“You’re a thief! Here’s some more money.”
Wouldn’t you find it suspicious if someone constantly accused you of being a thief and at the same time kept on giving you money. Like saying you’re a junky and always giving you more drugs…
Who’s the crazy one in the story? The one who gives or the one who takes?
If you think about it you would rather be the giver than the taker. You would prefer to create the dependency rather than be the addict.
And this is what Europe has done. It has created a de facto economic lebensraum across virtually 20 States and 400 million people. In South and Latin America the USA with the Monroe doctrine in 1907 created a virtual colony to use the Americas as their back yard. In today’s post-colonial world the wealthier European nations of the West have transformed Eastern Europe into their economic and political colony.
- a ready market for European goods
- political control through european legislation
- economic control through aid and foreign bank control
- a cheap labour pool
In summary: workers and a walled market.
The EU sold itself to its new members on the ideals of the a united Europe based on the historic foundations of the Roman Empire and Charlemagne and the ideological basis of the Latin and Greek heritage underpined by a common christian belief.
The reality is much more practical.
Western Europe needed cheap labour to continue to produce competitive products and a market that it could control to sell those products.
And CONTROL is the key word here.
How do you explain that countries like the UK and France that have a exemplary public civil service and legal system that shines amongst the brightest in any democracy across the world did not first train and educate the Bulgarian administration before handing them lots of money?
Wouldn’t it make more sense to teach somebody how to use the money well before giving to him large bucket fulls?
The fact is that the Western European civil servants knew all the time what was happening in Bulgaria. Before and in between giving more money they had reports that stated the level of corruption and incompetence in the Bulgarian administration a long time before 2007.
They easily convinced the local elites with bags full of cash (figuratively speaking. I am not saying that they bribed them overtly…) to privatise the banking system which is now foreign owned and the energy system which is a foreign controlled cartel that acts as we now understand from the protests in the streets outside government supervision. Just two examples for now. There are more….
They convinced the local elites to inflate and stabilise the value of the local currency the Leva in relation to the Euro so that European products would be more competitive here. At the same time it makes Bulgarian products and services less competitive in Western Europe and the rest of the world.
In turn it leads to economic under development in Bulgaria and the brain drain that we have witnessed. The population has dropped from under 10 million a few years ago to now around 7 million. A 30% drop! And it is the youngest, the brightest, the healthiest and the strongest that have left Bulgaria to pay for the pensions of Western Europeans and provide them with cheap labour for everything from the construction industry to strawberry picking. The brain and energy drain is stopping Bulgaria’s economic development and prevents it from competing and catching up with Western Europe.
And then not only do you use them physically, you abuse them psychologically: “Ah, those XXXX Bulgarians and Romanians!” as if we were all brothers and sisters. And in their eyes we are just one lump of cheap labour that you can procrastinate and beat up in the papers from time to time witout risk of being told off or sued.
And remember: If someone says to you that you are a thief, just don’t take the money!
Look at what is happening in Cyprus today. Did Europe not know before it joined the EU that it was an offshore destination for amongst many others the big bad Russians?
Would the UK let Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man sink?
And are the Russians now going to move their money to the UK channel islands…. Good deal for UK Ltd…
And welcome Bulgarians to the real EU Inc.
About the author: Julien is Bulgarian at heart and contrarian by nature. I always like to look at things from different angles. A coin has more than two sides… Julien is a Travel Therapist at JMB Travel and a private tour guide for Bulgaria and the Balkans.
“I like to give the inside story on Bulgaria in all its natural beauty, ancient customs and present day reality.“