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Ricardo Mendes

@alemannoEU @JamesPanichi I will try to give my theory without entering into the last decade of real reasons why we're on this state today in Europe, you both known already and have your own opinions.

There is 2 dimmensions in Brussels: the national & local dimmension and then the EU institutions dimmensions, being "Capital of Europe" but there is a third hidden one : you can notice it with @PulseforEuropeBE : it's completely disconnected from the local/national reality and so it goes for most of the EU institutions. Belgians, unless confronted on TV/Press to it, won't even see , beside a minority, probably busy near or close EU institutions or the Federalist movement.

Because the Brussels Bubble is a bubble inside a Bubble, only those inside the first Bubble see whatever is going on inside the second bubble : a bubble formed by very nice people, that probably want nice things for them and for Europe in general, but People none the less cut from the reality of 90% of Europeans in a post-financial-crisis, Brexited Europe.

So what's the problem ?

and the meeting in Rome will be just another ceremony in the long road leading to nowhere, we could stop this debate right here, but there is much more to say :

Since 2007, grassroots movements in Europe, organized, built platforms, aggregated themselves to have more power, learning how to lobby like the big lobbies, learned how to pressure different political level without any professional funding, any real means the big corporate lobbies are able to leverage in Brussels to reach their goals.

In short since the Financial Crisis, civil society in Europe has learned a lot on how to build transnational movements, how to build national and European wide pressure (think or or Lobby Transparency or NetNeutrality) in some of those areas, some success emerged or sometimes foreign developpments helped to block new projects civil society deemed not in his interest on their current form.

But on other issues, like Austerity, banking bailouts, total impunity of the responsibles of the financial crisis, either in US or EU, civil society failed, completely to push for another agenda.

The reason is that the grand coalition inside the EU parliament and at national level had virtually no real opposition : the so called social democrats and the liberal or neoliberal Right voted the same way, imposed the same austerity, the same neoliberalism, across parties, across countries like a huge normalization of Politics, instead of a vivid diverse and plural democracy we ended-up with (there is no alternative to the German model) and both "socialist", even the so called far-left (Syriza, Podemos or the Wallons Socialist) all voted the same : Austerity cuts for the citizens and civil society and bailout for the banks, impunity for the responsibles of this crisis.

From 2011 to 2014, most anti-austerity movements where still Pro-Europeans, they wanted a different Europe, not Nexit or Brexit or Frexit.

But EU institutions ignored, snubbed, ignorantly denied any legitimacy to these sometimes huge protests in Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, not just EU institutions, the National level was all to happy to impose the same arguments, in fact to reuse the whole doctrine at national level, implying that Social Fraud is THE problem, while , Panamapapers were still ongoing, while tax evasion and tax ruling were the modus operandi of any corporations inside the EU with the means to dive into tax optimization.

Meanwhile the anger was growing, grassroots movements tried to come to Brussels, organized EU wide platforms to have more impact, organized civil society run referendums in different EU states, used the new EU citizen initiative to gather millions of signature, deemed as fake or non-legit by the EU institutions, if not simply discarded without even a look to it.

The result ? EU institutions & their National counterpart knowingly denied Democracy and their voice to very legit concerns regarding the Architecture and Design of the governance model used inside the EU.

After the Greek referendum, after the episode were EU citizens noticed that there was no way to apply real democracy in Europe because no matter the vote, the Troika could always bypass all the democratic reality and simply refuse loans or simply dictate harsh ant-social measures in exchange of funds : this created a EU wide shock turning more and more citizens open to the idea to leave the Euro.

After that came Brexit : launched by a riff inside the Tory party, at some point, citizens connected to it and used it against the very elite that had launched it in the first place : convinced they couldn't loose.

The results we all know it, its enfolding and I predict like I always have said: Brexit will not be good for anyone, neither for people, business, not even good for corrup politicians. in fact Brexit may be the single best attack against the EU itself launched by the very elite directly profitering from the current state of the status-quo. ignorance and arrogance, that's what Brexit will do, nothing more, it will not advance the social issues, it will not create jobs, much less be part of the transition to new economic models. Brexit is the political gaffe of the century launched by its very protectors under the eyes of EU institutions unable per design to stop it, and per design unable to speak about it without interfering inside a members states inner politics.

