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An open letter to Europe

por Estado Sentido, em 10.02.12


When Mrs. Merkel was elected German Chancellor, she saw her predecessor Gerard Schroeder leaving for a profitable position provided by the questionable Russian democracy. Gas was the motive of that influence peddling and Europe is now at the mercy of Mr. Putin. Chancellor Merkel travels to China and Portuguese-speaking African countries. For clearly commercial purposes, Mrs. Merkel goes to Brazil and other South American countries, some of which are democracies that strangely resemble the Bonapartist model. Never mind the ethical arguments, because the business world does not stop at trifles, especially if Mercedes Benz or any other large German company can charge attractive dividends by exchanging technology for cash.


The CDU-SPD duo in the persons of Merkel and Schulz does not have a centennial historical memory that could allow them to look with some caution at the relations that a country like Portugal, nine centuries old, has established for over half a millennium with other continents. When the Portuguese arrived in China, the geographical expression of Germany lived fratricidal religious wars and its hundreds of micro-states were fighting for tiny portions of land, a piece of river that could offer a slight advantage over the others. All this in a framework of an illusory I Reich destroyed two hundred years ago by another European project, undoubtedly as imperial as the one some now seem to desire. France, that now follows Berlin’s purposes, had its brief moment of glory for a decade – actually undermined in Portuguese territory, where together with its traditional British ally Portugal fought and won for true freedom in the Europe of nations. Germany itself, the recent creation of just over a century, benefited from this Luso-British sacrifice, hearing the birth of its national consciousness in the bells tolled in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and London’s victory celebrations.


Portugal has its own foreign policy, not depleted in mere accounting exercises or transfers of funds. Unlike twenty-five other states of the European Union, our language, just like English, is spoken in four continents, the very ones that today's German businessmen and politicians ambition having as business partners. Portugal can, should and must participate in this effort to modernize and diversify its economy, which unlike Germany, will further complement the existing deep cultural relations with Africa, Asia and America. Never have the Portuguese allowed the imposition of Continental Blockades, free trade prohibitions or outrageous limitations of its sovereignty. The communitarian Europe that Portugal joined was the one that existed in 1985, very different in purposes and fundamentals from the Europe that some want to impose nowadays, countering the national sovereignties and identities and forgetting that only these allow for the international expression of the different peoples’ wills, formulated through the democratic institutions where they feel truly represented. It is through the plurality of belongings and the diversification of external relations that European states can best contribute to fulfil the Universalist vocation of the European Union in face of the challenges posed by globalization.


Germans must be warned of the dangers arising from the ignorance and adventurous spirit of their unconscious leaders. This is certainly a task for one of the three oldest countries in the Old Continent, precisely the one that has made Europe known to the world.


Miguel Castelo-Branco

Nuno Castelo-Branco

Samuel de Paiva Pires

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23 comentários

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De Anónimo a 10.02.2012 às 02:05

Very well written. Awesome!
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De anthony manesa a 10.02.2012 às 15:17

well put with panache .
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De JeanD (French) a 10.02.2012 às 12:38

"Never have the Portuguese allowed the imposition of Continental Blockades, free trade prohibitions or outrageous limitations of its sovereignty". => LoL? what happened to your centenial memory? => Treaty of 1703, Ultimatum of 1890... and others... Portugal was basically exploited and monitored by England who received in the end all the gold from south america... easy come, easy go...But that's of course a French point of view and you may disagree...

we obviously do not share the same understandings of the events following the French Revolution and the Napoleonics wars but since you were allied with Albion that's no surprise.. (speaking about "True Freedom",since when are you a democracy by the way?... 1974?... )

but i will stop with History since i'm only teasing you  so don't take it bad... i was just kinda bothered by your contemptuous tone about my country's(France) and our neighbour's (Germany) policy and history while presenting Portugal as a great achievment...

On the "serious part" about the becoming of Europe i do believe we need more integration and more federalism to fix EU problem... for instance with stricter budgets rules to avoid such crisis like those we are encountering now because some governements did not take their responsabilities towards citizen to stay popular and put others states at risk because of their behaviors... So, yes, i do support Germany and France on reinforcing EU power. Some country are like "Danaide Tonnel" if you know the old greek mythologic story and some others are getting tired to fill them with money...

