities” means, in practice, that Brussels continues to provide full financial support even as mentally ill rulers dictate the destruction of entire countries – their art, literature and science – in the name of resisting interference in domestic affairs, and by keeping borders open for those chased away. The mass moral hysteria of Hungarian political conservativism is the driving force of the cold civil war that has been battering Hungary since 2002. Is there a way out for Europe from the mess it has created?

1 The Current State of Hungary

Hungary would not even be in a position to start accession talks to the EU with its current legal system and state structures. Luckily for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the EU contracts have proved easy to breach without serious consequences in the past decade. There is a façade of press freedom, but there has been no broadly distributed independent press since the passing of the media law of 2011. State propaganda allows a few showcase media outlets with minimal reach to continue functioning, but most independent press outlets have, by now, been acquired and shut down by the ruling party, Fidesz. There is an appearance of human rights, but the constitution of 2012 makes them contingent on yet unspecified obligations toward the state, and laws are bendable in the extreme by loyal judges. Elections are free on paper, but they are clearly not fair. Government propaganda depicts Hungary, a country with practically zero immigration, as the last fortress standing in the way of “invasion” by “subhuman migrant herds,” an allusion to Ottoman times, while being attacked for resisting migration by the decadent liberal elites of the EU, an allusion to the Habsburg era. Meanwhile, refugees are being systematically starved in distant internment camps.

The economy is in a dire state, sustained by the artificial life support of EU funds and four to five huge German companies, and even then, the numbers are heavily doctored. Because Orbán has never had any real plan for the country apart from siphoning money off from wherever it is still possible, Hungary has been in a complete deadlock since he took power eight years ago.

Four million people live below the poverty line and one million are in extreme poverty – in a country of fewer than 10 million. Doctors and nurses have been leaving hospitals in droves and the most recent cancer treatment medications are officially denied to people above the age of 75. The economy has been in steady decline since 2008, unemployment is masked by community work programs that pay about half the minimal wage – and which are compulsory for job seekers or those seeking unemployment benefits – and homelessness has been made a crime. Poverty is as palpable on the streets of Budapest as it was in the early 1990s, and the €87 million provided weekly by the EU is channeled with no monitoring almost directly into the pockets of four or five oligarchs loyal to Orbán.

And then there are the three cherries on top. First, on Oct. 1, 2018, Fidesz changed the law regulating demonstrations such that a meeting of two individuals counts as a political gathering, just as it did under communism. Second, several opposition politicians are under investigation after they attempted to exercise their right to enter public TV premises in December to demand extra airtime for five political demands – beyond the five minutes they got during the 2018 election campaign. Third, the government is silently preparing to establish a set of courts under its direct control for cases concerning the state, a move that would essentially mean the end of the separation of powers.

The brutalization of press and society has reached levels seen in the 1930s. There are, to be sure, no systematic political murders or incarcerations of opposition figures or journalists. But there is a complete lack of organized left-wing mass-movements. And it does not mean that there would not be inexplicable deaths from time to time, with a dubious role of the state, for example, an opposition candidate being hit by a car just the day before the elections, or a shady businessman in a police car, or the owner of the source code of the software administering EU funds, right after he sold it to the government, by heart attack.

Orbán’s main focus is that of creating wedge issues to distract from his conduct and maintain the social divide, usually by identifying scapegoats that make it easy for his followers to express their loyalty and identity. The government has carried out the most comprehensive, fascist-style nationwide hate campaigns since World War II. The first one targeted Syrian refugees in summer 2015, with sayings like: “If you come to Hungary you must obey our laws” or “If you come to Hungary you cannot take away the jobs of the Hungarians.” In summer 2016, another campaign accused the United Nations and the EU of intending to forcibly relocate millions of migrants to Hungary. Now, in preparation for upcoming European Parliament elections, a third campaign is targeting EU leadership itself.

By now, Hungarians have become one of the most hateful peoples in Europe, if not the most hateful. Officially, these crusades are “information campaigns” from the government, a designation that essentially allows for the diversion of unlimited funds to support Fidesz, even during election campaigns – so far this year the government has spent over €300,000 a day for this purpose. The opposition, meanwhile, is practically banned from the public eye. The campaigns also pave the way for Orbán to leave the EU altogether, should his personal costs outweigh his personal benefits.

One of the most important issues of Orbán’s identity politics, raised in preparation for the 2018 elections, was another hate campaign, this time targeting an old/new enemy: George Soros. Soros is an ideal target, as he simultaneously represents the Jewish banker, the “communist” philanthrope and the values of open society and liberalism. The “Soros-plan,” in Orbán’s telling, calls for the forceful planting of illegal economic migrants in Hungary by paying each of them €2,000 to €3,000, a plan that has already allegedly poisoned and corrupted the EU. This narrative is a potent mixture of elements from Hungary’s history, including Hungary’s defense of Europe and Christianity from the Ottoman empire since the 15th century (represented today by Muslim, mostly Syrian war-refugees framed as “economic migrants”), the freedom fight against Austria in 1848 (with the emphasis now on raw nationalism and “Hungarian-ness”), the revolution against the USSR in 1956 (outsmarting the greatest powers of Europe), and the defeat of invisible evil forces (the Jews), who destroy everything that is dear: the sacred values of nationalism embodied by the slogan “Isten, haza, család” or “God, homeland, family.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

von der Leyen, Polonia ed Ungheria e gli identitari sovranisti indispensabili..

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-21.

Volpe e maschera

«O quanta forma, sed cerebrum non habet!» Fedro.


Buona pratica politica sarebbe quella di meditare più su chi ha perso piuttosto su chi ha vinto.

Von der Leyen vote: Europe’s media welcome EU Commission choice

«Poland’s conservative Rzeszpospolita points out that all MEPs representing Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) backed the former German defence minister. This, the paper says, gives Warsaw reasons to hope that “the new European Commission will not resume the ideological crusade, which [Dutch Socialist] Frans Timmermans ran”, and that “Brussels will abandon all its fantasies about the formation of a European army and the weakening of Nato”. ….

Many European papers point out that von der Leyen owes her victory to a batch of crucial votes garnered from the European Parliament’s Eurosceptic wing.

Libération says even though it was a secret ballot, it was clear she relied on the support of Italy’s Five Star Movement and Poland’s ruling PiS as they had said in advance they were supporting her.»


Per meglio potersi spiegare, riassumiamo per punti.

– Il Consiglio Europeo ha bocciato Herr Weber, lo Spitzenkandidat del partito popolare europeo;

– Quindi, il Consiglio Europeo ha bocciato Herr Timmermans, lo Spitzenkandidat del partito socialista europeo;

– Infine, il Consiglio Europeo ha bocciato la proposta di Frau Merkel di far fare una staffetta tra i due Spitzenkandidaten.

– Italia, paesi del Visegrad fino a concorrenza di undici stati sono stati i voti determinanti nel decretare la sconfitta dei partiti tradizionali e nel far convergere la scelta, la nomination, su Frau von der Leyen..

Ma ciò che conta è la sconfitta, prima alle elezioni con perdita di ottanta seggi e della maggioranza, poi nel Consiglio Europeo, subita dai partiti tradizionali, Ppe ed S&D. Sono loro i veri perdenti.

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Nelle votazioni in sede di parlamento europeo, Frau Ursula von der Leyen è uscita con 383 voti, ossia con uno scarto di soli sette voti sugli elettori presenti in aula. Sono stati determinanti i voti dei parlamentari provenienti dal M5S, PiS e Fidesz, ossia di un nutrito gruppo di identitari sovranisti.

