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En passant

The danger to our European democracies has not been as great since 1948 as it is today! We now have to be particularly careful not to do it casually and clammy secretly Ursula von der Leyen seize the opportunity and not only suspend the rule of law mechanism, but also bury all the sanctions that have already been decided against the anti-democratic governments in the EU.

Worse still, in view of the Ukraine war, the EU is even continuing to finance the expansion of the Eastern European EU member states into flawless democracies!

I already dare to say that in about five years our politicians will be completely surprised at how at least Poland and Hungary could only become dictatorships.

Schroeder syndrome

The causes of this disease, which occurs particularly in German parliaments, are not yet fully known. The experts currently tend to get this disease, which is absolutely deadly for other people, if you either accept corruption payments and other perks for years, or if you carry the genetic defect of totalitarianism in you.

In any case, none of our parties, even the truly democratic ones, have so far been spared from the Schröder syndrome.

In the early stages of this disease, affected patients tend to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at police officers and cut the brake hoses or loosen wheel nuts on soldiers' cars.

war profiteer

It is true that no reliable statements can yet be made about the course of the war, but the usual war profiteers have already been identified. So it is quite likely that Ukraine will soon no longer exist, but that countless aid organizations will have been rehabilitated over decades. This is one of the really terrible sides of the war, which I was able to experience for the first time during the Bosnian conflict and which has left me with serious mental damage to this day.

That's why I can only recommend anyone who actually wants to help to be very careful about who they donate to or hand over relief goods to. I strongly recommend contacting official Ukrainian authorities first and, if this is not possible, then contacting aid organizations, which actually have very, very many Ukrainian employees.

Unfortunately, the same applies to arms deliveries. Only those weapons really reach the fighting troops that are handed over to them personally. If you go through "middlemen" you will soon find many of these weapons in all corners of the world. Or even worse, they gather dust in the basements of busy officials because the fighting troops were unable to fill out the necessary form correctly.


Just read it in the New York Times. Journalists there — probably with the appropriate experience — are also thinking about who to donate to. They recommend four aid organizations, but also with the following general note:

"Many of the experts we spoke to for this article shared the same advice: If you decide to donate, specify that your gift go toward the conflict in Ukraine. Otherwise, your money may end up paying for a charity's general operating expenses."

New York Times How To Help Ukraine (02.03.2022)

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Jean Harlow

  • What you write there is extremely bitter, but seems understandable if you have experienced it all directly. So we made a rather generous wrong donation to ZDF – Emergency Help. But what do you want to do? Sometimes I think there are hardly any good solutions left. You mentally turn back and forth. Maybe that's how it has to be with Europe at the moment, a perspective network, so to speak. And then the Western EU members should join forces for closer cooperation, in a closer, more binding kind of confederation, for which they will then also use significant parts of their other EU budget. And if that's only possible through the contract book, then that's the same breach of contract that some of the Eastern countries also do. Then you have to accept that and get to the point. This confederation should then be open to other countries that at some point also want the newly formulated, more binding criteria. This has to come from the population, not only because of the threat of intra-European sanctions, in the sense of a political process that has also been formulated in stable representation as a kind of operating system of the state, and that reliably. Perhaps there will be a prospective Europe and one that is already concrete and binding. Kind regards, Walther