After that came the Donald and my reply will not say much about it, beside the fact that it may be the only thing actually disgusting from xenophobic Populism: Trump is like a "free sample" of something nobody wants but we still have to eat it for 4 years, even if not in the US.

So why does PulseofEurope is going to go nowhere ? because citizens en masse will not enter the arena, they will not adopt its codes, its slogans, they will not agree with its conclusions because Europeans feel the opposite about the EU, add to that an un-existing EU wide information landscape, where members states are always bashing on EU even before the crisis, add to that members states hypocritical regarding their role in the EU, unable to realize THEY are the EU, sometimes more than the EU Parliament itself and you get a toxic recipe where even in the case of Europe still being a 27 country project, things will never be the same, because even with all that, nothing is changing the course of the EU institutions, not even good lobbying, not even new political parties, not even huge permanent demonstrations, not direct actions, nothing is making the EU change course for the simple reason it is not Listening.

Why would citizen listen to the Pulse of Europe after a decade of denial from the EU institutions and their national counterparts ?

it may be already too late.

Ricardo Mendes

#TTIP: What information is made available to the public... and what is not? via @Access_Info

More information : http://bit.ly/TTIPTransparency


Ricardo Mendes

The enemy within or Why our past choices predicted or defined our present #eurocrisis #brexit #AusteritybyDesign

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Before there was protests for 3 YEARS all around Europe while @EU_Commission was quietly "negotiating" banking bailouts and imposing deadly, even suicidal austerity in , Spain & Portugal. During that time Civil Society in Europe tried to block the so called 6 pack & 2 pack after trying to block the ESM treaty without success. During all this time Euroscepticism was already in bed in extreme-right wing parties all across Europe but EU didn't give a damn about these growing risks. By doing so it deliberately shoot itself in the foot. 

After loosing the battle against Austerity & while was already on the horizon, civil society moved against TTIP recognizing on this new negotiations the mother of everything that went wrong with today's neoliberal capitalism.

Barroso kept the European Commission path unchanged, paving the path of UKIP, AfD, FN and Co.

By behaving with an unseen arrogance, the Barroso commission paved EU expansionism, growing up to 28 members states without the minimum of ongoing stability already reached by previous members. it's like EU interests where never in his mind, always pushing for more blind enlargement until triggering enough friction with Russia leading up to the Ukraine disaster. Yes Russia did invade Crimea, the very same way the US invaded Iraq without even the need to "annexe" it since Iraq and other post-invaded US countries are for ever under US annexation after 2 decades of wars & destruction. Annexing Crimea was wrong, like annexing & meddling in the middle-east by the US & allies is & was wrong from the early begining. 

We didn't bring democracy to Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali or Libya : we brought in destruction, death, unstability, we killed civilians and we droned entire villages from the confort of our modern "clean" warfare inhuman capability. 

Then the refugee crisis arrived. Why ? 

It's ridiculous to detach the refugee crisis from the ongoing war the West is waging since 2001 against Terrorism. We produce weapons, ammunition's, surveillance technology & train Afghan, Libyan, Somalia, Malian armies to battle Terrorism. 

But like in the past on these regions of the World, we might think our might is above all the others but in the end, the rebels Washington is paying on his side to crush Assad or the factions of "freedom fighters" that US foreign policy don't mind to empower are most of the time affiliated with terrorists organisations leading the West to the eternal quagmire of endless wars & now since 2016 very clearly : retaliations against Western presence in the middle-east in the form of direct terrorist murders in many European cities, 

I may be naive if you will, but reading and learning to read foreign policy games since 2 decades have been a long journey for me to understand why our society is always detaching repercussions here at home from the atrocities, illegal wars, proxy war, war crimes that we, as a society perpetrate to supposedly "defend" our interests in those regions. 

US meddling in the middle-east is not new. Retaliations against US policies are not new either. 

placing authoritarian regimes replacing civilians regime by religious dictatorships is not new either. 

from South America meddling to Middle-East meddling, the US have a undisputed very long story of messing with many areas of the World to serve it's own interests. 

Only an Amnesiac society can play at not understanding where Terrorism come from while her elected leaders keep on going, decades after decades to advance a project of fear, destruction and ultimately war as policy to reach the unbalanced state of the World that we have today. 

