The incredible drama of refugees and migrants: the unsupportive, illegal, immoral EU

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The meeting of the 27 EU countries in Turkey to tackle at once the immense and bloody tragedy of migrants and refugees has concluded in the most unacceptable and regrettable possible way -with a provisional agreement, fortunately-. Due both to the triggered society’s reactions and those of the European Parliament, it is expected not to be ratified the next day 17th. Hopefully, ashamed, unequivocally will decide to comply with the guidelines included in the international Treaties and, of course, in the ethical guidelines. So long speaking of the "State of Law" and at the first opportunity, do not only take immoral but illegal decisions.

I have called the attention several times to the recurrent non-fulfillment of the principles so clearly enunciated in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000). The first article refers to the equal dignity. The second one to the right to life...

Without leadership, surrounded by the most thoroughly whirlwind of neoliberalism, the European Union is not only unable to take appropriate measures timely but, in addition, allows the emergence of disturbing outbreaks of xenophobia and class discrimination.

With great argue and gestures, the European Monetary Union -so generous with financial institutions without direction-  has promised to pay in three years an amount that makes blush and outrages when it is compared with the funds to pay the "debt", with tax evasion, with the “financial support” given to a single bank in Spain, with investments in weapons and military expenditures (3 billion dollars a day), with the multimillion fortunes of some tycoons "whose hands are closed opaque," in the words of Jose Angel Valente ...

Let’s say the truth. Let’s say what the situation of tax havens is, what the reality is in order to change it. And seek with rigor and actively the origin of this terrible situation we must face. Who invaded Iraq based on lies? Thousands and thousands of dead and mutilated, thousands of displaced people ... who have been arising resentment and even hatred in some cases -less which would be expected-. Who decided haphazardly the results of the "Arab Spring"? The European Union is only a monetary union when it should be, first, a political, social and economic union provided with autonomous security ... And who and why they decide practically to reduce the development aid in order to prevent migratory flows forced by hunger and extreme poverty?

Until now, European citizens have been passive spectators of such incompetence. But I am sure that now "We, the peoples" ... shall be unable to look at the eyes of these sad, anguished and perplexed children who cause emotions and awaken consciences, so that in a short time, a great popular outcry will rise in order that a radical change happens in the current behavior of the European Union. And that urgently will be convened an Extraordinary Session of the United Nations General Assembly to be a democratic multilateralism that take the reins of common destiny and not the acknowledged inability of plutocratic groups. Global problems require global institutions. As Amin Maalouf stated “Unprecedented situations require unprecedented solutions”.

In 2016, the International Year of "Disarmament for Development" has been declared by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1910. What is spent in a few days in weapons and military expenditures, could solve many problems that urges the world today without affecting the international safety.

In this way it would be possible the transition from an economy of speculation, productive delocalization and war to an economy of sustainable and human development knowledge-based on a global scale. The transition from a culture of imposition, domination and violence to a culture of encounter, reconciliation, alliance and peace.

Let’s take into account, I will tirelessly insist on it, that currently points of no return can be reached and, therefore, it is urgent to act resolutely so human rights, ethical and democratic principles should lead the action at these moments, which are at once, of deep concern and hope. Because, for the first time in history, at the dawn of the century and millennium, the voice of all human beings cannot only be heard progressively but to be listened.