Ma anche in questa occasione importa vedere chi ha perso, ossia lo schieramento delle sinistre.

Che poi i media liberal socialisti neghino queste evidenze è affar loro: se si fossero comportati in modo diverso sarebbero ancora al potere: quindi, non lamentiamocene troppo.

«Poland and Hungary have both claimed their votes were crucial to the election of new EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, in the hope of getting benefits from the new executive»

«Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS) has 26 MEPs, while Hungary’s Fidesz has 13»

«I am a cautious optimist. The president of the European commission gives hope for a new opening»

«Morawiecki said he told Merkel and von der Leyen about his “dissatisfaction with breaking EU norms and standards”, when Szydlo was not given the chair position even though parliamentary rules allow for PiS to get the post»

«Morawiecki said in a tweet – suggesting Poland’s support for von der Leyen should also translate over to the negotiations over the EU’s long-term budget.»

«Poland and Hungary both have ongoing rule of law procedures against them, and had clashed with the commission led by outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker over judicial independence and backlisting on democratic norms»

«Hungary’s government also suggested Budapest was looking to cash in on their votes from von der Leyen»

«In curbing migration, the new European commission president will also have to play a leading role in establishing stronger European borders and developing a culture where the states that undertake vast border protection efforts are rewarded rather than punished»

«Ursula von der Leyen prevailed by only a thin margin, one that she wouldn’t have had without the support of Fidesz-KDNP and, of course, prime minister Viktor Orban»

«But Hungary’s ongoing support is not unconditional: we have definite expectations of the new EC president and we will look out for the interests of the Hungarian people every step of the way»

«Poland is eyeing for the energy portfolio in the commission, while Hungary is reportedly bidding for the enlargement profile»

«the Polish and Italian PM both supported von der Leyen in the European Council, so their parties had an obligation to enforce the decision of their leaders»

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Riassumiamo.

Gli equilibri nell’Unione Europea sono mutati, ed anche di molto. I liberal socialisti occupano ancora posti di potere, ma non più quelli strategici.

Ovviamente, nulla trapela degli accordi intercorsi, e nulla vieta il pensare che potrebbero anche non essere mantenuti.

Tuttavia il Consiglio Europeo deve prendere decisioni alla unanimità, ed a quel punto Italia, Polonia ed Ungheria potrebbero far valere la loro cruciale importanza.


EU Observer. 2019-07-18. PiS & Fidesz claim credit for von der Leyen victory

Poland and Hungary have both claimed their votes were crucial to the election of new EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, in the hope of getting benefits from the new executive.

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters on Tuesday (16 July) evening von der Leyen was a compromise candidate.

“I am a cautious optimist. The president of the European commission gives hope for a new opening,” he said, a few hours after the German was approved by a wafer-thin margin of nine MEPs on Tuesday evening.

The female conservative politician was backed by 383 members of the European Parliament, in a secret ballot, with 327 against and 22 abstentions.

Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS) has 26 MEPs, while Hungary’s Fidesz has 13.

Conservative PiS performed a U-turn after initially refusing to support von der Leyen, after their MEP, former prime minister Beata Szydlo was voted down as chair of the employment committee of the parliament – by liberal and socialist MEPs.

The PiS, however, blamed the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), from where von der Leyen hails.

Germany’s Christian Democratic party (CDU) secretary-general Paul Ziemiak met on Sunday in Warsaw with PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and then Morawiecki and German chancellor Angela Merkel had a phone conversation on Tuesday.

Morawiecki said he told Merkel and von der Leyen about his “dissatisfaction with breaking EU norms and standards”, when Szydlo was not given the chair position even though parliamentary rules allow for PiS to get the post.

‘Say thanks’

He said PiS MEPs votes had been “decisive” for von der Leyen.

“You can say that thanks to us, there is no chaos, because the whole puzzle regarding top positions would be crumbling. We have turned out to be those who have kept up the stability,” MEP Ryszard Legutko told the Polish news agency.

PiS politicians expressed their hope that Poland would get a strong portfolio in the next commission in exchange for their votes.

“We showed our effectiveness and the fact that we are in favour of a Europe of normality,” Morawiecki said in a tweet – suggesting Poland’s support for von der Leyen should also translate over to the negotiations over the EU’s long-term budget.

The Polish PM added that with the new commission chief, Poland could come to a common position on security, energy and climate issues.

Poland and Hungary both have ongoing rule of law procedures against them, and had clashed with the commission led by outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker over judicial independence and backlisting on democratic norms.

Hungary’s government also suggested Budapest was looking to cash in on their votes from von der Leyen.

“In curbing migration, the new European commission president will also have to play a leading role in establishing stronger European borders and developing a culture where the states that undertake vast border protection efforts are rewarded rather than punished,” Hungarian state secretary Zoltan Kovacs wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

‘Not unconditional’

“Ursula von der Leyen prevailed by only a thin margin, one that she wouldn’t have had without the support of Fidesz-KDNP and, of course, prime minister Viktor Orban,” he added, referring to the ruling government coalition.

“But Hungary’s ongoing support is not unconditional: we have definite expectations of the new EC president and we will look out for the interests of the Hungarian people every step of the way,” Kovacs wrote.

Poland is eyeing for the energy portfolio in the commission, while Hungary is reportedly bidding for the enlargement profile, something it fought for five years ago as well.

Milan Nic, a senior fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, told EUobserver that most of the boasting by Warsaw and Budapest is for the domestic audience.

He pointed out that the Polish and Italian PM both supported von der Leyen in the European Council, so their parties had an obligation to enforce the decision of their leaders.

Nic said von der Leyen could offer portfolios to Warsaw, but Poland should not expect the new commission chief to be backing down on rule of law issues.

Von der Leyen will be under the “highest scrutiny from the very beginning” on rule of law, precisely because of the strong opposition from Poland and Hungary to Dutch lead candidate and commission vice president Frans Timmermans for the top job.

Daniel Hegedus, a fellow with the German Marshall Fund told EUobserver that Poland and Hungary should not expect special treatment, as von der Leyen’s victory was not only down to those two countries.

“I would not expect short term gestures towards Warsaw and Budapest, the EU budget negotiations and commission portfolios would be priority for these countries, but could not expect an easing of pressure on rule of law from von der Leyen,” he added.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Unione Europea, Commissione uscente e Visegrad.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-19.

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La maggioranza europarlamentare tra Ppe ed S&D è crollata sotto il peso delle sue contraddizioni.

Contravvenendo alle più elementari regole di buon vivere politico, la Commissione Europea uscente tenta ora il colpo grosso nei confronti dei paesi del Visegrad, rei di aver destabilizzato il vecchio status quo europeo.

La Commissione di Mr Juncker vorrebbe poter arrivare ad escludere Polonia ed Ungheria dal Consiglio Europeo, così da suggellare con questo atto la propria fuoriuscita dalla scena politica.

Oggetto del contendere è il rule of law, termine con il quale i liberal socialisti intendono l’asservimento ideologico dei giudici alla loro ideologia, mezzo oltremodo potente per poter dominare situazioni nelle quali non siano riusciti a conquistarsi una supremazia elettorale.

Questo problema è sentito in molti paesi europei, ma specialmente in Polonia ed in Ungheria.

I loro tribunali, ivi comprese le relative corti costituzionali, sono occupate in gran parte da giudici ideologicamente schierati, che si ingegnano a fare tutto il loro possibile per ostacolare i legittimi governi in carica, legittimamente eletti.

