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World. We Need To Talk A Digital Essay • Markus Kater, April 2019

Just 20 years ago, most parts of the world were far away. Today we carry the world in our pockets, virtually on our mobiles. We are connected.

We do not buy CDs anymore or spend hours before a computer when we want to listen to music. We stream it.

We do not have to go a travel agency to book a flight to somewhere. We just click twice and find an offer

If we need a ticket for an event, we do two clicks and pay it with our digital accounts.

Globalization: an ongoing process that involves interconnected changes in the economic, cultural, social, and political spheres of society. As a process, it involves the ever-increasing integration of these aspects between nations, regions, communities, and even seemingly isolated places.

The world and many of it's political and social systems have changed in a very short period of time. The ongoing discussions in the UK and parts of Europe about the so called Brexit are an EXAMPLE for the effects of these changes. We have to find answers on questions, that some of us do not want to see and some of us never even have asked. We have to find answers, that request more than a simple Yes or No. But we use concepts from the past, that do not even work in the present, neither will they in the future.

We even ignore that besides all national interests, there are worldwide interests in the Question, if the UK should leave the EU, or not. It is an important question for countries like Russia, China and the United States, how the world's biggest Trade Union (and that is the EU) develops. It is as simple as US-President Donald Trump, who - a few hours - before the vote on an brexit-amendment in the UK-Parliament said via Twitter: "My administration looks forward to negotiating a large scale Trade Deal with the United Kingdom. The potential is unlimited." To see one of the big three countries in that Union separating itself, makes others happy.

So: The Brexit is obviously more than just a British Phenomenon; even if parts of this process seems to be very british. It is with no doubt, that the performance of the brexit-process is weak, weaker and weakest - and history students will be surely desparate, if they have to handle “Brexit“ in their examinations in the future and they have to sort out, who did what and when and why*.

Their summary may be that the political systems in the first 20 years of the new century could not keep pace with reality. Besides all those discussions about "Backstops", "Customs Unions", "Single Markets" and the Unicorn-Fantasies of a few, that dream of a Great Britain again, Parliament, Government and parts of the media even repress the fact, that the campaigns for the referendum in June 2016 may have been heavenly influenced and financed by foreign countries or - better said - people from foreign countries.

Many people in responsible positions just seem not to be aware of the possibilities social media already has - and how those can even influence elections. Now the bad news: The change of the World is a process that does not end in 2019; the next even bigger changes are already on our doorstep. With the new mobile standard 5G - the fifth generation - the world will change further, faster than ever before.

let's start with the conclusions
  • We need to understand, that the world has changed radically in the last 20 years.
  • We need to accept, that these changes are ongoing.
  • It is not a concept to ignore these changes.
  • It is not a concept to repress these changes.
  • We need to understand that globalization has an impact on each and every single one of us.
  • We need to understand that globalization changes societies and political systems.
  • We must understand that our previous and actual political systems and our societies are not future-ready, they are not even present-ready.
  • We need to understand that Globalization produces some winners, but also more and more losers.
  • We need to understand, that people are feared of these changes.
  • It is not a concept to ignore people’s fears.

Me - in the world

I am 56 year old man, born in Schaumburg-Lippe, West Germany, in 1962. From a historical view I am in an extremely remarkable and extraordinary position. An estimated 98 percent of this world’s population never had been and for a long period of time (or probably never) will be in such a remarkable position.

  • I grew up in a middle class family
  • I grew up in a rich country
  • I had every chance for a good and free education in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s
  • I had a choice to work in a job I loved and was never unemployed
  • I never had to fight in a war
  • I grew up in a country with some (not all) responsible media
  • I had the chance to travel the world and make friendships all over the world
  • I had the chance to organize my private life without restrictions
  • I am still alive, because I was born into a rich country with doctors who saved my life three times after heart attacks
  • I have to be humble for that, and I am

And this is the world's most typical person

this is the teaser video for a one year long series in the national geographic magazine*