Federalism would means of course less sovereignty on some points, doesnt mean total submission either! Federalism does protect a lot of the States rights if you look at the federal constitution around the world (USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland etc.)

You are claiming federalism was not one of the purpose of the founder of the CEE when you joined in but this  is a lie: read Monnet, Schuman etc. That was one of their original goal with the strategy of the "small steps" which was obvious to everyone...

That's why France didn't want England to get in because it only wanted a single pan-european market to make business. (That, and of course, the long resentment of 1000 years of fighting with them... even before Portugal even existed...) 

Moreover federalism doesn't mean to eradicate identities and specificities of the members, look at Canada, Switzerland or USA: does the states in those country looks identical, don't they have different culture and way of life? i don't think so... Especially in Canada and Switzerland where history mixed different languages and specific cultures who still exist nowadays.

About your conclusion on the  "ignorance and adventurous spirit of their unconscious leaders" , weirdly enough, i do believe Germany and France are still in better shape than most of EU country, so i think i trust them more than Greeks or Portuguese leaders...

I hope i wasn't rude, cause it wasn't my goal, but since you were writing an "open letter to Europ" which i completly disagree with  on many points, i had to be as clear as possible.
I wish you a good day and hope you have better weather than we have in France right now^^
PS: French is also spoken on all continents by the way...

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De Nuno Castelo-Branco a 10.02.2012 às 13:10

Well, the history about Napoleon's France "achievements" in Portugal it's done, as also is in the rest of Europe. The III Reich policy regarding unequal economical (and cultural "intervention") relationships had a good teacher. 

You must understand that if we exclude a very short period of time (1640-60), France was always an opponent of Portugal, always allied with the country who never recognised us as a nation, an independent entity. That cannot be put in question, so you must to understand our special and permeant ties with the U.K., even if we consider the Ultimatum of 1890 (due to the megalomania of the Portuguese Foreign Minister Barros Gomes and the opportunism of the republican party). France suffered a much "shameful" Ultimatum in Fachoda. Can you denied it? And France was then considered one of the "big powers".

You should also inform yourselff about the rise of the liberalism in Portugal. It started as an Constitutional item as far as 1834 and endured until 1910, at least. By the way, in a very French way, with clear handicaps for the regime of the Constitutional Monarchy. 

Your text it's very clear about the huge differences regarding Portugal's and France's aims for the defence of national interests. Are not the same and fortunately for us, our country never lived obsessed about fighting for some inches of land to conquer at expenses of our neighbour. The true is that Brazil it's something to consider and in Lisbon we see our cultural and linguistic space in a very different way.

* Forgive my English writing, please.
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De Prince Charles a 10.02.2012 às 13:52

Nuno, you can add something to your French reader: when the Napoleonic visits in 1807-10, Portugal lost more than 20% of it's population, an equivalent blood-tax to the German campaign in Russia (1941-44). When we visit Portuguese monuments, it's always  something missing but with a note: disappeared during the French Invasion. 

And what about their Fontainebleau Treaty/1807 celebrated with the Spanish? 
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De JeanD a 10.02.2012 às 14:34

I think you may call that a "Godwin Point" but i should let it pass... I just note that you skipped important part of the English friendly agreement of 1703 which ruined your economy since you imported most of your manufactured goods...

But the historic part was not the important part in my text, it was juste a small "teasing" because like i said i thought the article was excessive in its tone toward France and Germany... It wasn't meant to be exhaustive and was just a reminder that manicheism rarely works... (Article say in raw: great Portugal/England, Bad France/germany, which i of course disagree)
We could speak days and days about it without agreeing except on the dates of the different event. But it is always interesting anyway.

