Sunday, September 27, 2009



By Kevin Stoda, Wiesbaden, Gemany

(whose foreign born wife has not been able to enter Germany for 10 months—even though EU law gives her the right to come here)

I was bicycling on the Rhine River yesterday afternoon and stopped in the beautiful town of Eltville .

All along the way between Wiesbaden and Ruedesheim, I had observed signs of hard-working and friendly peoples who did not look particularly German (i.e. light colored skin and European face and hair shades). For example, there were well-integrated Asian and African faces speaking to their kids in German in several of the places I was at, including the café I relaxed at.

In Eltville, I had stopped at a café in order to enjoy a cappuccino and poppy-seed cake. I picked up the local monthly paper (September 2009), the RHEINGAU. On p. 5 of the RHEINGAU was an article entitled “WE NEED EVERY CHILD”. The subtitle read: “What will happen when we are 125 years old?”

The story included a short summary of a presentation from a demographer, Dr. Winfried Koesters, to several regional working groups in the Rheingau region. The main points of Koesters provocative discussion were that with new medicine and better models of living a more productive (and long ) life, Germans needed to consider what the country’s actual needs would be if and when the average age of the elderly were to reach 125.

The article shared important and interesting data, such as how the country needed not only care givers but trained specialists and lifelong learners and helpers to confront the challenge of an aging population. “For example, the 80,000 Germans leaving school with no diploma each year was obviously contrary to the needs of society.” Dr. Koesters pointed out.

The tiny European state of Andorra already finds itself with the average age of life expectancy to have long since passed 80. Several other European states are nearly that far along.

Koesters addressed 4 areas that were of concern to the Rheingau residents. Committees in Rheingau, by the way, already exist. These committees are looking into these following 4 areas in order to plan for better and greater development in Germany .

These four research questions to the Rheingau communities are:

(1) “How can the elderly choose to be more active in society and life?”

(2) “How can we promote more attractive villages and towns—and the multiple faces of the region?”

(3) “What new models of living in homes and community need to be developed?”

(4) “Do you just live here or do you do more than that?

All of these research queries require more participation by an increasingly larger number of younger citizens and residents.

Obviously, as the older generations are increasing in population numbers, people of all generations will need to learn to get along with one another and help one another more. So, I would recommend that one point, which is not clearly on the Rheingau agenda, be included: the role of the non-German born person and their families. In short, this query of mine refers to the common German problem of the last centuries, i.e. in its failure to integrate more foreigners into local and national community.

Most worrisome has been the recent firm EU backlash against foreigners and a growing resistance to properly integrate foreigners more fully. Germany is not the only culprit, though, the entire European continent has built a fortress around itself in the last decades—even as demographers have cried out that closing the doors on new immigration and underfunding integration efforts is a NO-GO.

This EU (and German) ideology against fuller integration of foreigners is a very self-destructive position because many foreigners, taking Italy for example, already fulfill the role of care giver for the aged. For example, Italy ’s newest laws cracking down on illegals last year has intentionally exempted those illegals who are undertaking housekeeping and care-giver roles.


On Friday, September 24, Andrea Boehm published a very well researched article entitled WILLKOMMEN IN EUROPA in the newspaper, DIE ZEIT. In her piece, Boehm charges that “EU States are doing everything they can to scare away refugees.” Moreover, “They let refugees drown right before European eyes on a regular basis.”

Boehm also explains that the anti-illegal hysteria in Europe has been overblown by almost every European state—including Germany —over the past decade.

Boehm cited the HWWI’s ( Hamburg World Economic Research Institute) Dita Voegel who stated in her project “Clandestine”: Voegel stated, “The Germany has been claiming that there are between half a million to one million illegal immigrants, however, the HWWI has found evidence of only 200- to 400,000 within German borders. Similarly, the European Union has been claiming that there from 4.5 to 8 million illegals within EU borders but HWWI has demonstrated that there is as low as 2.8 million” illegals in Europe currently.

Boehm contrasted that with South Africa alone, which supports 7 million illegals (many of them refugees from Zimbabwe ) currently.

In short, Europe is not being overrun to the extent that it has feared and “the Fortress Europe” mentality and Europe´s manner of kicking out refugees and would-be immigrants (or letting them drown at sea) is a poor way to proceed economically and social these days.

The crack down on foreigners in Germany in recent years has led to a decline in foreigners living within German borders for the first time in decades. It has also reduced the numbers of applicants to come to Germany significantly. (Meanwhile, in Greece , the largest concentration camps have been set up at the lowest possible standards. Greece has done this because Germany and other states are not helping it out and many immigrants now come through Turkey or across the Mediterranean to Athens .)



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