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In the end the fine ideals and the proud words meant absolutely nothing. In the end the EU confirmed that it is nothing more than a motley collection of disparate member states, who when what they see as their own narrow national interests threatened, can not wait to be first in the rush to drive a coach and horses through the most sacred of EU principles. In the end, agreements, treaties, protocols, call them what you will, became worthless.
The barriers, the razor wire fences, closed off what should have been open borders, without a murmur of protest. Freedom of travel throughout the Schengen countries, was abolished overnight, without even an attempt being made to reach agreement between the member states, let alone a common policy.
Germany welcomes the immigrants with open arms. Austria treats them like cattle, closing down part of its railway system, to prevent “arab” refugees travelling through the country using rail tickets for which they had lawfully paid and which had been lawfully sold to them by Austrian Railways.
Hungary in true fascist style sends tear gas across its border into Croatia, in order to subdue the refugees and then for good measure, douses them with water cannon.
And when it comes to ignoring the rules, who is the worst repeat offender ? Germany, which for years has refused to reduce its ever growing and now massive budget surplus to the legally allowed EU limit. That alone has created the imbalance which caused such devastation to the economies of the peripheral EU member states. And not a bleep out of Brussels which daren’t say boo to its German paymaster.
France was the first big offender when, in order to protect its farming industry, it allowed French farmers to blockade roads and ports to keep out imports of English lamb. The local gendarmes stood idly by ensuring that the ports and roads remained closed in complete breach of their own French laws, never mind European laws, allowing free trade between member states.
Basically Europe worked well and brought great benefits when it was a community devoted to free trade. Its founders were men of vision. Now controlled by time serving, unelected bureaucrats and greedy politicians whose vision is limited to the location of the next gravy train, it has become a travesty. Without complete reform, disunity and lack of accountability will quickly lead to collapse. The immigrant crisis is not the cause of the EU’s problems. It is the result of them.
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Manufacturers who need to import basic materials can no longer do so and are facing closure.
Supplies of basic medicines will soon begin to run out. Whether you are dying of cancer or just suffering from hay fever, will become irrelevant.
Supermarket shelves are already beginning to empty and are unlikely to be restocked, especially with anything containing imported products.
The allowance of 50 Euros per day in withdrawals from a bank, means that most people can not pay their rent or other larger bills .
EasyJet founder Stelios Hadji Ioannou is alone feeding 2,500 people every day in Athens.
The Greek banks are down to their last 500 million Euro, for a population of 8,000,000 or more
Credit cards, which people thought could help to keep them going, are becoming unacceptable. Even if the credit card companies pay the trader, what is the point if the trader can not get the money out of the bank in order to restock supplies.
Dixons has already announced it will close down its larger Kotosobolos stores and perhaps reduce opening hours at the remainder.
As dawn breaks today, things will be even worse. Many Greeks have not yet woken up to the reality of their immediate future and think they will get by with large purchases of lentils and tinned milk. The reality they face will be far worse than that reflected by a shortage of toilet paper.
The crunch will really come when fuel supplies start to run out, perhaps later next week, leading to major power cuts and empty roads. How will basic daily necessities be delivered to the shops and supermarkets, if there is no fuel for delivery vehicles.
And all of this imposed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, terrified by the thought of Greece, the home of democracy, daring to have a referendum, which may challenge their rule. Let them remember that next year the UK is also daring to have a referendum as to whether to stay in a Europe whose rulers are prepared to impose hunger, starvation and death to get their own way.
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