Brexit

Brexit - The Background

BREXIT is a portmantau of BRitish and EXIT. It is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).
  • It is following a referendum held on 23 June 2016 in which 51.9 per cent of those voting supported leaving the EU.
  • On 29 March 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
  • The invocation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union started a two-year process which was due to conclude with the UK's exit on 29 March 2019, a deadline which was later extended to 12 April 2019.
  • Withdrawal has been advocated by Eurosceptics, both left-wing and right-wing, while pro-Europeanists, who also span the political spectrum, have advocated continued membership.
  • The UK joined the European Communities (EC) in 1973 under the Conservative government of Edward Heath. Since then the discussions about the relationship between the UK and the EU are going on.
  • In the 1970's and 80's withdrawal was mainly advocated from the political left, since 1990 opposition against a further integration into the EU came mainly from the political right.
  • The Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron pledged during the campaign for the 2015 UK General Election to hold a new referendum—a promise which he fulfilled in 2016 following pressure from the Eurosceptic wing of his party.
  • Cameron who had campaigned to remain in the EU resigned one day after the result and was followed by former Home Secretary Theresa May in April 2017.
  • May called a snap general election in June 2017. May said that she hoped to secure a larger majority in order to "strengthen [her] hand" in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. But the Conservative Party lost it's Majority in Parliament, and is working with an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) from Northern Ireland.
  • Whilst May was negotiating with the European Union about the withdrawal agreement, which should have been the technical basis for UK's leave, time ran out. It got more and more clear, that the diversity in the UK, made it nearly impossible to find a compromise, with any of the many involved groups could live. Even nearly three years after the referendum, neither government, nor parliament, nor the media, nor the public found a definition of what the Vote made in June 2016 really meant. The simple Yes or No left room for Interpretations.
  • In December 2018 started what will be called the Brexit-Crisis in a few years.
  • In April 2019 the whole process, which was scheduled to end on 29th March 2019 with the Leave of the UK from the EU, is still ongoing.

More about this, when or if there is finally a result.

The possible influence of social media on the Brexit-referendum. How campaigners used targetting advertisement and facebook dark ads with money from foreign investors.
  • Official investigations have revealed a range of unlawful campaigning in the 2016 EU referendum. These findings have led to extensive public debate and imposition of exceptional penalties. These developments have included the levying of the maximum fine possible on Facebook for breaches of data privacy; calls for changes in UK electoral law; and debate over the standing of the EU referendum result.
  • The Information Commissioner's Office has found Leave.EU guilty of breaking the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and the Data Protection Act 1998 on a number of counts. This included using contacts gathered by Eldon Insurance for their own direct marketing purposes, and, vice versa, enabling the insurance company to use their contacts for its direct marketing.
  • In November 2017, the Electoral Commission said that it was investigating allegations that Arron Banks, an insurance businessman and the largest single financial supporter of Brexit, violated campaign spending laws. From 1 November 2017 to 1 November 2018, the Electoral Commission investigated the source of £8m paid to the closely associated organisations Leave.EU and Better for the Country Ltd., a company of which Banks was a director and majority shareholder. The company donated £2.4 million to groups supporting British withdrawal from the EU.[25] The investigation began after the Commission found "initial grounds to suspect breaches of electoral law". The Commission specifically sought to determine "whether or not Mr Banks was the true source of loans reported by a referendum campaigner in his name" and "whether or not Better for the Country Limited was the true source of donations made to referendum campaigners in its name, or if it was acting as an agent".
  • The Commission found reasonable grounds for suspecting that 'various criminal offences may have been committed', associated with the facts that.
  • Although the source of the money was claimed to be Arron Banks, this was not in fact the case.
  • The financial transactions whereby the £8m was paid included a company incorporated in the Isle of Man, Rock Holding Limited, which was an impermissible party to political campaign funding under UK law.
  • Leave.EU, Elizabeth Bilney (the responsible person for Leave.EU), BFTC, Mr Banks, and possibly others, concealed the true details of these financial transactions, including from the Electoral Commission, and also did so by knowingly making statutory returns/reports which were incomplete and inaccurate, or false.
  • Drawing partly on the government agencies' investigations into lawbreaking up to that point, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee released an interim report on Disinformation and ‘fake news’, stating that the largest donor in the Brexit campaign, Arron Banks, had "failed to satisfy" the Committee that his donations came from UK sources, and may have been financed by the Russian government.
  • In February 2019, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee's 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news published its final report, calling for and inquiry to establish, in relation to the referendum, “what actually happened with regard to foreign influence, disinformation, funding, voter manipulation, and the sharing of data, so that appropriate changes to the law can be made and lessons can be learnt for future elections and referenda”.

