Offener Brief für Schottland in der EU.
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Fünfzig europäische PolitikerInnen haben einen offenen Brief an das schottische Parlament unterzeichnet, mit dem sie erklären, dass sie ein unabhängiges Schottland als Vollmitglied der Europäischen Union willkommen heißen würden.

Die Initiative wurde von Ross Greer (Mitglied des schottischen Parlaments, Scottish Greens) und Terry Reintke (Mitglied des Europaparlaments, Europäische Grüne) ergriffen.

Der Wortlaut:

Dear Presiding Officer,
Dear Members of the Scottish Parliament,

As elected representatives from across the European Union we have been heartened by your support for a Europe which is united in pursuit of progress and not divided by fear and self-interest. Democracy and mutual respect are at the heart of the European project and so, whilst we are saddened by the vote of a small majority for the United Kingdom to leave the EU, we respect this as a democratic decision of UK citizens.

We recognise that this was not your choice however and that Scotland voted strongly to remain within the EU. The question of Scotland’s constitutional future, and your relationships with the UK and the EU are for the people of Scotland to decide. It is not our place to tell Scotland what path you should take. 

We regret that the UK’s government has chosen to follow the path of a ‘hard Brexit’ and has so far refused to properly take into account the preferences of Scottish citizens in the withdrawal process. Therefore, if Scotland were to become an independent country and decided to seek to maintain European Union membership, we offer our full support to ensure the transition is as swift, smooth, and orderly as possible. Scotland would be most welcome as a full member of the European Union, with your five million European citizens continuing to benefit from the rights and protections we all currently enjoy.

Yours sincerely

Die UnterzeichnerInnen:

  • Meyrem Almaci (belgisches Parlament, Groen)
  • Rasmus Andresen (Landtag von Schleswig-Holstein, Grüne)
  • Margrete Auken (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Danielle Auroi (französisches Parlament, Europe Écologie Les Verts)
  • Annalena Baerbock (deutscher Bundestag, Grüne)
  • Reinhard Bütikofer (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Miriam Dalli (Europaparlament, Sozialisten & Demokraten)
  • Jakop Dalunde (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Bruno De Lille (Parlament der Region Brüssel, Groen)
  • Petra De Sutter (belgischer Senat, Groen)
  • Giorgios Dimaras (griechisches Parlament, Grüne und Syriza)
  • Pascal Durand (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Bas Eickhout (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Stefan Engstfeld (Landtag von NRW, Grüne)
  • Tanja Fajon (Europaparlament, Sozialisten & Demokraten)
  • Fredrick Federley (Europaparlament, ALDE)
  • André Gattolin (französisches Parlament, Europe Écologie Les Verts)
  • Silke Gebel (Berliner Landtag, Grüne)
  • Stefan Gelbhaar (Berliner Landtag, Grüne)
  • Ana Maria Gomes (Europaparlament, Sozialisten & Demokraten)
  • Heidi Hautala (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Madeleine Henfling (Landtag von Thüringen, Grüne)
  • Benedek Jávor (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Josu Juaristi Abaunz (Europaparlament, Vereinte Europäische Linke)
  • Ska Keller (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Philippe Lamberts (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Stefan Liebich (deutscher Bundestag, Die Linke)
  • Juan López de Uralde (spanisches Parlament, Equo/Podemos)
  • Florent Marcellesi (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • María Rosa Martínez Rodríguez (spanisches Parlament, Equo)
  • Sigrid Maurer (österreichischer Nationalrat, Grüne)
  • Barbara Matera (Europaparlament, EVP)
  • Péter Niedermüller (Europaparlament, Sozialisten & Demokraten)
  • Grace O’Sullivan (irischer Senat, Green Party)
  • Julia Reda (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne/EFA)
  • Terry Reintke (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Bronis Ropė (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne/EFA)
  • Eamon Ryan (irisches Parlament, Green Party)
  • Manuel Sarrazin (deutscher Bundestag, Grüne)
  • Ulle Schauws (deutscher Bundestag, Grüne)
  • Anja Schillhaneck (Berliner Landtag, Grüne)
  • Barbara Spinelli (Europaparlament, Vereinte Europäische Linke)
  • Bart Staes (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn (deutscher Bundestag, Grüne)
  • Indrek Tarand (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne/EFA)
  • Yannis Tsironis (griechisches Parlament, Oikologoi Prasinoi)
  • Claude Turmes (Europaparlament, Europäische Grüne)
  • Sebastian Walter (Berliner Landtag, Grüne)
  • Tomáš Zdechovský (Europaparlament, EVP)
  • Joachim Zeller (Europaparlament, EVP)

