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Migrant Crisis? Here’s My Plan…

Migrant Crisis?

Migrant Crisis?

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, has warned that the migrant crisis could threaten the cohesion of the EU.

Indeed, as Member States ponder the closure of long-open borders and as taxpayer funds dry up with services and entitlements previously enjoyed by citizens now at risk, many leaders ask what are we to do?

The problem that originated in the Middle East; Syria, to be precise, is causing an influx of migrants, none of whom currently have usable skills or tangible assets to contribute to our European Society. The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 700,000 migrants have reached Europe by boat so far this year. That number is likely very low and the conflict in Syria continues to be the biggest driver of the migration.

So what shall we do?

In a word: Conscription.

Laws should be passed to make immediate military service for any male migrant, aged 18–49 compulsory. Female migrants, within a similar age group, not currently caring for children should likewise be compelled to give service (military or otherwise) to the Member State of their choosing and as with their male counterparts, within 45 days of their arrival in Europe, for a period of not less than 5 years.

Housekeeping issues, such as criminal background checks (where possible) will not preclude compulsory service; only provide a basis for specialist placement determination. My plan would also ensure that all migrants be entitled to the normal payment at whatever level that is for the Member States’ military branch and upon the favourable conclusion of a term of 5 years’ service, the migrant would be granted citizenship by the Member State.

It would make sense for the Member States to work together on my plan with regions (i.e. theatres) of between 1 million to 10 million soldiers; multiple army groups, training and working together; but this is not a deal-breaker.

Special groups of militarily trained soldiers should be deployed by a coalition of the Member States to various areas around the globe to provide assistance to local communities, aid in peacekeeping or stem conflict where needed. A small contingent could be held back within Europe to protect the cohesion threatened by the migrants’ otherwise presence in the Community.


Originally published on LinkedIn

Islam Is A Dangerous Ideology… Not A Religion

Islam Will Dominate The World

Islam Will Dominate The World

Although Islam has many of the essential elements of what most people would identify as a ‘religion’, it has more in common with totalitarian ideologies such as fascism or communism and should be called out for what it is…

The sheer numbers of followers should not determine a religion’s credibility or legality.

Today (23 May 2017), around the world millions of people woke up to the shocking news, out of Manchester England, that 22 young people have been slaughtered with another 59-people injured during an attack at an Ariana Grande concert last night.

How many more senseless deaths must occur before we, as a society, re-evaluate our mutual acceptance or even tolerance of Islam? Or are we willing to commiserate after the fact and ignore the problem?

Islam and freedom are in fact mutually exclusive. In nearly every country where Islam is dominant you see a total lack of freedom; of civil society, of rule of law, of freedom of religion, for women, for journalists or even somebody who wants to leave Islam.

Where Islam has rooted itself into Western society, its followers seek to impose Sharia Law, forcing the host culture to change and to accommodate what is really quite a violent and oppressive ideology.

The time has come for our leaders to revoke tax incentives, local exemptions and licenses or permits for mosques and Islamic educational institutions. The next step would be for residents to be permitted to hold referendums that seek to force the closure of Islamic centres in their neighbourhoods.

We are still free to decide to prevent the continued encroachment and destructive behaviour of Islam. Our window of opportunity for action, however, is not opened-ended.


Originally published on LinkedIn

Terrorism: Orlando-Style Attacks Are Coming To Europe



Europe should guard against complacency about its degree of vulnerability to similar dangers, writes David Aguilar, Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection under President Barack Obama

The threat of such attacks is probably greater in the US because of terrorists’ intent to strike at the leading promoter of western values. However, as a country built on integrating immigrants from diverse backgrounds into a common culture, the US has deep and extensive experience in managing multiculturalism and assimilation.

By contrast, Europe is currently struggling to absorb large numbers of immigrants from regions where, for example, Islamic State (IS) is active. Europe lacks the procedures to properly identify, screen, and reliably manage such a large influx. It is certain that among the newcomers, there are elements that if not already recruited by IS, are sympathetic to its cause and targets for radicalization.

This is in addition to individuals with immigrant backgrounds who, on the surface, have fully integrated, yet may turn with violence against their adoptive country and its culture. As attacks over the past six months in Paris and Brussels have shown, such people can establish and align with terrorist networks to deadly effect.

Security establishments in European countries will do well to study the background to the Orlando and San Bernardino attacks and the more recent IS-inspired murder of a police officer and his wife in Paris for clues to potential lone wolf terrorist behaviour.

US security agencies will now … continue reading

Co-Ordinating Economic Policies Between EU Countries



On Tuesday 14 June the European Parliament’s economic and employment committees debate this year’s recommendations.

The joint meeting of the economic and employment committees takes place on Tuesday 14 June from 16h30 to 18h30 CET. Members are set to to discuss this year’s European Semester with Valdis Dombrovskis, the commissioner responsible for the euro and social dialogue; Pierre Moscovici , the commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs; and Marianne Thyssen, the commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility.

How the European Semester works … continue reading

Tax Avoidance: European Parliament Adopts Ambitious Legislation



This proposed legislation responds to the finalisation of the project against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) by the G20 and the OECD and targets taxpayers who act against the actual purpose of the law, taking advantage of disparities between national tax systems, to reduce their tax bill. The OECD study has estimated that aggressive tax optimization by multinationals cause’s losses to state budgets all over the world amounting to between USD$100-$240 billion every year.

This represents between 4 and 10% of global corporate tax revenues. ALDE shadow rapporteur Enrique Calvet Chambon MEP played a key role in delivering a compromise agreement on this report, which he hopes will now put pressure on EU member states to adopt an ambitious approach.

Calvet Chambon said: “European citizens have had enough of unethical tax practices. With the approval of this report, the European Parliament sends the Council and the Commission a strong message: addressing the existing legal and … continue reading

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