More infos on this in the Report of the UK Electoral Commission: Report on investigation into payments made to Better for the Country and Leave.EU

On 19th March, Frontal 21, a political german tv-format, published the english version of a video, that has been seen on german tv station ZDF before. It is called "Dubious financiers - Who pulls the strings behind brexit". It is 11 minutes long and shows how leave-campaigners used social media for the brexit referendum. The video contains some interviews with research-experts and whistleblowers. Click the button to see it.

Not in Love: The United Kingdom and the EU
It is to re-create the European family, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe.

Winston Churchill in his "Zurich-Speech", 1946

We are going to make our own decisions and our own laws. ... We are going to take control of the things that matter most to us. And we are going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain — a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.

Theresa May in Parliament, 2017

History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.

Attributed to Mark Twain

The UK and EU Relationship - a brief History

  • The UK first applied for a membership in a Union of European Countries in 1961, but was vetoed by French President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle also vetoed against a second attempt of the UK in 1967.
  • After De Gaulle resigned in 1969 there were new negotiations, which were positive. In 1973 the UK joined the Union together with Denmark and Ireland. Norway had also applied for a membership, but in a nationwide referendum the people from Norway voted against a membership.
  • Only two years later, in 1975, the UK held a first referendum about the Membership in the European Union. Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson had initiated it, for party-political reasons, as Experts mean. 67,2% of those who voted, voted for Stay.

More to follow when and if there is a result on the Brexit

The worldwide poulation has increased from 6.066 Billion people in the year 2000 to 7.714 Billion in 2019. That is an increase of 27.17%. The population in the EU has increased from 477.5 Million people in the year 2000 to 511 Million in 2019. That is an increase of 7%. The World grows faster than Europe.

How Population developed in different European Countries from 2000 to 2018

Increases

  • Ireland 27.7%
  • Spain 15.7%* **
  • France 10.9%*
  • United Kingdom 9.4* **
  • Italy 6.6%
  • Germany 0.7%

*The increases in the UK, France and Spain are significantly by people coming from former colonies like India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, African Countries like Ghana, Kenya and Uganda in the UK, and from Tunisia, Algeria and Marocco in France, from South America in Spain.

** Percentage of UK-People living in Spain 0.9%

Decreases

  • Poland 0.7%
  • Hungary 4.4%
  • Bulgaria 13.7%
  • Romania 15.5%
  • Lettland 18.7%
  • Litvua 20.1%

Percentage of foreigners living in selected European Countries. The average in the European Union is 7.8%

  • Luxemburg 47.5%
  • Malta 14.1%
  • Ireland 12%
  • Germany 11.9%
  • United Kingdom 9.5%
  • France 7%
  • Finland 4.5%
  • Portugal 4.1%

Number of Asylum Seekers in countries of the European Union in 2018. Numbers show how many people asked for Asylum per 1 Million Inhabitants of one country.

  • Cyprus 8.805
  • Greece 6.051
  • Malta 4.276
  • Germany 1.954
  • Sweden 1.786
  • Denmark 599
  • United Kingdom 533
  • Portugal 120
To understand how much the Word has changed in various areas: Let's have a look on some developments since the year 2000. How Football changed since 2000, how the Music Industry did change, how Media changed.

Football

Bayern Munich, which is a football club in the South of Germany, has just announced that 23 year old defender Lucas Hernandez from France will play for them in the next season. Munich pays 80 Million Euro to his actual club Atletico Madrid for the rights. In the year 2000 there was a similar transfer, when Bayern got the 23 year old French Defender Willy Sagnol from Monaco. They paid 7.7 Million Euro for him. That is an increase of 938%.