Siehe auch: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Quotation (357): Predictions.

Malta cannot live on its own […] the island could pay for only one fifth of her food and essential imports; well over a quarter of the present labour force would be out of work and the economy of the country would collapse without British Treasury subventions. Talk of full independence for Malta is therefore hopelessly impractical.

The Times, 7 January 1959 (five years later, Malta gained independence)

See also: [1] [2] [3]

Quotation (347): Utopische äh … äthiopische Rechte.

Article 39
Rights of Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples
1. Every Nation, Nationality and People in Ethiopia has an unconditional right to self-determination, including the right to secession.
2. Every Nation, Nationality and People in Ethiopia has the right to speak, to write and to develop its own language; to express, to develop and to promote its culture; and to preserve its history.
3. Every Nation, Nationality and People in Ethiopia has the right to a full measure of self-government which includes the right to establish institutions of government in the territory that it inhabits and to equitable representation in state and Federal governments.
4. The right to self-determination, including secession, of every Nation, Nationality and People shall come into effect:
(a) When a demand for secession has been approved by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Legislative Council of the Nation, Nationality or People concerned;
(b) When the Federal Government has organized a referendum which must take place within three years from the time it received the concerned council’s decision for secession;
(c) When the demand for secession is supported by majority vote in the referendum;
(d) When the Federal Government will have transferred its powers to the council of the Nation, Nationality or People who has voted to secede; and
(e) When the division of assets is effected in a manner prescribed by law.
5. A “Nation, Nationality or People” for the purpose of this Constitution , is a group of people who have or share large measure of a common culture or similar customs, mutual intelligibility of language, belief in a common or related identities, a common psychological make-up, and who inhabit an identifiable, predominantly contiguous territory.

Das ist Artikel 39 der Verfassung der Demokratischen Bundesrepublik Äthiopien.

Scotland would be most welcome.

Der ehemalige Vizepräsident des EU-Parlaments, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EVP), hat sich in einem Tweet zur Aufnahme Schottlands in die Europäische Union geäußert.

Er teilte einen Beitrag von Politico mit Äußerungen von Jacqueline Minor, ihres Zeichens Repräsentantin der EU im Vereinigten Königreich, die gesagt hatte, dass Schottland (nach einer etwaigen Staatswerdung) einen Wiederaufnahmeantrag stellen müsste.

Saryusz-Wolski kommentierte, dass die Entscheidung Schottland obliege, das Land aber in der EU sehr willkommen wäre.

Nachdem der Austritt des Vereinigten Königreichs aus der Europäischen Union immer konkretere Züge annimt, spitzt sich auch der Konflikt zwischen Schottland und Westminster zu. Während die schottische Regierungschefin Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) ein weiteres Selbstbestimmungsreferendum ins Spiel brachte, behauptete Ministerpräsidentin Theresa May (Tories), dass ein unabhängiges Schottland die EU verlassen müsste.

Siehe auch: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Quotation (341): Transform the EU.

The real importance of Scottish independence following hard on that of Catalonia is that it will transform the EU. A raft of small, dynamic new members could end the dominance of the bigger states and replace the EU’s current austerity with pro-growth policies. A new Europe of the regions and nations would emerge as a global progressive alternative to Donald Trump’s aggressive American nativism or the isolationist lunacy of a Tory hard Brexit.

