Category Archives: Politics

Restructuring the World after Corona

New Deal Needed The world has been affected by a pandemic with terrible consequences. Millions of people have fallen ill, about 400,000 have died and many of the survivors have a long way back to normal life after the illness. There is increasing unemployment, companies in bankruptcy and gigantic economic losses for individuals, companies and society. And for all of us everyday life has become sad and one-handed without normal human contacts. Few of us have experienced anything like it, none of us want it to ever happen again. One…

Death from Wuhan

A few years ago, I wanted to prove to myself that I could still comprehend German, so I bought Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice” as an e-book. I had to struggle to get through the book. In the beginning, only philosophical thoughts and reflections expressed in a most complicated language with all verbs at the end of the sentence, while nothing really happened. But I had decided to read the book, and I did. What I remember best is the mood, a mood I have now experienced in reality. The…

Även befolkningsökningen är ett hot mot mänskligheten!

På 3397 meters höjd på vulkanen Mauna Loa på Hawaii ligger ett observatorium. Där mäts sedan år 1958 koldioxidhalten i atmosfären. Den långa mätserien och läget på en bergstopp ute i Stilla Oceanen gör att mätstationen utgör en referens för världens samtliga mätstationer. Den s.k. Keelingkurvan visar att koldioxidhalten i atmosfären ständigt stigit från 315 ppm (miljondelar) år 1958 till 415 nu i år, sålunda en ökning med 100 ppm eller + 32 %. Den svenske kemisten och fysikern Svante Arrhenius var först att beskriva växthuseffekten, vilket är koldioxidens förmåga…

Helping refugees is not enough – we must prevent future refugee disasters

“- we know there is no country in the world that has managed to lift poverty without investing in family planning.” Interview with Melinda Gates in Dagens Nyheter. This post was first published on Liberal Words, a blog for ALDE Party Individual Members How many immigrants are welcome to Europe? For many years there has been a conflict in the migration issue between liberals claiming human rights to free movement and xenophobians opposing all forms of immigration of people with different skin color and background. While the former focus on…

Separatism in a united Europe

While we have a strive to unite Europe, there are ongoing activities in Catalunya to separate this region from Spain. I have no specific opinion on how well founded this is and what advantages a separation from Spain would have for the Catalans, but I think that each people has the right to self-determination. The problem is that this right is not generally accepted. If we take United Nations, it consists of states, all of those negative to separatist tendencies in their own countries and therefore, in principle, against such…

Heart of Darkness

The photos show the first and the present rulers of Congo ( DRC), namely King Leopold II of Belgium and President Joseph Kabila. Whatever failures President Kabila has made during his time as president, they are small compared with the atrocities that took place under King Leopold. The colonial rule of Congo may be considered to have been of the absolute worst kind. Even after independence this legacy has continued hitting the Congolese population. In a way, even Kabila might be considered a victim of the colonial rule. On March…

After Trump – now we must act against growing populism in Europe

For a long time populist, xenophobic and anti-EU parties have gained increasing influence in many European countries. With the election of Donald Trump for president of the United States, these parties have gained even more confidence and now pose a threat to EU cohesion. Their voters consist partly of groups with stagnating or declining incomes, but what really ties them together is their aversion against migrants and their fear of Islamic fundamentalism. Unfortunately, there is a risk that migrant flows and terrorism are not transient problems, but may increase in…

Europeans – now we have to take responsibility for our own future!

When I last wrote on this blog, it was under the heading “Europe – We may have just 4 years left under the US umbrella”. Sorry, I was wrong. After the surprising announcement this morning that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States, this change is imminent. Europe has been like a barge in tow after the American tugboat, if the hawser is suddenly chopped off before we can operate on our own, we may drift where we don´t want to land! This is happening in…

Europe – We may have just 4 years left under the US umbrella

6 April next year it is one hundred years since the United States, reluctantly, entered into World War I. This made a major contribution to the victory of the allies, but to a huge cost for the Americans, including 110,000 deaths. During the past century we Europeans have come to taking the American interest in guarding our interests for granted. The question is, for how long time will this last? In a newly published interview with the new US ambassador to Sweden she was asked: What do you say to…

EU – a proposal for a new immigration policy

Europe was unprepared for the influx of immigrants European politicians turned, during four years, a blind eye to the war in Syria. When finally the accumulated amount of Syrian refugees and migrants from other countries started to flow into Europe last year like ketchup splashing out of a ketchup bottle, this seemed to come like a total surprise. Since so few preparations, political as well as practical, had been made, this has lead to a major European crisis, at least as serious as the economic crisis a few years ago….