«The European Commission is to propose annual rule-of-law checks on all EU states amid tensions with Hungary, Poland, and Romania»

«Its proposal, to be unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday (17 July), is to model the legal screening on the annual fiscal reviews carried out by EU officials on national debt and deficits»

«It would also include a yearly high-level EU conference on rule of law with NGOs and academics to highlight abuse»

«The proposal comes after EU institutions triggered sanctions procedures against Hungary and Poland for meddling with their courts and other abuses of EU democratic norms»

«The sanctions could, in theory, see Hungary and Poland’s votes suspended in the EU Council»

«But such a move would require unanimity, with Budapest and Warsaw pledging to veto each other’s punishments, and with Lithuania’s new president Gitanas Nauseda, also promising to shield Poland»

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Staremo a vedere come si articoleranno gli eventi.

Una cosa sembrerebbe però emergere chiaramente: ben difficilmente il Consiglio Europeo voterebbe a maggioranza assoluta la sospensione di paesi quali la Polonia e la Ungheria.


EU Observer. 2019-07-17. Poland ‘optimistic’ despite new EU law checks

The European Commission is to propose annual rule-of-law checks on all EU states amid tensions with Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

Its proposal, to be unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday (17 July), is to model the legal screening on the annual fiscal reviews carried out by EU officials on national debt and deficits, according to the Reuters news agency.

It would also include a yearly high-level EU conference on rule of law with NGOs and academics to highlight abuse, Reuters added.

EU interior ministers are likely to discuss the idea when they meet in Brussels on Thursday.

The proposal comes after EU institutions triggered sanctions procedures against Hungary and Poland for meddling with their courts and other abuses of EU democratic norms.

The European Commission also warned Romania on sanctions and won a court injunction to stop Poland firing its Supreme Court judges.

The sanctions could, in theory, see Hungary and Poland’s votes suspended in the EU Council.

But such a move would require unanimity, with Budapest and Warsaw pledging to veto each other’s punishments, and with Lithuania’s new president Gitanas Nauseda, also promising to shield Poland.

“We should not be pursuing the path of sanctions, but the path of a better mutual understanding,” Nauseda said in Warsaw on Tuesday.

The sanctions threats were a “form of oppression”, Polish president Andrzej Duda added.

Hungary and Poland had previously complained they were being singled out unfairly and the proposed annual reviews of all 28 EU countries could help to take the heat off their administrations.

Acting as a bloc with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, they lobbied against the nomination of Dutch commissioner Frans Timmermans – who oversaw the EU sanctions process – to be the next commission chief.

The German minister who got the post on Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, has also said she would take a hard line, including EU budget cuts for unruly capitals.

Timmermans’ future role in her commission remains uncertain, however.

She also had to rely on the votes of MEPs from Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), in order to secure her nomination in a European Parliament vote.

And for his part, the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, hinted in Berlin on Tuesday that there was a quid pro quo.

He said Poland had wanted a commission chief who “built bridges” instead of one [Timmermans] who “lectures, scolds, divides, and creates conflicts in Europe”.

German chancellor Angela Merkel had earlier phoned him to solicit PiS’ support for von der Leyen, Morawiecki told press alongside Merkel in the German capital.

“I am a cautious optimist. I believe we will have a partner on the other side completely different from the one [Timmermans] who posed a threat to central Europe by his lack of understanding and unfair treatment of Poland,” Morawiecki added.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ong - Ngo, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Accademia delle Scienze bonificata dai liberal socialisti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-07-08.

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L’Occidente liberal socialista si picca di essere la quintessenza della democrazia, della libertà di parola della tolleranza.

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«Lasciate che vi dica qualcosa dei mei problemi con la ragazze. Tre cose succedono quando le donne sono in un laboratorio: tu ti innamori di loro, loro si innamorano di te e poi, quando le critichi, scoppiano a piangere».

Per questa frase il Premio Nobel Tim Hunt è stato obbligato a dare le dimissioni.

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E che dire del comportamento verso il Premio Nobel Feynman?

«Il 28 gennaio 1986 la navetta spaziale Challenger esplose in diretta televisiva, con l’equipaggio a bordo. Quattro mesi dopo Richard Feynman, in un’altra diretta televisiva, spiegò il disastro immergendo una delle guarnizioni di gomma della navetta in un bicchiere di acqua gelata e mostrando che si spaccava: uno smacco per la Nasa, ma un successo mediatico per lui.» [Fonte]

A new feminist attack on Richard Feynman

«Feynman used to pretend to be a student so he could ask undergraduate women out. I suspect that this kind of behavior on the part of a contemporary professor would almost certainly lead to harsh disciplinary action, as it should» [Fonte]

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«“A few years after I gave some lectures for the freshmen at Caltech (which were published as the Feynman Lectures on Physics), I received a long letter from a feminist group. I was accused of being anti-women because of two stories: the first was a discussion of the subtleties of velocity, and involved a woman driver being stopped by a cop. There’s a discussion about how fast she was going, and I had her raise valid objections to the cop’s definitions of velocity. The letter said I was making the women look stupid.

The other story they objected to was told by the great astronomer Arthur Eddington, who had just figured out that the stars get their power from burning hydrogen in a nuclear reaction producing helium. He recounted how, on the night after his discovery, he was sitting on a bench with his girlfriend. She said, “Look how pretty the stars shine!” To which he replied, “Yes, and right now, I’m the only man in the world who knows how they shine.” He was describing a kind of wonderful loneliness you have when you make a discovery.

The letter claimed that I was saying a women is incapable of understanding nuclear reactions.

I figured there was no point in trying to answer their accusations in detail, so I wrote a short letter back to them: “Don’t bug me, Man!”»

Bene. Un gruppetto di femministe scatenate gli impedì di tenere una sua conferenza alla Stanford University.

Delle oche starnazzanti contro uno dei maggiori scienziati dell’ultimo secolo.

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Provatevi in un campus liberal a dire che sostenete Mr Trump, oppure che gli lgbt sono solo malati mentali, curabili: vi crocefiggono.

Da più fastidio l’ipocrisi che la ideologia liberal socialista.

Orbene: questi che si definiscono il prototipo dei democratici si stanno adesso scagliando contro l’Ungheria.

Questa nazione sta semplicemente proseguendo la difficile opera di bonificare le proprie istituzioni dai liberal socialisti, esattamente come in altri tempi si procedette alla denazificazione.

«Nationalist politicians in Budapest appear to be stepping up their attacks on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with a controversial change to its research funding system and a broadside against social scientists funded by the Academy»

«Immigration, homosexual rights and gender science – these topics occupy the researchers of the Academy …. are politically suspicious, suggesting that the government should have a “greater insight” into the Academy’s work.»

«The article features a roster of scientists of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Academy who study gender, migration, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ policies»

«The attack comes only days after the Hungarian government proposed changes to its research funding system that puts the newly formed Ministry for Innovation and Technology in charge of decisions over what research topics can be funded or not in the institutes of the Academy»

«The ministry will directly manage HUF 29.1 billion in support of higher education institutions for research and development, HUF 12.7 billion for the National Scientific Research Fund and HUF 28.1 billion for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences»

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Soros George. Uno stato negli stati. Ecco i suoi principali voivodati.

NGOs And The Mechanics Of Hybrid War

Ungheria. Orban vara misure per nascite e famiglie.

Orbán rimpatria in Ungheria gli ungheresi emigrati in Venezuela.

Orban fa cessare gli studi universitari sul gender.

Orban abolisce lauree e corsi di studio sul ‘gender’.

