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The Athenian Delian Empire (478 BC) was a ‘Democracy’ that forcefully submitted its Member States. Just like the EU

  • By: Willem Cornax
  • With the EU-court ruling against Poland, there is one thing becoming clearer by the day. The EU is in the fast lane on the road to ancient Athens. Not, however, the Athens of the idyllic democracy so widely cherished. Because, as Thucydides wrote, Athens built its democracy on a colonialist empire. 
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    At our own peril: Global Warming dominates the debate, while Deforestation is not getting its due attention

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • Clearing the rainforests disturbs the entire water-cycle of the environment, and land that was previously covered by forest can easily turn into desert. Concerns are raised even in Somalia, where the cutting of trees has turned a once lush savannah into a barren landscape. The poverty stricken area finds itself in a vicious cycle, where poverty drives them to cut down trees, which destroys the fertility of the area and only increases suffering and deprivation.
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    Europe doesn’t need the EU, its power lies in decentralisation and competition

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • As governments over time tend to expand and centralize, the EU is likely to absorb more and more power. As the EU absorbs more power, it will become more reluctant to change. Reluctance to change means stagnation, and stagnation leads to Europe losing its position of power compared to the rest of the world.

    Could we not simply have a free trade area without requiring an additional body of government to rule the continent? Like, say, the European Economic Community, which preceded the EU? 

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    Essay – The Polish resistance to the EU historically explained

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • Poland will not bow to empires, no matter how great, wealthy, or militarily powerful they are. Poland does not believe the current EU migrant policy is sensible and it will not be bullied into accepting the it. (…) Poland, is unfortunately still a poor country, with many internal issues and poverty to be addressed. Poland does not have a developed welfare society, it does not have easy hand-outs on which one can comfortably live, and hence they do not feel a responsibility to save the world.
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