November 24, 2005

IN WHAT SENSE IS THE EAST A PART OF SUCH A EUROPE?:

Poles on ramparts of EU culture war (Graham Bowley, NOVEMBER 24, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

When Polish members of the European Parliament erected an anti-abortion display in a parliamentary corridor in Strasbourg last week, Ana Gomes, a Socialist legislator from Portugal, felt she had to act.

The display showed children in a concentration camp, linking abortion and Nazi crimes. "We found this deeply offensive," Gomes said. "We tried to remove it." A loud scuffle ensued as Gomes and the Poles traded insults before the display was bundled away by the Parliament's guards.

But the matter did not end there. The incident was the latest skirmish in what some here see as an incipient culture war in the heart of Europe, a clash of values that has intensified since predominantly Roman Catholic countries from Central and Eastern Europe joined the European Union last year. [...]

"New groups have come in from Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Catholicism is certainly becoming a very angry voice against what it sees as a liberal EU," said Michael Cashman, 54, a European parliamentarian from Britain who has campaigned for gay rights. "On women's rights and gay equality, we are fighting battles that we thought we had won years ago."

Europe's 'baby bust' signals major change (David R. Sands, November 24, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
In the cradle of Western civilization, the cradles are empty. From the Atlantic to the Urals, in good and bad economies, in Protestant and Catholic societies, the countries of Europe are witnessing an unprecedented decline in birthrates.

This "baby bust," analysts warn, will affect economic growth, social-welfare programs, patterns of immigration and Europe's ability to pull its weight diplomatically, culturally and militarily in the 21st century. [...]

The dearth of babies, coupled with longer life spans for today's elderly, "have major implications for our prosperity, living standards and relations between the generations," according to a "green paper" on demographic change issued by the European Commission earlier this year.


Mr. Cashman appears not to have heard of Pyrrhus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 24, 2005 8:10 AM
Comments

It is only a matter of time before the EU starts thinking of forced euthanization.

Think of the savings...

Posted by: Bruno at November 24, 2005 9:49 AM

Bruno:

It's for the (adult) children!

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 24, 2005 9:55 AM

Consider that this "socialist legislator" has surely been exposed to how many incidents of George W. Bush and the US Army being compared to Nazis? I'm sure she "found this deeply offensive" and most certainly "tried to remove" the offenders saying it.

Whoa, did I just see a pig fly by my window?

Uh huh.

Posted by: Andrew X at November 24, 2005 10:24 AM

"pull its weight militarily in the 21st century"... what a quaint 19th century concept....

Posted by: ed at November 24, 2005 10:50 AM
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