Orban scaccia Soros e vince la Unione Europea. E siamo solo agli inizi.

Orban contro Soros. Nuova legge sulle Ong.

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Il clangore delle urla che levano i iberal socialisti è indice sicuro di quanto Mr Orban abbia colpito in modo forte e duro i residui centri liberal in Ungheria, dai quali gli ideologi dell’Unione Europea avrebbero contato di condizionare l’Ungheria.

Ma adesso le voci di Juncker, Tusk, Macron e Merkel arrivano sempre più fievoli in terra magiara, e se Frau von der Leyen vuole mantenersi i voti degli undici stati che la hanno supportata in Consiglio Europeo deve ben guardarsene dall’interferire negli affari interni di quel paese.

Prossima tappa, la rimozione di tutti i giudici collusi con i liberal socialisti.

È finita un’era. Piaccia o meno.


Orbán allies target Hungarian social scientists, in battle with Academy of Sciences

Nationalist politicians in Budapest appear to be stepping up their attacks on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with a controversial change to its research funding system and a broadside against social scientists funded by the Academy.

An article published by Hungarian pro-government magazine Figyelo, titled “Immigration, homosexual rights and gender science – these topics occupy the researchers of the Academy”, claims that the research topics of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are politically suspicious, suggesting that the government should have a “greater insight” into the Academy’s work.

The article features a roster of scientists of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Academy who study gender, migration, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ policies.

The attack comes only days after the Hungarian government proposed changes to its research funding system that puts the newly formed Ministry for Innovation and Technology in charge of decisions over what research topics can be funded or not in the institutes of the Academy. It also follows a long-running campaign by the government to close or evict the country’s top-rated institution, the Central European University, founded by philanthropist George Soros.

Researchers targeted in the Figyelo article warn that the new law will allow the ministry to control the budget of the research institutes and to dictate conditions for all decisions with financial consequences from research programmes to personnel matters, said Judit Takacs, a research chair of the Academy’s department for social relations and network analysis.

“It leaves one feeling nauseous to have one’s work and name used as part of a propaganda campaign against academic autonomy,” Takacs said.

Róza Vajda, a junior research fellow at the department for Methodology and History of Research in the Academy who was also on the Figyelo list, said that the article is providing a narrative support to aid the policy changes considered by the government. By changing the rules for funding research the government “creates financial dependency which means political dependency,” said Vajda.

The Ministry for Innovation and Technology and Figyelo did not respond to requests for comment.

New research funding policy

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the dominant research organisation in the country – both funding and conducting research at the country’s universities. It dates to 1825, but has lately been clashing with the rightist government. The Academy’s web site currently features a prominent statement opposing the government’s funding plans.

Until now, the Academy was allocated an independent budget, but the new rules prepared by the government propose that all public funding for research should be allocated through the new Ministry of Innovation and Technology, led by Laszlo Palkovics.

The ministry will directly manage HUF 29.1 billion in support of higher education institutions for research and development, HUF 12.7 billion for the National Scientific Research Fund and HUF 28.1 billion for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The government says the unified coordination will allow the ministry to oversee the use of national funds “as efficiently as possible”. “The priorities of the research areas should be prioritised [sic] and coordinated in the interest of the best use of resources, universities, academia and companies.”

Under the same policy strategy, the minister, Palkovics, dismissed the chairman of the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI), József Pálinkás, “as he expects the future operation of the office based on other management and methodological principles.” Pálinkás, an advocate for scientific excellence, was appointed in 2015 and his mandate was supposed to run until 2020.

The ministry says that it won’t interfere with the work of the institutes, but researchers fear that the proposed changes will give the government the ability to decide which research projects are worthy of funding. The changes “will put an end to the scientific independence of the research centres” said the Academy.

Propaganda at work

The changes were a tough pill to swallow for researchers, but the Figyelo article confirmed that by discrediting certain fields of research, the government can use the new funding structure to limit academic freedom.

For Levente Littvay, a political scientist at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, after seeing the article, “Our worse suspicions were confirmed: it is a political attack,” Littvay said.

The article was published “to prepare the ground a little in terms of propaganda,” said Takacs.

Figyelo is responsible for another article published in April that listed the so-called “Soros mercenaries”, which included researchers at CEU, a university that was founded by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, whose world views are at odds with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.

On April 8, Orbán won his fourth term, running on a nationalist platform which touted the benefits of “illiberal democracy”, warned against foreign influence in the country and swore to protect the Christian identity of the Hungarian nation.

Vajda says that the victory emboldened Orbán to continue “crushing institutions, autonomy and independent thinking.”

“They already promised that once they win, they will go on and be more devastating,” said Vajda.

“It is hard to believe that an EU country could sink this low,” said Littvay.  

This is not the first time researchers and academics in Hungary have felt threatened by the overreaching arm of the government. A change in the higher education law passed in 2017, requiring foreign universities to maintain a campus in their home country, was widely interpreted as a direct move against CEU.

The university is now making plans to start advertising a new campus in Vienna as its base in the 2019 student recruitment campaign, unless the Hungarian government agrees that the university is in compliance the Hungarian law and it is free to operate in Budapest.

CEU expressed its solidarity with the Academy and its researchers. “The attacks against the autonomy of the Academy and the attempts to intimidate its researchers are unacceptable and threaten to seriously hinder the capacity of this premier institution to fulfill its mission at the service of the Hungarian people,” the university said.

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Hungary: Parliament puts Academy of Sciences institutes under government control

The Hungarian parliament has voted to restructure its science sector to give government full control. Academics sharply criticize the move, fearing an end to free research in the country.

Hungary’s National Assembly has adopted a controversial bill to vastly restructure the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA).

Human Rights Watch reported Tuesday that 15 academic institutes were to be removed from the Academy and placed in a newly established state research network. 

The plans, which have been known since early in year, have repeatedly provoked protests from researchers and academics at home and abroad.

Changes ahead

The changes are expected to come into force at the beginning of September. The supervisory board — the Eotvos Lorand Research Network (ELKH) — is to consist of 13 members. Six to be named by the Academy of Sciences and six by the Ministry of Innovation. The head of the committee will have the casting vote — appointed by Hungary’s Minister of Innovation Laszlo Palkovics. 

The creation of the ELKH will deprive the Academy of important financial resources, including scholarships for scientists and funds for research projects.

Additionally, the Academy could lose its grant, enshrined in law, to finance its running costs.

The new law will also establish a National Science Policy Council, to be headed by Palkovics. This body will advise the government on innovation and research topics. 

Resistance falls on deaf ears

The Academy of Sciences has unanimously spoken out against the amendment. Its president Laszlo Lovasz said in a statement ahead of Tuesday’s vote: “We kept on negotiating relentlessly, but our efforts proved futile.”

Lovasz concludes that the future scientific landscape is “unsuitable for the research community” and that the law violates “European principles.” 

Open Letter

Palkovics, on the other hand, argues that by restructuring the sector, the government wants to make Hungary more competitive within the scientific world.

The minister justified the move with reference to German research institutions he says fulfil a similar task to the soon to be established ELKH: The Leibniz Association or the Max Planck Society. 

Representatives of the German science organizations see the situation quite differently, emphasizing their independence from politicsin an open letter. They were critical of the bill, siding with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

‘Violation of democratic principles’

Numerous critics from the world of politics have also spoken out. Udo Bullmann, leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, accuses Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban of wanting to silence critical scientists.

