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Outpost of the European Union. German award for the Baltic trio

Last Saturday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the Westphalian Peace Prize to presidents of three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in German Munster. Reinhard Zinkann, chairman of the Westphalian Economic Society, which, in fact, awards this award, explained to Deutsche Welle: “Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the northern outposts of the European Union, because of their geographical position, these countries are vulnerable today. It is necessary to appreciate their efforts to integrate into Europe and provide them with support. ”


Political conjuncture and real story

The Westphalian Prize was awarded to the Baltic countries by the influential German economic association Westphalia and Lippe in January. Then it was announced that the solemn act of presenting the international award will be held in July. Now the event has come true by replenishing the photo library of the leaders of the Baltic states with a joint photo with statuettes, according to the idea of ​​the organizers of the award, symbolizing European integration.

The Westphalian business community established its ambitious award exactly 20 years ago. Like any regional association, it is somewhat constrained in means. Therefore, the prize is awarded once every two years, and its cash equivalent is only 100 thousand euros.

This amount is substantial enough for individual reward applicants. At various times, it was honored by the first Czech President Vaclav Havel, the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the former French President Valerie Giscard d'Estaing, the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and other reputable politicians in the world.

However, even for such small countries as the current winners, the award serves not primarily financial support, but a symbol of recognition of the merits of these states, in this case “in their European integration”. Moreover, the international prestige of the Westphalian Prize was not given to the money of the local business association, but participation in the jury of such political heavyweights as President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Bundesbank Chairman Jens Weidmann.

In short, the political component of the Münster event was evident even before it began. The special character was given to her by the fact that this year Estonia and Latvia are celebrating a hundred years of independence, and Lithuania is the centenary of the restoration of statehood.

The founders of the prize do not conceal that its current award is directly related to these significant events for the Balts, which today are interpreted as “gaining independence from the Russian statehood and its influence”. This thesis, like the rabid Russophobia of the Baltic politicians and their leaders, became the motivating factor in awarding the German award to all Baltic countries at once.

It is appropriate to recall the already mentioned Zincann with its “northern outpost of the European Union”. It sounds relish, but slyly. Anyway, most of the national history of the Baltic states is still connected with Europe, and not at all in the best way. The world is well aware of the times when the Germans ruled in Latvia.

For the most part, they constituted the local nobility, and the Latvians were only serfs, who were even forbidden to enter Riga. A similar story was with the neighbors of the Estonians. With the only difference that the Danes held the upper hand. Now, the old history was rewritten under the new conjuncture, and the heirs of the German nobles presented the Baltic leaders in gratitude for their confrontation with Russia, premium statues and piles of euros.

Confrontation course

One of the organizers of the action in Münster, the managing director of the Westphalian Economic Society, Jost Springsgut, tried to explain to the public how the Baltic countries are so different from their Eastern European partners who joined the EU in the same 2004 year (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic ).

In his opinion, the European integration of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is more convincing. “All three countries, after a tough course of economy, showed good economic results, and because of this, as well as the political will of their leaders, they have already introduced the euro into circulation,” noted Springergut at Deutsche Welle and called them “exemplary countries in terms of democracy, economic development and digital technology. "

Photo: Herr Steinmeier's Twitter

But another point of view, little popular in the West. In the hot embrace of the European Union, the Baltic economies suffered serious losses. The share of agriculture in GDP here has more than doubled, and industrial production has also declined around. Separate industries crushed by European quotas disappeared altogether from economic circulation. Latvia, for example, completely stopped sugar production.

Advanced economists are pleased with this situation. In their opinion, the structure of the Baltic economy has now become consistent with the European, with a predominance of services over commodity production. How this relates to real life can be judged by the recent information from the press service of the Krasnoyarsk regional department of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

Practically on the day when the Baltic presidents posed with the figurines of the Westphalian Prize, this press service reported that the Krasnoyarsk citizens began supplying wheat to Lithuania. Only in May, Siberians sent Lithuanian 5,9 thousands of tons of food grain.

But in the Soviet Union, the Baltic republics were among the most developed. They were even called "the showcase of socialism." Here was a powerful ocean trawling fleet, built thermal and nuclear power plants. In large volumes, cars, radio receivers, telephones, tape recorders, devices and semiconductor chips, washing machines, refrigerators and many other things useful on the farm went to the all-Union market.

There was a job. She provided a decent salary. As Ernest Buived noted in his book The Latvian Way: Towards a New Crisis, in 1990, in the Baltic republics, the share of the population with a monthly income of more than 300 rubles (in the new time this corresponds to 2000 euros) was the maximum.