In 1999 the TV-Rights for German Bundesliga did cost 255 Million Euro, for the period from 2017 to 2020 the TV-Stations paid 1,16 Billion Euro per year. That is an increase of 338%.

With the Football Word Cup in the year 2002 FIFA - the world football organization - made revenues of 887 Million Dollar, with the World Cup 2018 in Russia 6.5 Billion Dollar. That is an increase of 650%.

The Premier League - one of the examples how globalization changes the game

The Premier League

  • It was in 2003, when Russian born Billionaire Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea Football Club - a London based Team. Abramovich paid 140 Million £. Abramovich has invested about 1.9 Billion £ for transfers of new players since then.
  • In 2016, Abramovich applied for residency in Switzerland. Swiss authorities denied the application after the Swiss Federal Office of Police concluded that Abramovich was under "suspicion of money laundering and presumed contacts with criminal organisations", and that his assets were "at least partially of illegal origin".
  • In May 2018, Abramovich, who is Russian Jewish, became an Israeli citizen a month after the UK delayed renewing his visa. Abramovich had been travelling in and out of the UK for years on a Tier-1 investor visa, designed for wealthy foreigners who invest at least £2 million in Britain. With his new Israeli passport Abramovich can now visit Britain visa-free (and he does not miss a game anymore like last year, when Chelsea won the FA-Cup).

More premier league clubs with foreign owners

  • Arsenal London: Stanley Kroenke - USA, Investments. According to forbes Kroenke is one of the 60 richest US-Americans; he owns more than 92 percent of Arsenal since July 2018. Kroenke also owns NFL-Club LA Rams.
  • A.F.C. Bournemouth: Maxim Denin - Russia. Multimillionaire, business man in the Petrochemical Industry.
  • FC Everton: Farhad Moshiri - UK|Iran|Monaco. Billionaire. Moshiri had stakes in Arsenal, but sold them and took over Everton in 2016.
  • Leicester City: Srivaddhanaprabha-Family, Thailand. Duty Free Shops. Billionaires.
  • Liverpool Football Club: Femway Sports Group, USA. Also owners of US Baseball Club Boston Red Sox.
  • Manchester City: Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates (87%). His Family has an estimated Fortune of 25 Billion £.
  • Manchester United: Glazer-Family, USA. Owner of Sport Company First Allied Corporation, which also owns NFL-Club Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • FC Southampton: Gao-Family, China. Real Estate. Billionaires.
  • Swansea City: Stephen Kaplan & Jason Levien (USA). Investors, also owner of NBA-Club Memphies Grizzlies
  • FC Watford: Gino Pozzo, Italy. Businessman.
  • West Bromwich Albion: Guochuan Lai, China. Investments. Estimated Fortune: 7 Billion £
Special Brexit-Case: Foreign Players in the Premier League
  • At the first day of the Premiere League in 1992/93 there were 11 foreign players in the 22 starting squads. Arsenal London for example had only 3 players in their squad that season, one from Sweden, one from Norway, one from Denmark. Manchester United, which won the title that year, had Schmeichel from Denmark, Cantona from France, Kanchelskis from Russia.
  • In the season 2000/2001 Arsenal London had a squad of 31 players with 17 foreigners. Chelsea had a squad of 33 with 19 foreigners, Liverpool 32 with 18 foreigners.
  • One Example for the actual season. Huddersfield Town has a squad of 30 players in total, but would not be able to bring 11 british players on the field. There are only 10 in the 30-squad - and two of them are goalies.
  • Chelsea FC had the first ever Foreign XI in the premier league in their game on 26th December 1999. At least Midfielder Dennis Wise came into the game in the 22nd minute, when Deschamps got injured.
  • The first ever Premier League Game without any british player in the 16-squad was nominated by Arsenal's Coach Arsene Wenger in the Season 2004/05.
  • And a last one: Never has a Team won the title, that was coached by an english manager. Two Scots did it, and many more from France, Italy, Portugal, Chile and Spain.

Effects on the English National Football Team ??