“We are horrified to see Orban strike a new blow against scientific freedom and democracy in his country,” Bullmann said. He is “obviously out to establish a flawless autocracy in Hungary,” he added.

Since 2017, the Hungarian government has repeatedly taken steps to restrict freedom of scientific work within the country. Since then, the work of the Central European University, financed by US philanthropist George Soros, has been severely limited. 

As a consequence, the CEU will gradually move to Vienna and start teaching there from fall 2019. By 2023, the entire university will have moved to Austria — a direct result of Orban’s plans to restrict scientific freedoms. 

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Polonia, Repubblica Ceka, Ungheria ed Estonia bloccano la EU sul carbone.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-06-24.

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«Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia prevented the EU from adopting a clear long-term climate neutrality goal at the summit in Brussels on Thursday evening (20 June).»

«The central and eastern European leaders could not get behind a draft text which said the EU should take measures “to ensure a transition to a climate-neutral EU by 2050” – a date too specific for them»

«Poland was leading the opposition, with support from the Czech Republic and Hungary»

«A clear commitment for the 2050 date was also missing from Estonia, an EU source said on condition of anonymity.

Another EU source said “three and a half states” were against – in an illustration of the non-committal stance of Estonia»

«But in the end, the leaders decided to scrap the 2050 commitment»

«The final text now says the EU aspires to climate neutrality “in line with the Paris agreement”, and the mention of the year 2050 was moved to a footnote»

«Ironically, in the text published on the European Council website on Thursday evening, the footnote initially was not included»

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Per meglio comprendere il significato di questa posizione si dovrebbe leggere con cura il testo rilasciato dal Consglio Europeo.

«European Council conclusions on the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, enlargement and the European Semester, 20 June 2019

  1. Multiannual financial framework

  2. The European Council welcomed the work done under the Romanian Presidency and took note of the various elements of the MFF package. It called on Finland’s Presidency to pursue the work and to develop the Negotiating Box. On that basis the European Council will hold an exchange of views in October 2019, aiming for an agreement before the end of the year.

III. Climate change

  1. The European Council emphasises the importance of the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in September for stepping up global climate action so as to achieve the objective of the Paris Agreement, including by pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. It welcomes the active involvement of Member States and the Commission in the preparations.

  2. Following the sectoral discussions held over recent months, the European Council invites the Council and the Commission to advance work on the conditions, the incentives and the enabling framework to be put in place so as to ensure a transition to a climate-neutral EU in line with the Paris Agreement [1] that will preserve European competitiveness, be just and socially balanced, take account of Member States’ national circumstances and respect their right to decide on their own energy mix, while building on the measures already agreed to achieve the 2030 reduction target. The European Council will finalise its guidance before the end of the year with a view to the adoption and submission of the EU’s long-term strategy to the UNFCCC in early 2020. In this context, the European Council invites the European Investment Bank to step up its activities in support of climate action.

  3. The EU and its Member States remain committed to scaling up the mobilisation of international climate finance from a wide variety of private and public sources and to working towards a timely, well-managed and successful replenishment process for the Green Climate Fund.»

Dapprima esprime un enunciato di principio:

«take account of Member States’ national circumstances and respect their right to decide on their own energy mix»

Poi si arriva al nocciolo vero.

«Multiannual financial framework …. Green Climate Fund»

L’obiettivo è arrivare a varare un piano finanziario pluriennale che sostenga il Green Climate Fund, le risorse del quale saranno impiegate per sostenere le economie tedesca, francese ed olandese.

Interessano i soldi: il ‘clima’ è solo la foglia di fico che santificherebbe il saccheggio.

Ma il piano finanziario pluriennale deve essere approvato dal Consiglio Europeo alla unanimità, e l’epoca in cui l’asse francogermanico era onnipotente è tramontata.


EU Observer. 2019-06-22. Four states block EU 2050 carbon neutral target

Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia prevented the EU from adopting a clear long-term climate neutrality goal at the summit in Brussels on Thursday evening (20 June).

The central and eastern European leaders could not get behind a draft text which said the EU should take measures “to ensure a transition to a climate-neutral EU by 2050” – a date too specific for them.

Poland was leading the opposition, with support from the Czech Republic and Hungary.

A clear commitment for the 2050 date was also missing from Estonia, an EU source said on condition of anonymity.

Another EU source said “three and a half states” were against – in an illustration of the non-committal stance of Estonia.

“There was lots of back and forth and ‘how can we persuade you’,” added the source.

But in the end, the leaders decided to scrap the 2050 commitment.

The final text now says the EU aspires to climate neutrality “in line with the Paris agreement”, and the mention of the year 2050 was moved to a footnote.

“For a large majority of member states, climate neutrality must be achieved by 2050,” that footnote said.

Ironically, in the text published on the European Council website on Thursday evening, the footnote initially was not included.

Climate neutrality refers to an economy in which the emission of greenhouse gases caused by human activity is mostly prevented, and any remaining emissions are compensated through for example planting additional trees or capturing emissions and storing them.

The reference of climate neutrality “in line with the Paris agreement” is open to interpretation.

The global climate agreement, clinched in 2015 in the French capital, said that the entire world should reach climate neutrality “in the second half of this century”.

However, the Paris deal also said that efforts must be made to limit global warming to an average temperature rise of 1.5C, compared to pre-industrial levels.

The failure to reach a consensus on 2050 will be a disappointment to many who saw positive signs in recent weeks.

That 2050 target seemed to gain momentum recently after the EU’s largest state, Germany, decided to support it.

Also earlier this month, the United Kingdom, although leaving the EU, committed to a domestic zero-emissions target by 2050, while Italy also came on board.

But at the EU summit in Brussels it proved to be impossible to convince the last quartet of sceptics.

Consensus is needed for leaders to adopt official conclusions.

One diplomatic source said the reluctance of some coal-dependent member states was “expected”.

“It’s easier for Scandinavian countries to commit to climate neutrality,” he said.

“These are known differences [between the member states]”, he added.

Poland’s permanent representation in Brussels said in a tweet that prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki “defends [Poland]’s interests in discussion about climate policy”.

“Fair distribution of climate protection costs means taking into account the specificities of [member states]. Climate goals are important in the same way as their implementation, taking into account citizens & economy,” it said.

‘Blew it’

But non-governmental organisations were frustrated with the outcome.

Greenpeace said that Europe’s governments “had a chance to lead from the front and put Europe on a rapid path to full decarbonisation”.

“They blew it,” the environmental lobby group added.

Friends of the Earth meanwhile called the vetoes “criminal behaviour”.

“The reference to being in line with the Paris agreement in such a flimsy text makes a mockery of that agreement, and should not be allowed to stand,” said WWF.

The diplomatic source stressed, however, that the EU was “still ambitious” and that he never expected the final target year to be agreed at this summit.

“The climate debate is not finished. It will come back, certainly, in December,” he said.

Meanwhile at the summit, the leaders did agree in the text to submit a long-term climate strategy to the UN climate body in “early 2020”, and adopted a Strategic Agenda which identified climate action as one of the EU’s priorities.

The Strategic Agenda, covering the 2019-2024 period, said the EU’s policies should be “consistent with the Paris agreement” – but also did not contain a specific year for carbon neutrality.

“As the effects of climate change become more visible and pervasive, we urgently need to step up our action to manage this existential threat. The EU can and must lead the way, by engaging in an in-depth transformation of its own economy and society to achieve climate neutrality,” it said.

Another new impetus for the climate debate will be on 1 July when Finland takes over the helm for six months as EU president.

Earlier this month Finland said it wanted to be climate neutral by 2035.