In Estonia, with such an income was every fifth resident. In Latvia - every sixth, in Lithuania - every seventh. Given that in the whole country this indicator was at the level of 8,8% - approximately one highly paid person at 12. Obviously, the Baltic was guided by a repetition to the European Union to repeat this.

Brussels really helped its new countries with subsidies and subsidies. Together with the money of Baltic migrant workers, they accounted for a substantial part of the gross domestic product - about 10 percent. However, happiness is not brought. For this, we had to pay the very industry that provided a high income in the Soviet era.

As a result, now the level of wages in the Baltics is only 60 percent of the average European. For high incomes, people moved to the West. Eurostat indifferently records that, for example, people from Lithuania, for example, are now leaving for 120 to earn money every day.

The flow of people heading to more prosperous western countries is only increasing, creating a real threat to the depopulation of the Baltic states. After all, many expatriates are no longer planning to return, but over time they expect to receive the citizenship of the host country.

This problem is known. They are fighting with her. In Estonia, for example, the authorities adopted a law, according to which only those who “officially registered with the population register, having notified this authority of their departure for more than a year, are considered to be an emigrant. Not everyone follows this rule, as many work in neighboring Finland, which is 100 kilometers by sea. Now these people are registered as permanent residents of Estonia, seriously correcting the local emigration statistics.

Of course, in the Westphalian economic community they are aware of such features of the Baltic European integration. However, the Germans did not bother with these problems. They are mainly interested in one function of the Baltic countries - an outpost of deterrence in Russia.

For her, the heels of the Baltics is not enough. So we decided to cheer them up with a special award, the meaning of which is the only award - to encourage confrontation on the continent. And inexpensive ...

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  1. Vard
    Vard 20 July 2018 06: 14
    The real fact ... The ruler of one of the African countries on behalf of Queen Victoria was awarded an order made of a lid from a can .... This is all from the same opera ...
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 20 July 2018 06: 25
      Walter Steinmeier presented the Westphalian Peace Prize to the Presidents of three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
      how nice it is, a poor, worthless, useless tribaltika ...
      1. MPN
        MPN 20 July 2018 11: 22
        Quote: Andrey Yurievich
        Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

        And I think why they curl like that? And there it turns out they give medals and probably a chocolate bar ...
  2. Basil50
    Basil50 20 July 2018 06: 54
    The Balts remember both their owners and their service. To the Baltic states, the German Danes are still a role model. After the WWII, under the protection of the Germans, the Balts massacred everyone whom they pointed to, during the GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR the Balts again repeated their exploits of robbery and murder, simultaneously finishing off the Jews. In the Baltic countries, antique shops are still full of trophies from those pogroms and robberies.
    Today in the Baltic states * non-citizens * absolutely officially exist and this causes delight in Europe. Caucasians themselves do not yet dare to follow the Nazi past, but nostalgia remains. So they express, albeit through prizes and monetary lure, the full approval of Nazism, albeit so far in the former colonies, where the memory of the owners is alive and cultivated.
  3. 1536
    1536 20 July 2018 07: 05
    I didn’t even read. The Germans, after the Soviet troops left Germany, seemed to take up the old. And their "advance to the East" may end in a very big tragedy. And it would be time to stop this German rudeness, not leading to a new war.
    1. credo
      credo 20 July 2018 10: 46
      Quote: 1536
      I didn’t even read. The Germans, after the Soviet troops left Germany, seemed to take up the old. And their "advance to the East" may end in a very big tragedy. And it would be time to stop this German rudeness, not leading to a new war.

      How do you propose to stop the "German rudeness"? May simply not write about it.
      In the USSR, the majority of those Baltic politicians who were already over 1991 by 20, as a rule, were members of the Komsomol or the CPSU and were gloriously indignant at the crimes of the American military and the life of the “decaying” west, sitting on good salaries. After 1991, life changed and the USSR unfortunately collapsed for the majority of the country's citizens, but rogues, careerists and degenerates remained, and now they serve other masters, for example Germany, along the way watering Russia with slops.
      Russia and Germany never went to friends, but because of German handouts, their henchmen mongrels to raise a bucket there is no sense.
      1. 1536
        1536 20 July 2018 11: 02
        You should never hush up anything. The president of Germany went to the Baltic states to reward the "neo-fascists" there, in Russia there are enough organizations that can officially speak out on this subject, to announce to the Germans that Russia is strongly opposed to the revival of any form of fascism, be it neo-fascism or veneration of recent German history, and not to hide a smile in his mustache, bashfully blushing that 73 years ago we had to pacify the Germans in their very Berlin. Self-esteem must be had (here I agree about the "Komsomol members") and self-preservation too. That’s how it goes, so there’s just one “election”, and in Germany the new A. Hitler, don’t go to a fortuneteller, will appear for sure. After all, the Nazis in 1933 took power in a completely democratic way, without "color revolutions" and "conspiracy of special services."
        1. credo
          credo 20 July 2018 12: 23
          Quote: 1536
          You should never hush up anything.

