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Another reality wich is not politicaly correct is that all the countries which this immigrants are coming from have been governed by some kinds of potentates who were able to governe their country with the financial, military and political aid coming from countries and private companies who just wanted to make some money in a short time. We got the money and I’m afraid we now have to give some change.
This is an exemple of what we, French, did (i.e financed) for the leader of Central African Republic which is has always been one of the poorest country in the world :
We were (and are) not the only ones to do this kind of things.
While France, the UK and other countries plundered Africa during decades, there way out was somewhat different. The UK opted for the Commonwealth approach while the “France-Afrique” was mostly aimed at avoiding any development in Africa to encourage these countries to continue buying French products, and using the Franc CFA as an economical leash (this is the French speaking Africa’s view). So European countries profited from dictatorships at different level as it helped their economies and geopolitical position during the cold war.
But is it a reason to accept an uncontrolled immigration? I don’t think so, not only for Europe, but also for Africa. The only way, in my view, is to help these countries in their local development so they become attractive to their young generation. This is at least Switzerland’s approach: https://www.eda.admin.ch/deza/en/home.html. And for the record, the last country we tempted to invade was Lombardia in 1515 (didn’t work!). So this is not a redemption approach…23 Jul 2018
We are probably somewhat beyond the aim of this forum. That said, we, business travelers, are affected by these developments.
The bottom line, no matter what are one’s political view is, must remain pragmatic. Either we want a decent if not a good level of social services, with by definition limited means, and we have to limit the number of beneficiaries, or we don’t. In the former case, there is no other solution than filtering immigration. The latter case means the loss of social services. Many politicians however tend to pretend the contrary with the devastating results we know.
The problem Europe faced in the aftermath of what we wrongly called the Arab spring and the destruction of some of the Middle Eastern regimes, is related to that massive immigration, that for most of the cases was economical! If you think about it, fleeing a war doesn’t require to go to Europe. So we are currently witnessing nothing else than fed-up EU citizens calling for the end of the current madness. This is not really politically correct. But it is the reality in which we are leaving.22 Jul 2018
Mrs.LP has this awful habit of leaving her bag, open, on the counter then wandering round the shop in the belief no one will steal anything from her.
One day I nicked her purse. We left the shop and three shops later went to pay for what she had finally decided to buy. Shock and horror her purse with cards and money all gone!!! Now in total panic and about to go back to the other shops I confessed and gave her the purse back. Did she learn her lesson? Absolutely not as she still does it! It infuriates me no end….
And you survived? You’re lucky. I would have been killed for that 🙂21 Jul 2018
With all due respect, LP, I am probably a bit younger and never lived those days with tons of luggage. As far as I can remember, I always travelled with one piece of luggage in the hold, admittedly sometime heavy (30kg). It is still true today as I hardly can travel with cabin luggage only since my suits would not fit in.in reply to: Why are we so useless at packing suitcases?16 Jul 2018
FRA being the worse hub in Europe, I haven’t used it lately. That said, the LF business class product is all right, but no more. Avoid the seats in V is travelling alone as your feet might be in contact with your neighbours… I would without hesitation though prefer BA, AF or even Swiss for that trip…in reply to: Advice on Lufthansa Business Class28 Jun 2018
You can’t write the code, Tom? I am disappointed… 🙂
Another route would be to have the report visible only after say 3 reported… This would avoid personal vendetta while still helping the community with an efficient reporting procedure.in reply to: Reporting posts for 'inappropriate content'25 Jun 2018