In the early hours of Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk told press “reaching unanimity was not possible today”.

“However, we have good reason to believe that this may change, as no country ruled out the possibility of a positive decision in the coming months,” said Tusk.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Portogallo, Primo paese eurozona ha emesso 260 mld$ di bond denominati in Yuan.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-06-01.

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Delle notizie occorrerebbe prenderne atto, dando poi per scontato come possano essere interpretate sotto diverse angolature.

Nel 2016 la Polonia e nel 2018 l’Ungheria avevano emesso buoni del tesoro denominati in yuan, ma questi due paesi sono membri dell’Unione Europea ma non fanno parte del’eurozona. A suo tempo furono operazioni avvallate dalla Ecb, anche se a malincuore.

Di questi giorni è il turno del Portogallo, pese aderente l’Eurozona, ad emettere buoni di stato denominati in yuan.

Inoltre questa emissione non è certo di poco conto: ammonta per controvalore a 260 miliardi di dollari americani.

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Il debito pubblico dei paesi europei è trasbordante.

Il problema non è la volontà governativa di ricorrere incrementandolo al debito, quanto piuttosto il trovare chi sia disposto a dare le proprie liquidità per acquistare codesti nuovi titoli. I mercati liberi i considerano rischiosi.

Anche se il concetto è sgradito e tossico per molti, il mercato finanziario dell’eurozona stenta a trovare le risorse per continuare a finanziare i debiti sovrani. Si aggiunga come la volontà dell’Ecb di mantenere tassi bassi, quasi nulli, rende i bond europei scarsamente appetibili.

Aprirsi al mercato finanziario cinese diventa così una semplice azione di Realpolitik, ma nel mondo reale i tassi di interesse sono ben più onerosi di quelli europei, almeno per il momento.

Ovviamente questo è solo un piccolo segno di inizio: prima non c’era ed adesso invece c’è.


New Europe. 2019-05-31. Portugal becomes first Eurozone country to sell debt in Chinese yuan

Portugal is the first Eurozone country to issue bonds denominated in Chinese yuan after offering on 29-30 May so-called “Panda Bonds” worth €260 billion, with a three-year maturity.

The yuan-denominated bonds are the first in the European Union. Poland issued government bonds on the Chinese market in 2016, followed by Hungary in 2018. Although Portugal will pay more in higher-yielding yuan-denominated bonds, the Socialist government in Lisbon plans to enter the high-liquidity market.

Portugal went through an international bailout between 2011 and 2014 but has since returned to positive growth figures, which led ratings agency Fitch update its outlook for Portugal from “stable” to “positive.”

Since exiting its bailout phase five years ago, Portugal has had one of the fastest growing and most robust economies in the Eurozone at a time when EU stalwarts Italy and Germany have seen their economies struggle, with the former having been mired in a recession for much of the latter part of 2018 and early 2019.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Ungheria. Aiuti alle famiglie prolifiche.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-17.

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Gli ultimi sondaggi disponibili evidenziano un Fidesz con percentuali oscillanti tra il 52% ed il 57%, con uno stacco di quasi trenta punti percentuali sul secondo partito ungherese. Sono proiezioni che confermano completamente i risultati delle ultime elezioni.

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L’Ungheria è uscita trenta anni or sono dal giogo comunista che la aveva asservita e dominata per un cinquantennio. Imploso il comunismo è rimasto un cumulo di macerie morali, etiche, ed economiche. La ricostruzione è stata ben lunga e difficile e l’Unione Europea ben poco ha fatto per quel paese, anche se l’ingresso dell’Ungheria nella Nato era stato condizionato anche ad aiuti non soltanto militari.

Non ci si dimentichi che il 23 ottobre 1956 gli ungheresi trovarono il coraggio di ribellarsi, e che per questo versarono il loro contributo di sangue. La repressione fu severa.

Senza avere presente la storia ungherese resterebbe quasi impossibile comprendere quanto siano abbarbicati alle loro radici religiose, storiche, culturali, sociali, politiche ed anche artistiche. Sono sopravvissuti grazie alla venerazione per le loro tradizioni, unica fonte di speranza nel futuro.

Ma la tradizione non alberga nelle tombe degli avi: la tradizione di incarna e vive nella prole.

Negli ultimi decenni l’Ungheria ha subito una forte emigrazione costituita principalmente da persone giovani, cui è conseguito un calo delle nascite, avendo come concausa la situazione economica sinistrata. Il rapporto vecchi / giovani è molto elevato.

Al momento attuale, il tasso di fertilità ungherese si attesta a1.397 figli per donna.

Nel 2018 il Fondo Monetario Internazionale stimava il pil ppa procapite ungherese a 31,903 dollari americani.

Il momento della miseria e della povertà sembrerebbe essere alle spalle. Il basso tasso di fertilità sembrerebbe da ascriversi ad altri moventi.

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Nell’ultimo lustro l’Unione Europea e l’Ungheria hanno avuto diatribe, legate al fatto che la attuale dirigenza europea, che sta per uscire di carica, si riconosce nell’idealismo socialista di stretta osservanza, Weltanschauung opposta a quella ungherese.

Uno dei tanti nodi è costituito dalla visione della famiglia degli ungheresi, che di recente hanno legiferato introducendo numerosi aiuti economici alle famiglie che prolificavano.

L’articolo che alleghiamo è l’enunciazione del credo liberal in materia.

Sarebbero molte le considerazioni da fare, ma una sembrerebbe essere della massima importanza.

Mr Orban ed il suo partito, il Fidesz, ottengono una propensione al voto ben sopra il 50%, confermando come ricordato i risultati elettorali.

L’articolo cita invece le ngo, ong, come se fossero la reale espressione della coralità ungherese, arrivando fino a definirle ‘società civile’.

La società civile è quella costituita dai Cittadini Elettori, che si esprimono nelle urne.

È clamorosamente falso proporre realtà non elettive e rappresentate da ben poche persone come si fossero la espressione della volontà popolare. I liberal socialisti lo vorrebbero, ma non è proprio così.

Ricordiamo come di quell’articolo non siano condivisi nemmeno i diacritici.

Il 26 maggio si sta avvicinando, ed in quel giorno ci si conterà.

Forse, con un centinaio di eurodeputati in meno, i liberal deporranno almeno in parte l’antica alterigia.


Corriere. 2019-05-13. Madri sovrane nell’Ungheria di Orbán

Ai tempi del socialismo qui si scavava carbone e le fabbriche producevano alluminio. Oggi a Várpalota, ventimila abitanti 90 km a sud-ovest di Budapest, le miniere sono chiuse, il lavoro viene dall’industria chimica e dal turismo. Edina e Daniel si sono trasferiti nel 2017. Quattro camere più soggiorno vista ciminiere, 92 metri quadrati al secondo piano di una palazzina bianca in un complesso per venti famiglie. Nell’area verde la domenica si fa il barbecue e i bambini giocano sull’altalena. In casa sfrecciano Eszter di 9 anni, Sara di 5 e Patrik di 3.

Edina e Daniel aspettano il quarto figlio. Lei ha 38 anni, lavorava come operaia ma ora con tre figli può restare in maternità finché il più piccolo avrà otto anni, con uno stipendio fisso di 25 mila fiorini, circa 80 euro. Lui, 36 anni, trasporta rifiuti pericolosi in un’azienda 40 km più a nord per 330 mila fiorini al mese e nel tempo libero arrotonda facendo l’imbianchino. La famiglia Nagy è entrata nel programma di punta del governo nazionalista di Viktor Orbán per sostenere le nascite contro il tracollo demografico. La seconda fase, annunciata a gennaio, estende la legislazione in vigore dal 2015: ogni donna sotto i 40 anni che decida di sposarsi ha diritto a un mutuo agevolato, come pure i nuclei con almeno 2 figli (prima il prestito scattava al terzo e riguardava solo case di nuova costruzione).