  • Euro 2000: Out in the Preliminary Round
  • World Cup 2002: Out in the Quarter Final against Brazil
  • Euro 2004: Out in the Quarter Final against Portugal
  • World Cup 2006: Out in the Quarter Final against Portugal
  • Euro 2008: not qualified
  • World Cup 2010: Out in the First Round against Germany
  • Euro 2012: Out in the Quarter Final against Italy
  • World Cup 2014: Out in the Preliminary Round
  • Euro 2016: Out in the First Round against Iceland
  • World Cup 2018: 4th Place

In turn on that:

  • World Champion 2006: Italy
  • World Champion 2010: Spain
  • World Champion 2014: Germany
  • World Champion 2018: France

Different Regulations in Europe's Leagues and what Brexit could mean to the Premier League

  • The First Leagues in Europe have different Regulations, how many Foreign Players are allowed to play for one club. In Englands Premier League the share of foreign players in total is 67%, in Italy the share is 57,2%, in Germany 52.9%, in Spain 41.4%, in France 33.1%.
  • English Clubs need at least 8 so called "homegrown players" in a 25-Players-Squad, two of them must have played for the club. The other six must have played at least three seasons in a club, which belongs to the English Football Associtation.
  • There is no regulation now on Players coming from EU-Countries, but there is one on foreign players outside of the EU. Those players must have played in between 30 and 70% of the games their national teams have made in the past two years. Those players need a visum and working permit. In a case of a hard brexit without any regulation on the EU-Principle of the "Freedom of Movement", there would be no difference anymore between players from an EU or another foreign country. That would also mean, that british clubs can only transfer players above 18, which will would have effects on their successful youth academies.
  • Experts from the BBC came up with a statistic lately, that 332 players in the first two english and the scottish league would not fulfill the requirements. But experts also expect that the Football League will find a way in discussions with the government to avoid that those 332 players will lose their job. If not, there are some changes to be expected in all major leagues across europe because of the Brexit.

The Music Industry

Popular Music

The international music market made revenues of 25.2 Billion US-Dollar in the year 1999. In 2011 revenues worldwide went down to 15 Billion US-Dollar. The revenues are now increasing again, but are still far away from 1999. For 2018 the revenues were 19.1 Billion Dollars. That is still a loss of 32% compared to 1999.

The increase is based on Streaming only. The revenues from Streaming increased by 34% from 2018 to 2017, with 255 Million paid users of streaming services now. Streaming made 47% of all revenues in the Industry. The revenues on phyical products declined by 10.1%, the revenues by downloads declined by 21.1%.

Latin America was the fastest-growing region (+16.8%) with Brazil (+15.4%) and Mexico (+14.7%) growing strongly. The Asia and Australasia region (+11.7%) grew to become the second-largest region for combined physical and digital revenue, with especially strong growth in South Korea (+17.9%).

You want more? The annual Report of IPFI

Media

German Newspapers

The Circulation of german newspapers, traditionally the most relied on media format in the country, has decreased from 24.1 Million in the year 1999 to 14.1 Million in 2018. That is a loss of 41.5%.

Economics
  • The Worldwide Trade of goods and services has grown massively since the year 2000 and is still growing.
  • The major economy- and bank-crisis in the year 2008 had a big impact on nearly every nation.
  • The United Nations Humanity Development Index - a different way to measure the richness of a country.

The 25 ”richest“ countries in the world - 1990 - 2018

GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product. It is a measure of the value of all goods and services produced in one year in one country. If you divide these numbers by the number of people living in one country, you get the so called Per Capita GDP. This shows how much one person living in a country theoretically produces per year. Most of the nations listed high have relatively small populations, the only exceptions are the United States and Germany. Most of the other countries are energy exporters, regional financial centers and export/business powerhouses.

These numbers are provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Now guess, why FIFA gave the World Cup 2020 to a country with the Size of Kent, no regular Football League and an average temperature of 45 Degrees

If you take a close look on the numbers, you will notice that are some major developments in some countries, especially in Ireland and China.

