The accession of Montenegro to NATO is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year.

Seriously, I’m beginning to* wonder when the perils of inviting former Warsaw pact countries into NATO will dawn on western leaders.

But I shall refrain from insulting my readership’s intellect by explaining why. Suffice it to say we’re dealing with countries for whom democracy remains terra incognita.

*Truth be told I’ve been asking myself for quite a while (the last time being last December).

There you have it, then.

Suffice it to say I’m deeply saddened.

EU-flagg på halv stang foran Berlaymont-bygningen i Brussel, 22. mars 2016. Foto fra EU-kommisjonen
EU flags flying at half-mast in front of the Brussel Berlaymont building on 22 Match 2016. Photo from the European Commission.

#EU60 greetings from the affluent, self-sufficient and self-centred north

On a day like today, as Europe celebrates the Treaty of Rome’s 60th anniversary, I shamefully find myself a citizen of a country that, not once, but twice rejected the European Union, due to the emergence of a wealth that it had no intention of sharing with its fellow Europeans.

An egotism that became evident also as Middle Eastern refugees started pouring into Europe, prompting the most selfish and, perhaps, the most xenophobic countries to close their borders. Among which my own, currently priding itself of one of the world’s harshest refugee and immigration regimes, as a confirmation of our double EU dismissal.

Discouraging as it may sound, rest assured, though, that there are those among us who restlessly advocate a Norwegian EU membership, in spite of the nationalistic and isolationist attitudes currently characterising Norwegian politics.

On behalf of those I beg your forgiveness, in the hope that our fellow countrymen will one day be able to consider the world and the choices we have to make without asking “what’s in it for us” – as I’m sorry to say we usually do.

Photo: The European Union and the world. Photo from the European Commission.

Show your #EU60 love!

Speaking of my last posting, I did this:

You can, too!

Happy 60th birthday, EU!

Illustration: EU love. Blogger’s drawing.

Dutch election: Far from convincing

As Europe draws a sigh of relief, there’s arguably little cause for rejoice, as Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom gains four new seats in the Dutch parliament, according to exit polls – not enough to take up government, but an advancement all the same.

Please forgive my inability to applaud the far-right’s progress, undoubtedly to be seen in elections to come, included Europe’s numerous elections this year. Glad the PVV isn’t taking over cabinet, sure, but:

Worried as hell.

I mean, WTF, Netherlanders, you secured the bastards 19 seats (up from 15)! If anything, an encouragement for far-right parties everywhere.

So I reiterate: WTF!?

Photo: Geert Wilders, founder and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom. Photo from Metropolico.org’s Flickr account.

How dare they?

I hear they call it the European spring – it being the rise of a European alt-right movement.

The audacity!

If anything, I’d say winter would be more appropriate, but if they have the Arabian spring in mind, let’s remind them how that went*, shall we?

*I posted something on that back when it all went down, in January 2011 (in Norwegian)

Build a strong Europe – or abandon all hope

Having spent around a decade fervently warning against Russian president Vladimir Putin’s master plan, it is something of a relief to see that even the mainstream media have gradually come to realise what’s been going on, even if they perceive it as an outcome of recent events, establishing some sort of consensus that the objective is to destabilise and, ultimately, disintegrate Europe, leaving the northern hemisphere with only two really influential powers; Russia and America – among whom the latter currently under the influence of the former.

Concluding that a strong Europe is the best preventive action isn’t rocket science, and yet we’re left with no option but to witness the UK’s departure, possibly followed by other countries, depending on whether or not nationalist parties emerge victorious in this year’s European elections.

Of course you may object that it’s easy for a citizen of a non-member country, such as my own, to call for a European consolidation, even if I’ve championed a Norwegian EU membership since the age of ten (which amounts to approximately 45 years), but remain cautiously optimistic that the non-nationalist parties will prevail in this year’s general election, luckily to be held in September, at which point I would hope Norwegian voters will have had ample time to witness Putin, Trump, Le Pen, Petry and Wilder’s frenzied attempts at destroying European unity.

valgutstyr, valg, stemmesedler, stemme, norsk form, oslo rådhus
Norwegian ballot.

There is, of course, a distinct possibility that they like what they see, considering that nationalist tendencies are palpable, also in Norway – especially among the Progress Party, the Centre Party and the Socialist Left Party supporters, eagerly resisting a Norwegian EU membership, among whom the rural, energetically anti EU Centre Party just made a formidable leap forward in recent polls.

Screw you, EU! Blogger's feeble attempt at a comic strip.
Screw you, EU! Blogger’s feeble attempt at a comic strip.

Voters able to see beyond narrow-minded self-interests, on the other hand, may conclude that the ongoing Russo-American race to tear Europe apart, with the aid of European nationalists, needs to be met with a firm support of the European Union.

The obvious approach would be for Norwegian voters to not only support EU friendly parties, but to demand resumed membership negotiations – if Europe will have us, that is (it wouldn’t surprise me if they decline, seeing as two former applications already failed, due to discouraging referendum outcomes).

At any rate it is time to reinforce European unity as a countermeasure against the emerging nationalism – and a world lead by a through and through non-democratic Sino-Russian-American trio, accompanied by the Erdoğan regime in the Middle East.

If not I’m afraid we may as well abandon all hope.

Top illustration: EU flag. Blogger’s own painting.

Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

(CNN) — The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in “bad faith.”

Trump signed an executive order Friday barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days. The order also indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program.

The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in “bad faith.”

Source: Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

Clearly we live in a day and age in which granting far-right extremists access to a global audience is considered a given.