Le madri con almeno 4 figli non pagheranno tasse per il resto della vita; dai 3 figli in su arriva l’assegno per un’auto a 7 posti; previsti un contributo per i nonni che badano ai nipoti e la creazione di 21 mila asili nido. In 4 anni accolte 85 mila domande su 100 mila, per un costo di 220 milioni. Solo 500 famiglie hanno chiesto il sussidio senza avere ancora 3 figli: lo schema Csok ammette una semplice promessa, se però il terzogenito non arriva si restituisce il prestito.

È la «legge del bimbo in attesa». La casa di Edina e Daniel è costata 22 milioni di fiorini, 68.750 euro. Dopo un’analisi capillare di consumi e stile di vita hanno ottenuto in totale venti milioni, dieci da ripagare in vent’anni a zero interessi con rate inferiori al 50% del reddito familiare.

«Ha deciso lui, io avevo il terrore di non superare l’esame e perdere anche l’anticipo — ricorda Edina —. Devi pianificare ogni cosa, essere in regola con le bollette e dimostrare di poter pagare le rate. Se non ce la fai in tre mesi ti tolgono tutto. Eravamo sul punto di divorziare ogni settimana». «Mi sono venuti i capelli grigi — aggiunge lui — ma ne è valsa la pena. Nella vecchia casa c’erano infiltrazioni di umidità, qui abbiamo tutto, persino il garage». Edina, pensa mai di tornare al lavoro? Risponde lui: «La madre deve seguire i bambini, anche senza il quarto non gliel’avrei permesso». «Per i figli devi pur rinunciare a qualcosa» sorride lei.

Il terrore dell’annichilimento

Nel Centro-Est dei confini ridefiniti da guerre e alleanze, la demografia è da sempre arma politica. Il filosofo tedesco Johann Herder nel ’700 predisse che lingua e nazione magiare sarebbero state assimilate dai vicini popoli slavi fino a scomparire. Il terrore dell’annichilimento attraversa la storia ungherese e nel nono anno dell’era Orbán fare figli diventa una questione di sicurezza nazionale che si unisce all’altra grande emergenza populista: l’immigrazione.

 Blindare i confini significa anche dover contare solo sulle forze interne per spingere le nascite. Dal picco di 10,7 milioni del 1980 la popolazione è scesa a 9,7. Mentre nel resto dell’ex blocco sovietico la transizione democratica ha significato anche libertà di non avere bambini ma poi il tasso di fertilità è risalito, in Ungheria nel 2017 nascevano ancora 1,54 figli per donna. Nelle vie di Budapest manifesti con giovani coppie, nonni amorevoli e bimbi sorridenti hanno sostituito i poster contro il presidente della Commissione Ue Jean-Claude Juncker e il filantropo George Soros: quella campagna ha fatto saltare la pace fredda tra i Popolari europei e determinato la sospensione del partito di Orbán, Fidesz.

«Non siamo stati sospesi, abbiamo congelato la nostra partecipazione perché non siamo più certi di riconoscerci nel Ppe che apre all’immigrazione e tradisce l’identità cristiana. Decideremo cosa fare dopo il voto» dice al Corriere Zoltán Kovács, segretario di Stato.

Orbán valuta alleanze con Lega e sovranisti ma per l’Italia resta prioritaria la collaborazione sui migranti che Budapest rifiuta… «Matteo Salvini, definito dallo stesso Orbán un eroe, ha dimostrato che è possibile fermare l’immigrazione illegale se c’è volontà politica. La nostra linea non cambia, non condivideremo scelte irresponsabili di altri». La democrazia illiberale cerca nemici pubblici e lacera la società, non è pericolosa? «La democrazia non ha bisogno di definizioni ed è legittimata dalla volontà popolare. Non escludiamo nessuno ma sappiamo in cosa crediamo. La verità non è pericolosa, perché temerla?».

E la verità è ovunque. Una verità dogmatica e artificiale in piena luce che non ammette ombre né obiezioni. Il racconto ufficiale domina i mezzi d’informazione. Nel progetto di rifondazione identitaria al motto «Dio, patria, famiglia» il governo non esita a utilizzare la Storia alimentando la retorica della potenza mutilata dal Trattato del Trianon o rivendicando il ruolo di baluardo contro l’avanzata ottomana, la lotta dell’indomito spirito magiaro per l’indipendenza dall’Austria e la rivoluzione antisovietica del 1956. «Tutti i tiranni ricreano il passato e tutti i governi mentono, c’è una parte di verità in ogni menzogna». Ágnes Heller siede sul divano di velluto verde nella sua casa che guarda il Danubio. La grande filosofa ebrea sopravvissuta all’Olocausto, allieva di György Lukács e interprete del marxismo in chiave etica, fuggita dall’Ungheria poi tornata nel 2009, di contraddizioni ne ha superate.

Questa campagna per la famiglia, dice, si fonda su un calo demografico incontestabile «ma come risponde il potere, che ha a cuore solo la propria sopravvivenza? Con un piano destinato a moltiplicare le famiglie indebitate e che poggia su presupposti antropologici pericolosi, poiché legittima l’idea che si stia insieme per interesse riportando le donne a una divisione di ruoli che le ingabbia: madre a casa, padre al lavoro. Questo quadro valoriale però non attrae le classi bianche agiate alle quali erano rivolti gli incentivi e che sono più corteggiate dagli etno-nazionalisti. La bio-politica fondata sull’ethnos è quanto di più vicino al razzismo possa produrre la società ed è un rischio per tutti».

Anima e corpo

Éva Koppányi, 47 anni, prega nella chiesa dei Santi angeli da dove Apostol Televízió trasmette la messa. «Oggi le persone inseguono i beni materiali e cercano risposte nel New Age. Dobbiamo aiutarle a incontrare Dio e a costruire famiglie che crescano nella fede». La battaglia per la spiritualità coinvolge direttamente la famiglia del premier, calvinista con moglie cattolica e 5 figli. Il secondo, Gáspár, ha in comune con il padre passione per il calcio, talento oratorio e una nazione da salvare: nel 2015 ha fondato una chiesa pentecostale per avvicinare i giovani a Cristo, Felház, Casa.

Nel 2011, atto istitutivo dell’era Fidesz contro il verbo universalista dell’Europa senza radici fu l’adozione della prima Costituzione democratica scritta: la nuova Legge fondamentale introduce nel preambolo l’orgoglio dell’Ungheria cristiana nata con il primo re, Santo Stefano, e tutela la vita «dal momento del concepimento». L’emancipazione femminile non è mai stata una priorità per i governi post-1989, che hanno ereditato una società sessista malgrado l’esaltazione socialista della parità uomo-donna: nel quotidiano ruoli e gerarchie del patriarcato restavano immobili.

«Tutti i regimi oppressivi sono patriarcali — dice Györgyi Tóth di Nane, associazione per i diritti delle donne —. Due fattori possono spingere le nascite: percorsi di rientro al lavoro per le madri e condivisione dei compiti con i compagni. Nulla di tutto questo accade oggi in Ungheria. La politica, con una retorica compiacente scambiata per rispetto, promuove vecchi stereotipi sulle brave amministratrici dalla lacrima facile. Così non si affrontano i veri problemi come la voragine che ci separa dagli uomini per stipendi e prospettive di carriera. Chi può, va via».

