Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Who Said Democracy Isn't Dying?

Baroness Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has drawn up a secret plan to take direct control of running Bosnia with new European Union powers to target Serb hardliners accused of challenging the state and blocking political reform.

A confidential paper, tabled by Europe's foreign minister this week, has urged the creation of a powerful European envoy this autumn, based in Sarajevo, to push through a new constitutional order for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Key to the political reforms, demanded as a condition of EU entry for Bosnia, is a strengthening of a multi-ethnic federal state, mainly controlled by Muslims and Croats, at the expense of Republika Srpska, the Bosnian Serb government.

To overcome Serb blocking tactics, Lady Ashton is demanding that her new Bosnian envoy, part of her newly created diplomatic service, be given new powers by the Council of EU foreign ministers to impose travel bans and asset freezes on opponents. European diplomats have confirmed that the new measures will be used against "anyone deemed to be obstructive", including Milorad Dodik, the elected Bosnian Serb prime minister, who backs independence from Bosnia.

David Chandler, professor of international relations at Westminster University's centre for the study of democracy, attacked the new measure as undemocratic.

"It is ironic given the EU's promotion of democracy and human rights to rely on such draconian measures that prevent free and public discussion of the way forward for Bosnia," he said.

Bosnia's European envoy would report to a new 'managing director' for Russia and the EU eastern neighbours, a new high-ranking post in Brussels to be appointed in Lady Ashton's diplomatic service this autumn. Lord Ashdown, the former leader of the LidDems, has emerged as Lady Ashton's favourite for the job supervising the Bosnia envoy as part of the EU's overall strategy in the Balkans.

Who said democracy isn't dying? The more I read about the tactics of the unelected hordes in Europe, the more I see any chance of Scotland becoming an independent nation slipping into oblivion. Yet the SNP want to be part of the EU. Yes I'm aware the politics in Bosnia differ greatly to those here, but the principle remains the same. The EU are the masters whether we like it or not.


Anonymous said...

I have long felt that the only good reason for Scotland to be a member of the EU would be to defend it against its very large southern neighbour.

However if this is the way the EU operates then an independent Scotland would be far better if it adopted a similar relationship with the EU as Norway has.

I saw an interview on Euronews recently where the EU's energy Commissioner was calling for the EU to take control of all energy supplies across the EU.

If this is the way the EU is heading it would be catastrophic for the likes of independent energy rich countries like Scotland.

The SNP should re-think its policy on EU membership before the next election.

INCOMING!!!!!!! said...

SR the unqualified horse lady seems to be so thick she doesn't have a hint as to why she is doing what she is doing. NI better pay close attention to this. As had Leeds & Bradford.

There is a strong Prussian-Turkic axis in the EU and an older hatred of Orthodox Christianity which pulls those Germanic puppet strings.

She's stirring up deep trouble ahead.

Cold and premeditated.

Frank said...

It's not the unelected hoards that bother me. It's the unelected hordes.

subrosa said...

There's no defence M. I began to notice this a few years ago and that's when I started thinking the SNP ought to rethink their policy.

Ashton will get her way. After all who is there to stop her? We had the last labour government cuddling up to Brussels and now we have the new one actively recruiting for the EU.

If the SNP did rethink their policy they would gain so many more votes from eurosceptics.

JRB said...

Colonel Rosa Klebb, Supervisor of Department II of SMERSH
- sorry –
Baroness Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of EU, could do well, by spending her summer holiday reading a potted history of the Balkans.

One need only go back to the early years of the 20th century and ask what were the causes of WWI? Political unrest in the Balkans.

In WWII the creation of the fascist Balkan States extended the war into Eastern Europe. Communist opposition led once again to bloody political unrest in the Balkans.

Throughout the Cold War the imposition of a Soviet style of communism led to bloody political unrest in the Balkans.

The collapse of communism led to ethnic splits and the inevitable bloody political unrest in the Balkans.

Baroness Ashton’s interference could easily be the spark that once again leads to bloody political unrest in the Balkans.

Could the Balkans turn out to be the next conflict zone once we depart Afghanistan?

subrosa said...

She is indeed stirring up deep trouble incoming. A very worrying turn of events.

subrosa said...

Ah Frank, yes indeed. Thanks so much. Amended. That's what happens when I write half asleep.

subrosa said...

Good morning John. Excellent potted history of the area. Thank you.

The next conflict? That's perhaps far nearer the truth than we'd like to believe. There are plenty in the Balkans who would love another war.

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...


Never fear you have Cameron and the English conservatives to save you from 'unelected hordes in Europe'...

Oh dear perhaps not

should of said Chameleon and not OR would of

Indyanhat said...

Pidgeons, home and roost, together with sheep and ,spring readily to mind....

Indyanhat said...

Sorry Rosie seem to have dropped the 'fleeced' from the above!

Apogee said...

"Bosnia's European envoy would report to a new 'managing director' for Russia and the EU eastern neighbours, a new high-ranking post in Brussels "

Where the hell did Russia come into the EU, or is this now admitting the fact of the EUSSR.

Are they forgetting the probability there are more weapons in this area than in the British army and a lot of people on both sides who would be very happy to use them.

Is some one high up in the EU thinking a war could solve a lot of EU problems, no, I did not say solve our problems.

Scotland needs out, pronto.
The SNP needs to re-think the whole situation yesterday. At the moment they are behind the game.Its passed them by and they had better catch up and reconnect with the people, very quickly.

Tcheuchter said...

"If the SNP did rethink their policy they would gain so many more votes from eurosceptics."

They'd certainly gain one.

subrosa said...

Aye, OR would indeed Niko.

subrosa said...

Tut tut indyan, mustn't forget the fleeced. We all are, constantly.

subrosa said...

Apogee, I did wonder why Russia came into the picture. There was no explanation given in the article and I could find nothing with searching.

Indeed the SNP need to rethink this. Now.

subrosa said...

There are a lot of us around Tcheuchter, I assure you. Problem is the SNP aren't listening.

William said...

Although some prominent members of the SNP support EU Membership, I thought the official line was that the people of Scotland will be given a chance to vote on the matter in a referendum (ditto keeping the Monarchy)?
That's more than is on offer from any other major Party (not counting UKIP).

subrosa said...

William, where did you pop up from? Nearly missed you there and that would never do. :)

Calum Cashley said quite a while ago he'd send me the SNP policy on the EU William but he's never got round to it, so really I can't confirm that. Mind you, haven't heard it before either, but as I'm not a party member, that's possibly the reason.

Oldrightie said...

Ugly is as ugly does.

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