My main point was: with more integration and a mutual control of each others budget, it should stop political leaders in differents country to jeopardize the future of their citizen  by spending money in wrong ways for electoral short term gain.
Federalism is not an evil empire to controle countries, it even give more power to those small country in proportion of their size.
If we want to live together we need common rules that can be applied... and a rule wich cannot be enforced is not a real rule. You chose to enter the EU, you chose to enter the Eurozone,  it will fail without more integration. The crisis proved it, with, sadly for you the exemple of Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Greece. France and Germany barely maintain themselves, it's getting harder to help country in trouble.
 So we got to choose between:
Failure  and an even worst crisis for smaller country who would be completly sovereign again or more Federalism to protect everyone but with the cost of part of sovereignty. Status quo will provoke the failure of EU.

And if you are watching federation like those i talked about, it's possible without denying anyone specificity for everyone best interests: In varietate concordia.

*i just did'nt get the meaning of the very last sentence but your english is readable

PS: why is my comment in big letter??? i'm sorry it's awfull
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De Carlos Velasco a 10.02.2012 às 14:58

Mr. JeanD,

If you want a federation, that's your problem, but you have no right to impose it on us, intervening with our affairs as you did and keep doing. The same agents that are promoting the so called federation, that is not a federation, but a centralized government that wants to rule even the size of bananas and oranges, financed and supported would be tirants in portuguese Africa, in order to get better contracts from the dictators they imposed on african portuguese, with the result of 3 millions lives destroyed, and the parties that established a fake democracy here in order to destroy our industries, our agriculture and our armed forces, establishing a socialist system that survived thanks to indebtment to the big banks that promote the so called european union, the same indebtment that some federalists now want to use as a justification to take what survived of our sovereignty.
You started the world wars that destroyed the european power and served as a justification to this so called union, not we, and that's our right to say no to it. The examples you use, USA and Switzerland, are bad examples. In Switzerland there is no central government rulling the internal affairs of every canton, but only a weak government responsible for financial, trade and foreing policy matters, and by the way, Switzerland, were the people are really sovereign, doesn't belong to any multinational institution and rejects to be part of this so called union. Why? Because swiss know what a real federation means, and that's not what you are trying to impose.
In the USA, were the many states have the same cultural backgound, the federation had to shed blood to survive, killing about 600 thousand people, and serves as a good example of how, even when there is a good constitution, the federal government is a danger to democracy and the traditional liberties. On the contrary, the so called Lisbon Treaty serves any purpose and it's contradictions, that resemble the contradictions that are found in the constitutions of every totalitarian polity,  are a proof of the dangers this super-government impose to the liberties of every european, and we had a taste of the methods used by the so called federalists in the irish referenda, not to speak about the rejection of the dutch and french will when they voted to the project of constitution, latter changed into the newspeak version of constitucional treaty. The means serve to warn us about the ends, that´s a lesson history teaches.
To finnish my observations, would be good to remind that french people grow tired of this project, and that's true also about germans. Don't try to make us believe that the project of some minorities represents the will of France and Germany. But if these stupid elites keep on this track, I can tell you that the result will be the return of hatred between the european peoples, as we see now in Greece, were german flags, for the first time in many decades, are happily burned.
About the ignorance of our leaders, I share your view. If they were not corrupt and ignorant, we would be in the same position occupied by Norway, or even better: if there is any federation we should belong, that's a portuguese atlantic federation.
If by chance i'd been rude by words, i don't apologize. I the defense of my interests against totalitarian minded people, I give a damn to good manners.

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De Jean D a 10.02.2012 às 17:55

Rather than answering you, i checked your blog and decided to apply Rule N°1 on the Internet: Don't Feed The Troll.

For other readers, i send you to his page "ogladio", i don't think any rational dispute could be set judging from the rules on the right...
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De Anónimo a 10.02.2012 às 13:51

Boys, I love to see you fighting. It is awesome and I get extremely hot just by reading it :)
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De Carlos Velasco a 10.02.2012 às 18:36

Mademoiselle Jeanne D.,

Don't get so angry. You start to behave like those eurocrats when put under pressure. If you get cool, I guarantee, you can even invent a better argumento ad homine to avoid the admission you are wrong (troll is quite cliché). I guess it's not asking too much.