George Kerevan, The National, 05.02.2017

See also: [1] [2] [3]

I probably would have voted for Trump …

… if I were an unemployed WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) industrial worker from Detroit who now lives in a run-down suburb infested with gang violence and drug abuse. Poorly educated but hardworking, yet without a promising perspective in life, I was among the first ones to be laid off during the crisis of the automobile industry. Seeing my job being shipped overseas while being bombarded by Fox News with an imminent islamic terrorist threat.

Don’t get me wrong. Trump is a racist, xenophobic, narcissistic sociopath who is totally unsuitable to hold this office and is a disgrace for the entire American people. I’m not trying to justify anything that happened during this mediocre campaign and fateful ballot. I’m rather looking for an explanation and someone to blame for the mess we are in right now. And the blame neither goes to the people who voted for Trump nor to Trump himself – at least not entirely. Or could you be a hundred percent sure you would not have voted for this mad man without your educational background that enables you to differentiate, without your job that pays you a decent living?

How outlandishly desperate, disillusioned, angry and left-behind do you have to feel, that you really believe a ruthless and abusive billionaire who inherited a great share of his wealth, could be your hero and the savior of the working poor? A man, who has proven tremendous lack of respect for about every minority group there is (including poor people), should be the unifying altruistic figure who cares not for himself and his interests only – but for you?

It is a fact that for an unbelievably large number of Americans a flip-flop lunatic uncapable of controlling even his own temper is a better choice to be in control of the mightiest country (and military) on earth than a supposedly well respected, reputable, experienced professional politician. This says a lot more about the “well respected, reputable, experienced professional” political elite than it says about Trump and his supporters. They are just a product, a result, a symptom.

Politics is mainly about creating a just society where everyone has got fair and equal opportunities. The “well respected, reputable, experienced professional” elite has not only failed to achieve or maintain this goal, but – while they did manage to improve things in many areas – have worsened the situation regarding what is probably the most decisive ratio for a functioning and healthy society – the wealth gap. Full time employment (no matter what sort of job) has to guarantee a proper living standard. Period.

So the problem is not that Trump got elected. The real challenge is to correct things like that (about which Trump will not do anything by the way, sorry):

Top CEOs make more than 300 times the average worker
In between 1978 and 2014, inflation-adjusted CEO pay increased by almost 1000%, according to a report released on Sunday by the Economic Policy Institute. Meanwhile, typical workers in the U.S. saw a pay raise of just 11% during that same period.
Fortune Magazine

We live in times with the highest efficiency of production ever. And still there are more and more people unable to afford a living. An out of touch political elite, who is so shocked and in “how-could-this-ever-happen”-mode now, not only did not stop this sort of madness, they willingly assisted in creating it, thereby undermining democratic principles such as participation, solidarity and fair taxation. Economic inequality – which equals opportunity inequality – has apparently produced a meanwhile almost uncontrollable anti-establishment mob. A mob who has lifted a man into power who will only make things worse while the media establishment is still trying to figure out what’s going on. What a shame that they all did not feel the Bern.

Siehe auch: [1]

Quotation (323): Enormous power.

The public can have, sometimes does have, enormous power. […] David Hume […] pointed out that force is on the side of the governed; those who are governed have the force, if they are willing to and eager to and recognize the possibility to exercise it. Sometimes they do. That’s a major force in who rules the world.

Noam Chomsky (interviewed by Cathy Newman), on Channel 4, May 2016.

Quotation (322): Fuck Nationalism.

Nationalism

I could never understand ethnic or national pride. Because to me pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth. Being Irish isn’t a skill, it’s a fuckin’ genetic accident. You wouldn’t say „I’m proud to be 5’11“. I’m proud to have a predisposition for colon cancer.“ So why the fuck would you be proud to be Irish, or proud to be Italian, or American or anything?

— George Carlin, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author