PEARL OF THE BALTIC: The elderly are suffering in Riga

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PEARL OF THE BALTIC: The elderly are suffering in Riga. ©Josep Castell

WHEN, in 2013, I predicted the collapse of the EUSSR (European Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) there were chortles but they are not laughing now. Germany lurches from crisis to crisis under a rickety coalition regime. As an aside, post-war Germany is hindered by an illegal constitution imposed by the Allies in 1945. Germany’s armed forces surrendered but the twice-elected constitutional NSDAP government (1933-1945) never capitulated. Malignant dictatorships have a short shelf-life. Despite benefiting from massive Western investment and their being rescued in the Second World War by the US and UK, the Soviet Union survived just 77 years. Marino Rajoy’s minority Spanish administration recently collapsed after losing a vote of confidence. The future of President Emmanuel Macron of France is uncertain. Elected on a deeply flawed process, two-thirds of French electors disapprove of their posturing ‘Little Napoleon.’ In Britain, Prime Minister May had no choice but to enlist the support of a handful of bigoted Northern Ireland legislators to dodge the election bullet. Europe’s strong, popular and successful nations are those in the anti-EU Visegrad Bloc; Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Austria stands at the door. Elsewhere in the EU, there isn’t a single successful popular government. Benjamin Franklin summed up the dilemma of alliance government, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Latvia is the third most impoverished nation in the shambolic EUSSR. In Riga, a lovely well-ordered city under the latter day Soviets, one constantly trips over street beggars. In the city dubbed the Pearl of the Baltic, the elderly huddle in the snow begging for alms. In Lithuania, I nearly wept as I watched a dispirited man, way long past pension age, brushing the streets. Germany, plundered and divided by the Allies after the Second World War, was finally reunited in 1990 with large bits missing and then divided up between the conquerors. Many who lived in the Soviet-occupied zone say life was better under Moscow’s jackboot than it is under Merkel and the EU’s two unelected presidents and 27 commissioners. Such is the people’s revulsion of their decrepit and corrupt EU regimes that there is a massive electoral surge in favour of anti-globalist, anti-immigrant, populist parties. Hungary, Austria, Italy, Czech and Slovak Republics, others too, are in favour of the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions. The Brussels regime has, this week, again nodded through an extension of the anti-Russian sanctions that cost us €3.2 billion a month and thousands of lost jobs. The sanctions serve only to strengthen the Russian economy. Lord Kerr, who helped enormously to draft EU Article 50, which sets out the terms of membership, concedes, “Article 50 was designed to be used by a dictatorial regime.” So, tell me again Tommy Atkins, for what did you and your generation fight? “I fought for fake news, sir.”

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