Au revoir, auf widersehen, 
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De Anónimo a 10.02.2012 às 23:16

Carlota, darling, please, don't get so seems you are in need of something hot...very hot. But don't worry many men, so little time.
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De Carlos Velasco a 10.02.2012 às 23:38

Mademoiselle Jeanne D.,

Seens that the argumentum ad hominem didn't work and now you try, without even being original, an "argumentum ad feminam". By the way, your behaviour makes me think you are really an eurocrat.
I explain you how I infered that. First, you wrote you don't feed on trolls trying to offend me and to avoid any mention to my remarks. But you were contradicting yourself by writing me.  And then, not happy in not having the last word, you come here again and inflict your own rule for a second time.
Just like an eurocrat, you stablish rules that you are the first to break.
What a bad lawier the euronational-socialist cause has found! 

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De Nuno Castelo-Branco a 11.02.2012 às 09:56

"Prontos", como se costuma dizer, está tudo abandalhado :)))
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De Anónimo a 11.02.2012 às 13:12

Claro, com duas pindéricas com a Jeanne e a Carlota, só podia acabar nisto. Elas precisam urgentemente de MACHO.
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De Vasco a 12.02.2012 às 06:02

Não há pachorra... Um texto tão pedante - vocês são retornados? Cheira a conversa mole de barões de segunda categoria.
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De Nuno Castelo-Branco a 12.02.2012 às 17:14

Claro, há dois "retornados", embora a primeira vez que tivéssemos posto os pés na Europa fosse em 1974, mais de uma década após o nosso nascimento. O que é que tem contra os retornados? Acha que fizeram pouco por este país? Parece-lhe serem de pouca confiança? Ora, eu diria precisamente o oposto.

Quanto ao pedantismo, de "barões de segunda categoria" é disso mesmo que esta gente precisa. Basta de andarem a rastejar perante qualquer pança alourada que surja na Portela. Barões? Isso aplica-se ipsis verbis a este regime, desde o pretenso "presidente" ao mais insignificante subsecretário de Estado e  passando pela série de luminárias universitarescas que nos enchem os "painéis" televisivos. Parasitas inúteis, convivas do orçamento, vigaristas sem eira nem beira. 
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De Paulinha Manu a 12.02.2012 às 20:04

Acho que aquela Vasca deve estar a deitar fumo pelos ouvidos, côtada.
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De Vasco a 13.02.2012 às 10:07

Acho que nunca fizeram nada por este País? Disso tenho eu a certeza - a não ser terem serem sido absorvidos na FP e muitos já se terem reformado sem todas as contribuições que permitissem manter o equilíbrio. Erros que se pagam caro - como estamos agora a fazer. Na verdade, ainda vamos levar mais 50 anos a livrarmo-nos do diabo das colónias. Isto se entretanto não formos colonizados - o que está facilitado por um acordo ortográfico hediondo. Do mesmo modo, poucos governantes alguma vez fizeram alguma coisa por isto. Quem ao longo desses 900 anos deixou o povo practicamente analfabeto até ao final dos anos 70?
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De Paulinha Manu a 13.02.2012 às 11:20

Ó kerida, a menina, além de ser uma grande bichona, também é muito burra..e essa cominação (maricona + estúpida + falçta de macho) é explosiva. Saia para a rua e vai ver como resolve o seu problema com facilidade.
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De lucklucky a 12.02.2012 às 16:01

"Never have the Portuguese allowed the imposition of Continental Blockades, free trade prohibitions or outrageous limitations of its sovereignty. The communitarian Europe..."

Nem tem ponta por onde se lhe pegue.
Quando Portugal aderiu à Comunidade Europeia passou a ser proibido o mercado livre com muitos países fora da comunidade.
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De Nuno Castelo-Branco a 12.02.2012 às 17:10

Repito: se a Alemanha o pode fazer com todos esses países - Rússia, China, Angola, Brasil, etc -, nós também fazemos. O que não tem pés nem cabeça é querer fazer crer no oposto. Aliás, a França, o Reino Unido, Itália e quase todos os outros, os que o podem fazer, não hesitam perante qualquer bom negócio. Recuso o miserabilismo luso-europeu. Aliás, nem sequer sou europeu e isso não me diz nada. A Europa "é nossa" enquanto nos for conveniente. 
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De Paulinha Manu a 12.02.2012 às 20:03

Adorei, fiquei sua fã

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