As I am Dutch I start with the always critical Dutch language blog Dutch Disease they pointed me to what they called an excellent article in the Chicago Sunday Times: “U.S. can sit back and watch Europe implode”. The article, I am afraid, describes quite well, some of the current problems in Europe. Or as Dutch Disease says: "The 21st century is being built elsewhere". They also linked to some other articles "Putting the fear of God into Holland" of Sunday Times that gives a good oversight of the Dutch immediate problems (although the article is quite left wing). They link also to the NYT - "More Dutch Plan to Emigrate as Muslim Influx Tips Scales" that shows also to be an disturbing view on the Dutch situation.
Next to The Netherlands is Belgium in which they speak for 50% Dutch and for that other half they speak French (oops I am forgetting the German speaking minority!). Maybe the French speaking part have a compulsion to compensate for their weak position and make the country even more French then France it self, because politically the Belgiums are I think the biggest idiots of whole Europe. But even in this country that host the capital of the European apparatchiks there is hope. Belgium blogger DownEast has a story on a pro Bush Belgium Professor named Cogen, who citizens the EU policies:
"Dialogue alone will not work. Europe is talking with the Arab world for 30 years now, with a lot of diplomats, experts and committees. The result? Very few reforms, and no solutions. I find it amazing how Europe keeps believing in something that yields no results. And they have the same attitude towards Africa, where the problems are even greater. Europe believes that by throwing money and experts at the problems, they will disappear. The hard conclusion should be that with some regimes, talking is useless. Even economic sanctions do not help, as they reinforce the local dictatorship, and make only the people suffer, and not the elites."
Both Down East and Belgium blogger LVB quote also an other Belgium Professor of the same University of Genth saying:
"Continental Europe is evolving towards a socialist economy where the state absorbs and redistributes the largest part of the national product. The private sector is tolerated as a cow to be milked to the limits of the sustainable. Entrepreneurs are diabolized by the socialist-bureaucratic elites as scrooges, polluters, tax evaders etc."
Well, that kind of voices give the freedom loving people in Europe hope. But also from an other neighbor of The Netherlands comes good news. They have the always-critical Medienkritik, they report on an interview with Richard Perl in the well-known German magazine "Die Weld". They have translated the interview in which Perl says that history will proof Berlin and Paris wrong. Perl points out that Europe was wrong about the cold war and now wrong about the war on terror. He predicts that with Iran, the EU will play the same game as with Iraq...
Even from the hearth land of the idea of the European counter weight there are comming critical sounds. French blog No-Pasaran comments on an article of Victor David Hanson about the Bush visit to Europe, published in the Wall Street Journal. No-Pasaran:
"We are hardly any further along before the 'summit' - no worse for the wear, and only slightly less confused about intentions. The opportunity to show either some moral bravery, or a clear explanation of their past position or future intentions were completely missed".
In the North of Europe, where traditionally the communist influence has been the strongest I have discovered a great blog about the affairs in Norway and Sweden. Here Fjordman is reporting about similar events in Norway and Sweden as the DutchReport does for The Netherlands. Fjordman has a great story about how politicians who are critical about Islam are under threath, just like in the Netherlands and other European countries. In an other story of Fjordman, it is reported how Swedish court recognized Sharia law. Scary...
Although these bloggers heavily criticize the current politics in the European countries, the upside is that the growing awareness can be a sign that thing can change in the future. The reports may show a weakened civilization, but criticism is the only way to make the Europeans and their societies stronger again. Let’s just hope the criticism gets loud enough to make a difference.
We have a long way to go...