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Europe's 'Green' parties are a disaster, both in domestic and foreign policy


In these pages, I have repeatedly pointed out that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, of the Greens, has a radically Russophobic foreign policy in Germany. So that no one mistakenly believes that Mrs Baerbock's views on Russia are strictly her own, let me remind you that the German Greens were the most violently anti-Russian bloc in the European Parliament a dozen years ago. years or more. In this respect, they were in close competition with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) party led by former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, another critic of Russia who concealed his animosity by linking friendship with anti-Putin Russians such as Boris Nemtsov.

But in terms of vicious rhetoric, I think the Greens, along with MEPs like Rebecca Harms, had the upper hand. In 2012, they were actively campaigning for a European version of the Magnitsky Act, through which the United States imposed harsh sanctions on Russia for trumped up charges of human rights abuses. They didn't manage to hit Russia hard until 2014 and the annexation of Crimea, but they did their best.

As we all know, thanks to the drumbeats of Germany's centrist parties, the Alternativ fuer Deutschland is a far-right party with neo-fascist leanings. If you have any doubts, just ask the editorial board of the Financial Times and he will answer you by approving this interpretation. However, here we have another case of mirror propaganda, where the allegations are more appropriate to those who make them than to those who are the targets of them. What I am saying is that the anti-Russian German Greens are the real right-wing extremist party with neo-fascist tendencies, while the pro-Russian AfD is a defender of German sovereignty against the forces of American occupation. The Greens' rejection of post-war contrition for the sins of their fathers and grandfathers is expressed in the new "holier than thou" attitude towards Russia and revanchism.

The Greens brand was built on environmentalism. But Germany's ruling Greens have enthusiastically sacrificed their eco-friendly policies on the altar of war with Russia. In the wake of a national energy crisis precipitated by the rejection of Russian hydrocarbons, the Greens have brought back coal-fired generators. If there is something environmentally friendly in the policies of the Baerbock government, it is the ongoing deindustrialization of Germany thanks to the departure of production capacities to countries with better energy and regulatory conditions. .


The cajoling and pro-environmental brand of the European Green parties has won them particular acclaim among young people in the 2019 general elections across Europe. Here, in Belgium, they have obtained good results in the three regions that make up the kingdom. In the Brussels-Capital region where I live, they have played a major role in the formation of government coalitions. In my commune of Ixelles, they are the bosses of the local administration.

So what did they achieve in power to make our everyday life more “green”, that is to say less polluted, more compatible with nature and more sustainable? My answer is unequivocal: in all respects, the domestic policies promoted by the Greens are as detached from the economic well-being of the population and the joy of living as the foreign policy pursued by Baerbock in Germany is detached from the real economic interests, even safe, of his country.

Among the various internal Belgian policies that I can think of are the war on automobiles and road access to our cities which effectively stifle local economies for no reason, the implementation of biodiversity programs which have only a cosmetic effect while contributing to the destruction of parks and forests that have taken centuries to develop.

I will concentrate here on this last consequence of the policies of the Belgian Greens, since it is precisely on this subject that an incident occurred yesterday which prompted me to write this review.

Over the last decade and a half in which Green issues have shaped the environmental policies of the Brussels-Capital Region and the surrounding territory of Flanders, the Sonian Forest, known as the lung of the city on the one hand and on the other hand as the favorite destination of the inhabitants of Brussels for horse-riding weekends and walks, has become a wasteland strewn with debris.

Admittedly, this park is guarded by environmental guards who are empowered to enforce the rules for using the park and who this year are dressed in smart green uniforms and wear something akin to hats Tyrolean. But the rules they implement are outlandish to say the least and do nothing to address the continued degradation of the forest.

When I arrived in Brussels in 1980, the Sonian Forest was still virgin, so to speak. I traveled it for the most part on horseback during Sunday outings within a group organized by a public stable located at the edge of the wood. You had to be careful, because the forest was populated by chipmunks, squirrels and other small creatures that easily scare horses away. The forest was also a place for gathering berries, mushrooms and other edibles, according to individual tastes.

More importantly, the Forêt de Soignes looked like it did in the XNUMXth century, when it was planted as the largest beech forest in Europe. Magnificent century-old trees created an open-air cathedral that was pleasant to contemplate in all seasons.

Two hundred years of tradition were swept away by the Greens and other environmentalists when the new principle of biodiversity took hold in the new millennium.

The beeches have shallow roots and the extraordinary wind and rainstorms that have passed through the region in this era of climate change are taking their toll. But back-to-nature policies dictated by the Greens have had the practical consequence that fallen trees are left where they fell and rot. The forest floor is now filled with this debris. Without Belgium's heavy rainfall, this forest would ignite like a candle during a heat wave like the one currently hitting southern Europe.

The replacement of felled beeches by their own is excluded thanks to the creed of biodiversity. But the very notion of biodiversity is flouted by another reality: the forest has become dead to animal life. There's no more squirrels, no more chipmunks, no more birds in the forest today. The only animal life that moves is slugs.

I cannot say to what extent the disappearance of the small animals from the forest is due to the policy of the Greens or any other human policy. But this calls into question the whole concept of forest management practiced today. Additionally, the once clean forest floor is now obstructed to walkers not only by tree debris but also by a vast proliferation of nettles and bushes.

Some of these bushes have value, and I was busy harvesting that value yesterday when I picked a few kilograms of blackberries to make this season's batch of blackberry jam. As I was leaving the forest, I was stopped by a young man in his twenties wearing one of the new ranger uniforms. He lunged at me, lest I escape to the nearby bus stop with my bag of trophies.

This ranger asked me to open my bag, obviously in the hope that I had picked boletes and that I could thus receive a summons to pay the fine of 500 euros for poaching. It would add one more feather to his Tyrolean hat.

Although disappointed, he lectured me sternly, telling me that it was forbidden to take anything from the forest. If you want to pick blackberries, do it in your garden, he told me.

«But then, who will eat the blackberries of the forest?I asked in my only weak attempt to argue with him. "The insects ?»

«Yes, insectshe says with satisfaction. "And if I catch you doing this again, you will be fined!»

I did not continue the discussion, although a year ago during a similar check by the rangers on what I was taking in the forest, they kindly told me that I had done well, that blackberries made excellent jam.

Now allow me to step back and raise the issue of mushrooms, the picking of which has been banned for over a decade by warnings widely posted at the entrance to walkways leading into the forest. This ban is also supposed to serve the interests of biodiversity, as if picking mushrooms for an omelette lunch will in any way damage the mushroom stock. In Russia, the whole population is crazy about mushrooms and cleans the forests every autumn, but the small mushrooms grow back the next year without loss of fecundity. In Belgium, the "protected" mushrooms only fill the bellies of the slugs and decrease in number and quality from year to year.

Does the degradation of the Sonian Forest say something about the idiocy imposed on the population of Brussels by our Greens and other ecologists in power? She says, in my view, that environmentalism has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with gaining and retaining power.

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