          But Russia does not remain silent and constantly reminds Western "partners" that they erect monuments to fascist henchmen in the Baltic states and hold festive processions in their honor, and the Russian-speaking population has been deprived of citizenship. Since these reminders have the same effect as peas on the wall, in addition to reminders, Russia is improving its weapons, remember that for some countries and individuals the real argument for our innocence is an exceptionally good "club" and a good "kick in the ass."
  4. aszzz888
    aszzz888 20 July 2018 07: 16
    Therefore, the prize is awarded once every two years, and its cash equivalent is only 100 thousand euros.

    ... threw a piece to their mongrel - let them fight and share ... bully
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 20 July 2018 07: 45
    Walter Steinmeier handed Westphalian Peace Prize the presidents of the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
    Is it time to name this award in another way - "For contribution to the fight against Russia". And if you think about it, these are pure echoes of the genetic memory of the Germans - who, if not the Baltic states, should be awarded for their contribution to the destruction of the Slavs of eastern Europe. Dives.
  6. TochkaY
    TochkaY 20 July 2018 07: 50
    As a fish goes out of its head. So in states it happens. What can people do? The top is bought and fed. The same Merkel is afraid of Trump. And the rest even more so.
    Our TRP badge is more honest and more important than all their awards.
  7. parusnik
    parusnik 20 July 2018 08: 10
    Interested in 100 for each Baltic president or for three? If for three, 000 into three is not very divided ... smile
    1. The Siberian barber
      The Siberian barber 20 July 2018 23: 26
      You forgot about the "commission", giving a bonus laughing
  8. NF68
    NF68 20 July 2018 15: 52
    However, the Germans did not bother with these problems. They are mainly interested in one function of the Baltic countries - the outpost of containing Russia.

    This is not so simple. Currently, there are more than 6000 joint German-Russian enterprises and the Germans in the future do not intend to curtail their activities in Russia. Currently, some serious problems have arisen because of the sanctions, but if the United States continues to introduce additional customs duties on products from the EU, the leading EU countries will inevitably have to look for other markets, including Russia and Iran. The leading EU countries are also interested in reliable supplies of energy from Russia, since in Europe there is no way to provide themselves with oil, gas and other things from their sources. The countries of the Middle East are not reliable enough in terms of energy supplies, and buying large amounts of expensive LNG in the USA is also not the best option. It remains Russia, a number of countries that emerged on the territory of the former USSR and the same Iran which, just in case, should not be discounted.
    1. tracer
      tracer 21 July 2018 04: 35
      everything is so except that they want to change the course of independent Russia by making it their Vasal ..
      1. NF68
        NF68 21 July 2018 14: 44
        Quote: tracer
        everything is so except that they want to change the course of independent Russia by making it their Vasal ..

        Many have already realized that this will not succeed. And the habit of barking anyone later remained. Here are some people who are trying mainly just to once again at least so remind of themselves.
    APASUS 20 July 2018 22: 30
    The prize was awarded for inciting Russophobia, just what the Germans cannot afford openly, but they can support. Moreover, if anything, the Germans will not fight for the Baltic states. But Springsensgut couldn’t say such a phrase about Germany as a politician would have ended in the morning. A third of the country left, it’s already openly recognized as a demographic catastrophe, but that’s good. Who is good?
    European integration of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is more convincing. “All three countries, after a tough course of saving, showed good economic results and, thanks to this, as well as the political will of their leaders, have already put the euro into circulation

    Something reminiscent of the award to Kudrin, as the best finance minister of Europe. This is when money is not invested in one’s own country, but chased to the countries of the West.
    1. NF68
      NF68 21 July 2018 14: 47
      Quote: APASUS
      Moreover, if anything, then the Germans will not fight for the Baltic states.

      But is it very necessary for the Germans in the 3 time to seriously fight exclusively for the sake of the Americans taking advantage of this again?
  10. The Siberian barber
    The Siberian barber 20 July 2018 23: 21
    "Serve - you will receive a badge" (c)