A little while ago, the EU, in concert with the USA, imposed sanctions on Russia.
Many EU countries had been very insistent that such sanctions be imposed, and many politicians in various EU countries assured their citizens that these sanctions would only hurt Russia, but not their own countries.
Then Russia imposed sanctions, mostly on a variety of food, like fruit, dairy products and fish. These sanctions hit EU countries. At first, the various leaders and the press ridiculed those particular sanctions – but all of a sudden, the shout for compensation from Brussels has become louder and louder.
Poland was the first, followed by Greece. Now Spain needs compensation and even Norway is checking what to do, as their exports of farmed salmon is hit.
But there is one example which makes me ponder if all those compensation claims are what they seem to be: Finland announced that their dairy industry has to put 800 employees either on forced leave or sack them altogether.
Of course, Brussels would need to compensate them – because of the sanctions. Doesn’t this look more like a planned restructuring, for which Brussels can now be made to pay?
There’s more: our own British pig farmers are very worried because they may have to lower their prices due to market pressure because EU farmers will sell their produce on EU markets, now that they cannot sell them to Russia any longer. According to the BBC.
In other words – thanks to our membership in the EU, our country has been dragged first into the economic mess that is the Ukraine, and now we’re being dragged into the far greater economic mess which is solely based on the misguided politics of the EU leaders. Now every ailing industry throughout the EU, from farmers to manufacturers, is clamouring for financial aid – and you have three guesses out of which wallets that aid will be paid!
But don’t worry: Brussels is on the case, flexing non-existent muscles. We hear that the EU is telling South American countries like Chile and Brazil not to export their agricultural produce to Russia … that will work, right?
Meanwhile, Exxon, a US company, is going ahead with the joint venture with Rosneft, to explore gas and oil in the Arctic. Washington says these are ‘old agreements’ which must be kept. I am sure the French will be delighted to hear that, as obviously they can now export the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia, as agreed: a case of “quod licet jovi et licet bovi!’
Photo by Chris Canipe