2016 and terrorism is definitely at home in Europe, after each attack we are keen to "prove" this or that attack where carried by ISIS - like if knowing who are the perpetrator would change anything - TV spin loop for hours why this or that terrorist got radicalized, like if suicide bombers was a choice in life or some kind of goal, and we finally get to understand all the details about this one terrorist attack there comes the next and the next one, until everybody is so much drugged by all this violence that we may accept anything, everything to make it stop. but it never stops, until We, as "civilised" society don't stop our current policies, our current path when it touch our perception around limited ressources, geopolicy, diplomacy, warfare and what created terrorism in the first place. 

Terrorism is not a natural disaster. it's a man made disaster that is getting out of the hands of the swarm of US agencies that created its root in the first place. 

ISIS is a Human creation. the ennemy we are battling is ultimately ourselves : our fear. 
fear of others, fear of other cultures, fear of of everything that could/might change our little embryo of paradise that we decide to keep only for ourselves, instead of sharing our human society advances with the rest of the World. 

Terrorism will not be defeated by more wars, more weapons and more ground or air invasion. 

Terrorism will be defeated when a whole generation that created this mess is impeached and banned from ever approaching any position in governement or anything related to military or intelligence agencies. 

Terrorism will be defeated when we decide to break the artificial barriers of fear that we project on other cultures without ever looking ourselves on the mirror, honestly to ask : What have we done in the last 60 years that might have participated in the systemic crisis that we live today ? 

What kind of World I want my childrens to live in ? 

Until fighting Terrorism is dropping more bombs, more drones and more death without ever questioning WHY we are here now, terrorism as we know it, will never be defeated. 

We have to start to include the rest of the world in the conversation, we have to start listening and building a multi-polarity world, where all the nations have their say. 

Until our post-world-war II institutions are dominated by incompetent veto members that can change the faith of the world with one word, there will be no global democracy to build at an international level. 

UN need a complete reform or be disbanded. (UN must go beyond symbolism and be able to act)

NATO need a complete redesign and repurpose or be disbanded. (current role of deterrence is last century way of thinking, need of enemy to exist is over)

the World must unite instead of creating hot wars, cold wars or man-made inbalance to control the evolution of other countries. but to unite, each country must be on the same level. veto powers for nobody or for everyone but the current process is designed to keep a minority of countries with a very deviant democracy track record to keep setting the world agenda without an ounce of accountability. 

Democracy is not granted. Each generation need to find the missing ingredients for the current time and find ways to bring this missing ingredient to the table before the World as a whole suffer from the consequences of letting democracy erode itself to the point the only choices left are to elect populist dictators to "solve" our problems.

100% of our current problems are man made. We can fix them if only we move from confrontation, towards collaboration even in the global world stage. 

We need a Churchill for this century !

Ricardo Mendes

Mass protest against #TTIP and #CETA to take place in #Europe in October

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Ricardo Mendes

Corporate Fascism : ce n'est pas une invention, c'est tout simplement la convergence d'intérêt économique, industriel et militaire, c'est précisement ce qui a permis a Hitler d'arriver au pouvoir, la convergence d'intérêt financier et politique néolibérales, engendre une forme de Fascisme.

j'ai pas dit qu'on vit sous un "corporate fascime" je dis qu'avec les politiques en court, la géopolitique, un monde qui se divise nord-sud et est/ouest, ou des guerres sont déjà d'actualité toute l'année, certaine depuis des décénnies, dans des conditions pareil, il en faut peu, très peu pour repartir dans un délir globalisé de type 9/11 qui porte encore son impact aujourd'hui, un impact de désastre, qui prendra encore 1 siècle à se dissiper, doctrine toxique, que l'Europe suit bien trop souvent, sans même consulter ses citoyens.

un bon exemple d'un risque ? les négotiations du complètement occupé par des lobbies qui ont des intérêts contraire à la masse des citoyens en Europe, mais arrivent via tout les moyens possible a non seulement faire des amendements, mais a influencer tout simplement les lois ou propositions de loi qui vont être soumisent au Parlement.

une petite étude sur le sujet dans le cadre du :
http://corporateeurope.org/revolving-doors/2015/07/revolving-door-greasing-wheels-ttip-lobby

le monde n'est pas à feux et à sang par hasard, ce n'est pas non plus une conspiration, c'est beaucoup plus une convergence d'intérêt (même si indirect) couplé a des visions a très court terme, pour ne pas dire aucune vision du tout, mais qui ont un impact très concret sur le monde qui nous entoure, encore plus depuis Internet.

sur ce bonne nuit !

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