The Worldwide economic crisis in 2007/2008

The years 2007 and 2008 marked the biggest economic crisis after World War II. Just a reminder: The crisis, that started in the United States, got it's peak, when US-Bank Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in September 2008. That started a snowball effect affecting economies all around the world. People lost trust in Banks, Banks lost trust in other Banks. All over the world Banks were close to get bankrupt. Governments in Europe helped with Billions of Dollars and guarantees out of the state budgets. That led to higher public debts and resulted in more problems, for example in South Europe, where Greece - that already had a high public debt - nearly collapsed, when no Bank wanted to give any more credits. That crisis was also trigger for a high youth unemployment rate in these years in countries like spain or italy.

  • That crisis had also an major impact especially on the developments in the United Kingdom. The UK had - other than their european partner countries - significantly invested more into the finance sector than into the industry since the 1970's. That helped London to become one of the most important and influential "financial places" in the world.
  • In the 2008-scenario that concentration on finance services became something like a boomerang. The UK Goverment under Labour Prime Minister Brown, who was downvoted in May 2010, saved the UK Banks with an amount of nearly 990 Billion Pounds. 990.000.000.000.
  • In turn the new Prime-Minister David Cameron, who formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, announced a austeritry program in 2010, which changed the country massively and was obviously also the trigger for youth riots in London.
The UK Austerity Program and it's effects

The Cameron-Clegg-Austerity-Program and some effects

  • In the years 2008 to 2010 the UK went thru a recession, triggered by the world wide economic crisis. As a result Labour lost the Elections, a new government led by conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg took over and announced an austerity program in 2010.
  • The austerity programme included reductions in welfare spending, the cancellation of school building programs, reductions in local government funding, and an increase in VAT. Spending on the police, courts and prisons was also reduced.
  • Between 1998 and 2012 the number of children living in "relative poverty" in the UK had fallen by approximately 800,000 to a total of around 3.5 million. Following the introduction of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 the number of children in "relative poverty" increased, with the total by 2019 around 600,000 higher than it had been in 2012. During those seven years the number of children obtaining food from the food banks of The Trussell Trust more than tripled.
  • In a twelve-month period from 2014 to 2015, over one million people in the United Kingdom had used a food bank, representing a "19% year-on-year increase in food bank use". The use of food banks almost doubled between 2013 and 2017.
  • During the period of austerity, the rate of homelessness rapidly increased. For example, during 2016 the rate of homelessness increased by 16%. By 2018 the number of families living in bed and breakfast accommodation was almost 50.000, and there were many more "hidden homeless" people living on the floors and sofas of friends and acquaintances.
  • Research by the University of Cambridge published in 2018 said that the greatest reductions in local authority spending had occurred in impoverished post-industrial cities in the north of England and some poor Inner London boroughs. Over 30 such authorities in England had reduced spending by more than 30% between 2010 and 2017, with seven of them reducing spending by more than 40%. In contrast councils in wealthier areas had made smaller reductions. Councils in England experienced an average spending reduction of 24% compared to 12% in Scotland and 11.5% in Wales, the difference resulting from devolved government in those nations.
  • Between 2010 and 2019 in England and Wales the number of police officers employed was reduced by approximately 20.000. At the same time the measured incidence of murder and robbery increased to their highest levels since the 2000s. Some police leaders have suggested that the reduction in police numbers is the cause, while other analysts have proposed reductions in spending on youth services and social services as the cause.
  • By 2015 the number of people employed in the Civil Service had been reduced to the lowest level since World War II and public sector employees made up 17.2% of the total workforce, the smallest proportion since comparable records began in 1999.
  • Analysis in 2018 by the Resolution Foundation indicated that by April 2019 the freeze in social security payments would have resulted in more than 10 million households experiencing a loss of income in real terms, with the lack of an inflation-related increase in 2019 resulting in the average low-income couple with children losing an additional £210 per year. The analysis also said that the cumulative effect of these social security limitations had been to reduce the value of working-age benefits by more than 6% in real terms. Child Benefit had become worth less than it was in 1999 in real terms, and for a second child it was worth 14% less than when it was introduced in 1979.
  • The United Nations carried out an investigation in 2018 led by Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, into the effect of austerity policies in the UK. Alston concluded that the austerity program had breached UN human rights agreements relating to women, children, disabled people and economic and social rights. Alston's report described the program as "entrenching high levels of poverty and inflicting unnecessary misery in one of the richest countries in the world".
Outlook

Did we talk about 5g yet ?

