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September/October 2018

Blurring continues in the EU
Chinese Impulses for Slovakia
Belgrade Fortress
The EU is undermining itself
How Kiev punished the Crimeans
New Alliance in the Eastern Mediterranean
How and in what does Russia threaten the security of the EU and the USA?
Helsinki's Digital Hit
Sarcastic Lawyers
The monopole of psychologists and psychiatrists has practically zero atributability and zero responsibility for their failure.

 

Editorial
Blurring continues in the EU

Jean-Claude Juncker, tired and ending President of the European Commission, presented his last report on the state of the EU in the European Parliament on 12 September 2018. The next one will be presented by the new president. The media and the predominantly disguised European public were attracted only for a few hours. It faded away very quickly, as it was only discussed in the European Parliament. For many citizens and people living in the EU's national member states, not for European bureaucrats and federalists, it was once again filled with incomprehensible phrases, suggestions and unclear visions of the future of the European Union. In other words, it was not again a standard comprehensive and structured report on the real state of the EU, its relations and exact solutions to the problems. It had a level of political and ideological account of the convinced Brussels centralist and federalist, who has long been torn apart from the real life of an ordinary person. Who knows how this lawyer would have run a private company or a law firm without any practice. Unfortunately, this former president of the Chrëschtlech Sozial Vollekspartei, at the end of his political "European" career, has become more famous for his utopian visions and propensities than for the stark, understandable and consensual 'Prime Minister of the European Government' which is responsible for its work to the European Council and the European Parliament.

Paradoxically, Mr. Juncker began his report by asking the basic question: In what condition is the European Union today, in 2018? Considering the overall content and nature of its infamous and unmanaged report, we could sarcastically say that this question was at the same time its dramatic culmination. And because we did not hear about it and did not even read the point of assessing and reflecting, for example, on the current quality of life of citizens of the European Union - ordinary people, workers and unemployed, entrepreneurs, tradesmen, students or retirees. Or how EU's living standards and security are rising or falling, what effective measures and solutions the Commission proposes to reduce the alarming number of people living in poverty (30% of EU citizens).

If we compare Juncker's report with its past year's report, we will find out what all the current good paid to the Commission is still failing to fulfill and enforce. Let's start, for example, with a White Paper with five scenarios on the future of the EU by 2025. The Commission presented them in March 2017 and the first conclusions from many debates were to be taken by the European Council at its meeting in December 2017. What is the fact? The European Council did not address this issue at all, preferring to get a Brexit and a reform of so- migration crisis. But why did Mr. Juncker miss this theme in his annual report and did not explain what happened? European taxpayers would certainly wonder how the money was effectively spent on organizing various meetings, events and debates to illustrate and demonstrate the "great interest" of citizens in the future of a fragmented and divided European Union. Last year, European federalists even forgot to commend the interest of up to 30 million people on this topic. And Mr. Juncker, in his report on the state of the EU in September 2017, convinced MEPs that "it is time for the first conclusions of the debate, from consideration to action, from debates to decisions."

Last year, Mr. Juncker also called for other centralist objectives on the Commission's agenda - a stronger economic and monetary union, a stronger single market. He proposed to create an instrument for pre-accession assistance for non-euro area Member States wishing to adopt the euro or new rules on the funding of political parties and foundations. And he also called for the creation of a banking union: "If we want the banks across our continent to follow the same rules and apply the same supervisory system, we should encourage all Member States to become members of the banking union.

Let's continue. Mr. Juncker is a very important business topic. He says trade is jobs and creates new opportunities for large and small European businesses. "Exports in the volume of every additional billion euros will support the creation of new 14,000 jobs in Europe," he said in a speech last year in the European Parliament. If we think, such as anti-Russian sanctions seriously harms the export potential of "European businesses and companies" and the creation of new jobs, it is enough to point to the Italian experience. In 2014-2017, Italy stood at almost 4 billion euros. If we used Mr. Juncker's calculation, only 56,000 new jobs could be created in Italy. It would be very interesting if the Commission or Mr Juncker finally made public the information on the financial and economic losses that had arisen in all the Member States and on the newly created jobs. Mr. Juncker considers it a great success that the average youth unemployment rate in the EU dropped to 14.8 per cent. It is reported to be the lowest since 2000. It does not say; however, about which countries are the highest and lowest and why. This theme seeks to overlap with Erasmus funding, but does not address and solve the issue of youth employment. He just puts it down for a while. We also do not know the overall sum of financial compensation previously paid to firms and manufacturing companies that have damaged anti-Russian sanctions. Of these negative impacts, Mr. Juncker did not even speak about in this year's EU report. And he very much advocates and supports multilateralism in business relations. Just like the Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajčák. In the case of Russia, China and the Eurasian Economic Union, however, there is no multilateralism, because Russia and China are no longer EU partners and mean a "threat" to the European twenty-seven. These countries are to replace Canada, Ukraine, Mexico, South America, Australia, and New Zealand under new free trade agreements.

So- called " the annexation of the Crimea, where the Crimeans do not protest against the annexation and do not want to return to Ukraine is to be blamed, but on the contrary, they are happy to have returned to Russia since the referendum as "return home". Similarities also happened after the Munich Agreement in 1938 and the Vienna Arbitration, when the Sudetenland and the Hungarian Kingdom of Southern Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia returned to the Nazi German Empire. But without a referendum, based on the dictates and decisions of the European Powers.

It seems that Africa has become the new heart of Mr. Juncker. That he would like to enter his services after the end of his mandate? It sees it as even a new strategic partner for the EU. Of course, without consulting the governments of the Member States, the Commission is proposing a new African-European alliance, even an alliance for sustainable investment and jobs. "It would enable Africa to create up to 10 million jobs in the next five years. We want to create a framework that will bring Africa more private investment. I'm not starting from scratch: thanks to our external investment plan, which we launched two years ago, we are investing more than € 44 billion in both the public and private sectors of Africa. With projects already prepared and agreed to mobilize € 24 billion. We will invest our investments where they bring real benefits. With the Erasmus program, the European Union will support 35,000 African students and researchers by 2020. By 2027, they should be 105,000, "he said in his speech.

When the Juncker Commission assumed its mandate, it promised to create an innovative Digital Single Market, a comprehensive economic and monetary union, a banking union, a capital market union, a fair internal market, a climate change energy policy union, a comprehensive migration agenda, and a security- Union. At the same time, she pretended not to be backing the social dimension of Europe, but to move it towards the future. What? We still do not know. To date, we can state that these objectives have managed to achieve the minimum level for the Commission and the Member States.
Róbert Matejovič, editor in chief

Personality
Chinese Impulses for Slovakia
"An increasing number of Chinese companies are coming to Slovakia to search for projects with investment potential, including transfer place in Dobrá and Possible Construction of Electric Vehicle Factory in Košice," says LIN Lin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China in Slovakia.

Photo report
Belgrade Fortress

The Serbs had to survive 440 years until they regained Belgrade into their hands.

Saint Petka Paraskeva
The Orthodox Christians consider her a women's protector and a helper of the sick, the hungry and the poor.

Opinion
The EU is undermining itself
"No internal EU directive that goes beyond and interferes with the exclusive competences of the states agreed in the EU treaties is not superior to the constitution and laws of a Member State," writes Judge Štefan Harabin.

Report
How Kiev punished the Crimeans
Ukraine burnt the bridges with Crimea, Russia has built and continues building them.

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New Alliance in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Survey
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Abroad
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Opinion Poll
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Reflections
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History
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Culture
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Books and Reviews
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Art
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Sport
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