In seconda classe

«Tutto è propaganda, le campagne governative sono finanziate con miliardi pubblici ma nessuno scandalo — spiega Eszter Farkas, 31 anni, ricercatrice alla Ceu, l’università finanziata da Soros e costretta a trasferire parte dei corsi a Vienna —. Per mantenere la polarizzazione sociale chi sta al potere non bada a spese, tanto il denaro fa sempre gli stessi giri».

 «Viviamo in una bella favola che non è per tutti — dice Attila, 37 anni, marketing manager e attivista gay per la prevenzione dell’Hiv —. Se non appartieni alla tribù giusta sei fuori, non in modo ufficiale ma poco a poco diventi un intruso nella tua città, ti guardano quando tieni per mano il tuo compagno, le associazioni Lgbt non trovano spazio per i progetti nelle scuole e il Gay Pride sfila dietro le transenne».

Una visione sociale che produce surreali blocchi burocratici, come per la piccola tribù di Zoe Maria (sei mesi), mamma Veronika (30 anni) e papà Janos, che lavora in banca e a 36 anni fa i conti: un divorzio, 2 famiglie, 4 figli. «Il sistema non ha collegato il mio nome a due donne e il sussidio per Zoe è rimasto congelato».

Vera Somfai, 36 anni, manager di risorse del personale, è single. «Non per scelta, non ho trovato quel tipo di stabilità. Oggi mi definisco una nomade digitale, la mia vita mi piace, ho i miei spazi e i miei silenzi. Ma qui non si costruisce il futuro. Se non ti allinei finisci in seconda classe, hanno persino proposto di tagliare del 40% la pensione a chi non ha figli. Il sistema sanitario è a pezzi, in provincia ho visto bruciare plastica e rifiuti per riscaldare le case. In città i problemi si rimuovono e le persone sono sempre più aggressive. C’è chi protesta ma la maggior parte non si oppone all’odio che monta, per 50 anni questa gente non ha potuto parlare e adesso tace. Quasi tutti i miei amici sono andati via, io resto».

Pubblicato in: Armamenti, Devoluzione socialismo, Senza categoria, Stati Uniti, Unione Europea

Trump ed Orban. Esiste anche la Nato, ed è quella che ha le armi.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-14.

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«U.S. President Donald Trump warmly welcomed Viktor Orban to the White House on Monday, saying the far-right Hungarian leader was “respected all over Europe.”»

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«The pair sat down for talks about NATO and trade, less than two weeks before European parliamentary elections in which far-right parties are expected to make a strong showing»

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«Orban’s hardline stance against migrants has attracted criticism from other European leaders, but appeared to find a more sympathetic audience in Trump»

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«You have been great with respect to Christian communities, …. You have really put a block up and we appreciate that very much»

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«People have a lot of respect for this prime minister, he’s a respected man. He’s done the right thing, according to many people, on immigration.»

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«Don’t forget they’re a member of NATO, a very good member of NATO»

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«The two leaders were due to discuss Hungary’s plan to buy medium-range missiles from the U.S.»

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Secondo le ultime prospezioni elettorali il partito popolare europeo e quello socialista assieme dovrebbero perdere circa un centinaio di eurodeputati. Se così sarà, avrebbero perso la maggioranza, subendo una severa batosta.

Stranamente, sembrerebbe che a ben pochi possa interessare il cercare di capire come abbiano fatto ad inimicarsi e disaffezionare una così larga quota di Elettori.

Il comportamento tenuto nei confronti dell’Ungheria di Mr Orban spiegherebbe molto della mentalità che ha portato a questo risultato.

Stretta osservanza ideologica, rigidità comportamentale ed una tediosamente fastidiosa supponenza sono stati elementi cardini che hanno portato alla disfatta: quanti non la pensassero come loro sarebbero bollati di comportamento eretico e bollati con l’ostracismo.

Ma senza Realpolitik ci si condanna alla estinzione: una eutanasia ben poco ‘eu‘ e molto ‘kakà‘. Una morte tormentosa e tormentata.

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Non solo.

Un’altra caratteristica dei liberal socialisti è un esasperato solipsismo, che impedisce loro sia di guardare il futuro sia la realtà.

Fossero diversi, non andrebbero incontro alla disfatta elettorale.

Quindi, ci si curi ben poco di quanto affermano al momento gli eurodirigenti uscenti di carica e gli eurodeputati, ben pochi dei quali potranno ritornare nel parlamento europeo o sulle poltrone della Commissione: il parere degli sconfitti non conta poi più di tanto.

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Un tema da sempre glissato dagli eurocrati è la divisione del mondo tra le superpotenze atomiche: ed ora alla America ed alla Russia si è unita anche la Cina.

Si voglia o meno, la Nato ha costituito elemento calmierante la pace mondiale, che si manterrà sotto la condizione che i diversi gruppi atomici restino in equilibrio.

Sotto questo punto di vista, di non poca importanza, se è vero che al momento l’Ungheria fa parte dell’Unione Europea, sarebbe altrettanto doveroso ricordarsi che essa è incardinata nella Nato, di cui funge da postazione avanzata, unitamente ad altri paesi dell’ex est europeo.

Mr Orban gradirebbe anche ospitare sistemi missilistici a medio raggio americani, magari anche comprandoli.

L’Unione Europea non dispone di forze armate degne di quel nome, non ha forze atomiche e neppure dispone di missili anti-missile. L’armamento atomico inglese è ben poca cosa, e quello francese ancor meno, sempre poi che riescano a farlo funzionare.

Che poi gli Stati Uniti brucino dalla voglia di difendere questa Europa sarebbe cosa tutta da dimostrare.

Ma senza forze armate efficienti è impossibile esercitare una sia pur minima politica estera.

Vedremo come i nuovi eletti, Commissione Compresa, affronteranno codesta situazione, ma intanto gli anni sprecati non saranno recuperati facilmente.


Euro News. 2019-05-14. Trump praises Orban for protecting Christians from migrants

U.S. President Donald Trump warmly welcomed Viktor Orban to the White House on Monday, saying the far-right Hungarian leader was “respected all over Europe.”

The pair sat down for talks about NATO and trade, less than two weeks before European parliamentary elections in which far-right parties are expected to make a strong showing.

Orban’s hardline stance against migrants has attracted criticism from other European leaders, but appeared to find a more sympathetic audience in Trump.

“You’re respected all over Europe. Probably like me a little bit controversial, but that’s okay,” Trump told Orban at a brief news conference. “You’ve done a good job and you’ve kept your country safe.”

In 2015, Orban erected a razor-wire fence the length of Hungary’s southern border to prevent migrants, most of whom travelled from Muslim countries, entering from Serbia.

“You have been great with respect to Christian communities,” Trump told Orban. “You have really put a block up and we appreciate that very much.”

Hungary missile plan

Asked if he shared European concerns about Hungary backsliding on democracy, Trump said: “People have a lot of respect for this prime minister, he’s a respected man. He’s done the right thing, according to many people, on immigration.”

Orban said: “From the people, by the people, for the people, this is the basis for the Hungarian government. We are happy to serve our nation. We have a new constitution accepted in 2011 and its functioning well.”

Trump interjected: “Don’t forget they’re a member of NATO, a very good member of NATO.”

The two leaders were due to discuss Hungary’s plan to buy medium-range missiles from the U.S.