Summary

I do not think that Nationalism is the right answer to globalization. So if you ask me, if I like, that the United Kingdom leaves the EU, the answer is NO.

BUT: No one has asked me, I do not live in the United Kingdom, it is not my decision, and the last thing I would do, is telling the peeps in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland what to do – as i would not with people in France, Italy or the USA. I may not like the UK’s decision to leave the EU, but I have to accept it and I have to respect it. Even, if I do not agree, that a simple Referendum with a yes or no option is the right way to decide about such a complex theme, I have to accept and respect it. A referendum with a simple question like the one in the UK in 2016 leaves obviously too much space for Interpretations; that is probably the reason, why UK-Politicians two months before a leave-date do not have a common position nor do they have a resolution to negotiate on.

Brexit does not feel good. It feels bad, how people handle it. I am scared about the situation, I am scared about how people react to it – especially in social media. You may call it selfish, but I am scared that it may get more difficult (or even impossible) to see and meet my friends in that pride and loveable country.

I still want to be excited to go to London, Newcastle and Margate. I want to feel welcome there and not as if I would invade. Germans have invaded enough in their history. I would still like to welcome friends from the UK at my place and spend some quality time here with them or help some of my DJ and Artist friends from the UK to play a gig in my country, earn some money, built some reputation and share their art and their skills with an audience. At the end: that decision and also the development of reactions on Brexit may affect my idea of living and the quality of my lifestyle.

May, not must. „I know that I know nothing“. A Journalist – which has been my profession for 30 years – in my humble opinion does good to keep that in mind. The (virtual) world would be a much more peaceful place, if more people would think about that a bit. But that is obviously just an illusion, as all could see who lately watched the discussions in the House of Commons, the UK’s Parliament, or listen to all the self-called experts and lobbyists.

But even, if we do not know nothing. If you change a system, that was built up about nearly 50 years, you also must accept, that it may influence and changes economy – and at the end society. It is quite simple: If you change something, you cannot expect that everything stays as it is. You cannot expect, that changing something automatically means, that everything is getting better. Globalization is built on the idea of winners and losers.

If you have a closer look on the last ten years, you will notice that nearly each nation suffers from the worldwide financial crisis. You cannot deny facts, that the investments in social welfare in Europe went down big time since 2008. Just check, what your government has done the last 10 years and you will notice, that we have more and more people, who are living in poverty – especially children. You will also notice that many of us still live in the richest countries in the world.

On a different picture, the „discussions“ about Brexit have caused a climate change in some parts of social media, better say in some parts of my social media. Some parts of my timeline have become a place with no respect, where people spread hate instead of love, and some even show a racist face I would have never ever expected. Racism in a Soul Scene? Hard to believe, but reality. To be clear: a racist is an idiot. A racist has no Soul.

Experts everywhere, „Leave“ or „Stay“ seems to be like a religion for some, that has just to be defended from people on either side, fired or influenced by some irresponsible media and irresponsible politicians. Again „I know that I know nothing“. NO ONE knows what is happening with Brexit. NO ONE. Not in the United Kingdom, and not in the EU. But way too many keyboard warriors pretend they would, and take just the argument they need from somewhere, even if it is obviously just bullshit, bare of any facts and coming from influenced sources. If you share something, know the facts and check where it comes from. That is easier than you think.

„I know that I know nothing“. How can the politicians we elected, then act like they do? How is it possible, that politicians not care about risks, that a country may run short of food or medication, that people cannot be treated in a hospital, because there are not enough nurses and doctors, that factories close and companies leave the country. The list goes on, and that is meant for politicians in the UK and in Europe.

Democracy in my humble opinion has a lot to do with respect. Respect also includes the ability to accept different opinions, but respect does not allow racism for example. An essential part of Democracy is free speech. Social media gives many more people the chance for that and to get heard. But many of us now see a side of social media, that is dangerous to our minds and even more to our society. Free spech is indeed the opposite of hate speech and fake facts/news, and there is a very thin line. Too many are walking on it.

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