Aug 15, 2008

Swedish superiority

Words from a high level Swedish civil servant of the European Commission, having lived in Brussels for the last 11 years :
"Belgium, in terms of development, is 50 years behind Sweden"
Me : "Do you seriously think that ? 50 years is a lot. As a high-level European civil servant, you should better consider other EU members, it's important to integrate, no ?"
She : "We can't integrate with such backward people !"

I checked the Human Development Index (defined by United Nations) for Sweden : It is 0.956, which puts Sweden in 6th position of the world nations behind Ireland. Belgium gets 0.946, which places it in 16th position, ahead of Luxembourg, New-Zealand, Italy, Hong-Kong and...Germany !
If 1/100th of a point mean 50 years backward, then Germany is around 150 years backward behind Sweden, which is well known...
I'm not sure the United Nations Index accounts for stupidity, though...
Hail EU integration ! With such xenophobic civil-servants, we're guaranteed to progress !

I have never heard so many national stereotypes and European internecine xenophobic declarations than since I reside in Brussels. And often from the very mouth of those who are lavishly paid to moderate them. My arms just fall. As a European expatriate used to work and live among other europeans, I am deeply shocked and I demand sanctions against EU civil servants who preach anti-European rhetoric !
With the imminent secession of Belgium on top, Brussels, with its bars and pubs filled with anti-EU propaganda from British far-right UKIP, is becoming shameful to the European integration. At a time when, after Yugoslavia, a new war is raging in Europe, Brussels and Belgium, but also many other EU members, dominated by xenophobia and anti-european feelings, are proving to the world, that no concord is possible between peoples. The very negation of the principles on which EU was based by its founding fathers : Franco-German reconciliation and the renunciation to war and hatred. I'm disgusted !

As for Sweden, I'm not surprised anymore at the progress of its own racist far-right that victimizes the Sami from Lapland.
I had already noticed in the past, through talking with Swedes, though they are great lecturers to others on human rights and tolerance, that the Sami question is absolutely off-limit to them. The very subject is taboo to Swedes. The very mentioning or enquiring about the question instantly triggers their wrath.
In the past, Swedes enjoyed looking down on Finns who they considered inferior. People have the Jews that they can...

And I'm constantly being told here that the French are chauvinists...
France, which is in 10th position on the human development index, so only 40 years backward behind those far superior Swedish gods, according to this well-advised civil servant.
France that remains, paradoxically, one of the most pro-european integration EU member and one of its most active builders.
Vive la France !

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