Park impeachment divides South Korea further

Her political demise is sharpening and dividing the country further rather than healing it.

The removal of former President Geun-hye Park from office has descended South Korea into a political and social crisis. The political divisions between the pro-Park and anti-Park camps have sharpened greatly that discussion between them is turning improbable.

The Constitutional Court formally ended Park’s presidency on March 10 and ousted her from the presidential post. The judgement brings an end to Park’s four years in office as the country’s first democratically elected president.

The court’s judges unanimously decided that Park should be removed from office because her actions “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law”.

They said she had violated the law by letting Choi meddle in public affairs and given her unauthorised access to official papers. Choi is accused of leveraging on her personal connections with Park to extort millions of dollars from companies in donations for her non-profit organisations.

Acting president and Park-appointed Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said last week that the cabinet will restore stability in the country to avoid internal strife from escalating further. "I respect the constitutional court's decision…The cabinet should carry out state affair in a stable way and manage social order to prevent internal conflict from intensifying," Hwang told a cabinet meeting.

However, Park’s departure has shattered some of the country’s most powerful institutions and morphed it in an unprecedented social and political turmoil. South Korea’s deep divide was already conspicuous throughout Park’s impeachment process.

Park’s supporters who were against the impeachment think that she is a victim of a political decision and doesn’t deserve to be impeached. The country is now split between the pro-Park and anti-Park camps who often take their unhappiness to the streets by protesting.

While thousands of people flocked to the streets of central Seoul last week to rejoice Park’s removal from office, many of her supporters went to a nearby square to protest against her removal.

Three people died and dozens were maimed in fierce clashes between Park’

Protesters wearing cut-outs of South Korean President Park Geun-hye – BBC

s supporters and police after the judgment. Park’s supporters are now organising further protests and demonstrations.

The pro-Park protesters are mostly the conservatives who think that her removal has created an authority deficit. They have a strong stance on national security who criticise liberals for being too soft on security-related matters and even “pro-North Korea” sympathisers.

Liberals, on the other hand, derive their legitimacy from the pro-democracy movement of the 1980s who often condemn the conservatives of autocratic behaviour.

They have reiterated the need for a transparent leadership and restoring the country’s democracy. Many of them are keen to engage with North Korea and are critical of forging a closer relationship with the US.

Recently, it was announced that a presidential election to Park Geun-hye will take place on May 9.

Hwang said that he is not going to contest the election although he is one of the top conservative candidates, according to opinion polls.

The candidate expected to salvage the conservative camp was Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations Secretary-General.

However, he abruptly dropped his presidential bid in February, leaving a void for the conservatives. The only way for South Korea to get over this power void is through a democratically-held free and fair election, which may be a challenge amid the divisions.

Opposition groups are worried that the conservatives may not accept the court’s verdict. “We are concerned about the aftermath rather than the trial itself,” Minjoo Party member Woo Sang-ho was quoted in an online article on Yonhap News Agency.

Whoever wins the forthcoming elections and becomes the country’s new president will face an uphill task to unite the deep divides and reinstate public confidence in the government.

From there, the new president and his cabinet will need to tackle social issues such as rising youth unemployment, security issues with nuclear North Korea and strained relationship with China.

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Why is Europe the sick man of the century?

And what can be the solutions that European leaders could bring forward to salvage a union that made history when it was formed decades ago?

We are not going to delve into the what went wrong with the EU in the course of its history, a long history for any form of union that has for several decades, grouped most of Europe into one entity.

Thus, we ran the current clash of political powers in Europe in particular through our powerful analytical barometers.

And here is the truth about what made Europe the sick man of the globe!

The result of this brain storming on the European Union and its woes was astonishing.

Firstly, we have to analyse what are the Europeans searching in the current global situation of conflicts around the world and the state of economic dishevelment in the Eurozone.

There is no doubt that the extreme right wing is gaining grounds on perfectly legitimate arguments. These arguments used in other parts of the world, like in Singapore for example, would hold sway among the political elite and solutions would be found immediately to stem the rise of anti-government, and anti-establishment sentiments.

Secondly, the traditional political parties are struggling because they are passé and they are fighting against the dynamics of real politics in their societies with archaic reasoning. This is not good for the rest of the world.

But the situation is not irreversible, if they tweak their philosophy and adapt it to the needs of their people, instead the needs of say, the migrants and the refugees, and focus their battlefront on reversing the economic doldrums they are in, they could be in for another good run.

Currently, they seem to have abandoned the views and the needs of their people by putting upfront the battle for equality in their countries, among aliens and the Europeans who are grumbling because of a system failure in the Eurozone.

As a result of this policy stance, more Europeans are getting weary of their government’s forcing this view on the people.

Hence they are turning towards the like of Marine Le Pen, and Gert Wilders – two of the most extreme right figures in the European scene.

The analysis also shows that the right wing is advanced in its political campaign.

In fact, it is far more advanced in its arguments that it is grabbing attention at home, and abroad.

Far Right’s Views

The far right is saying the following:

1. It has reasons to fight for the rights of the white people against the influx of aliens on its soil

2. To the white people, Europe does not need more religious divide. For them they are right that there is no equality in the religious debate since the alien influx is largely Islamic

3. White male supremacy is a European right but the socialist and the centre right agendas has chipped away in the ‘white is right’ theology in Europe

Now, if we take these into lightly, the answer to these arguments would be classic.

One would say the Europeans are the proponents of a ‘global’ world that would be a global village where everybody would live happily ever after in unison. A fairy tale, would say the right-wing extremists in Europe.

And they are right

But, if the right wing arguments are taken seriously, and acted upon by the current liberal leaders of the Eurozone, they could win the fringe voters and break the supremacist grip to some extent.

The common response across the EU could be as follows:

A. The alien invasion – which actually on a very low scale, is an economic necessity as it will help fill the lower income job level in Europe.

But the Europeans must change the rules to make it impossible for job takers to become permanent residents. Widen the scale and many in the supremacist camp will fall for it and fall off the racist agenda.

Furthermore, the white people must be told they are free to travel to any countries in the world, generally speaking they travel visa-free as a result of the age of colonisation.

Besides, the non-whites can’t enter Europe without visa and cash in hand!

B. On a salary scale, the white people are still the biggest earners and they must be made to understand that the gap between their pay checks and that of the aliens will remain wide.

The ruling factions that are not supremacist and want a peaceful world to live in, as everybody seems to have that in mind, should then keep increasing the gap by leaving the high paid jobs in the hands of the Europeans (whites) and putting the aliens in the low-wage circle.

C. Then, there is the male-female gap issues in the world of the Neanderthal.

Practical solutions?

The real challenge in Europe is to close the gap between men and women and see that their earnings are at par or closer still. This is still a taboo issue in the EU, but it must be addressed by the leadership in order to calm the nerves of the females who are seeking to overthrow them and replace them with supremacists.

Solve this and it will bring more supremacist supporters to abandon their thoughts.

On the question of religious inequality will become a fallacy once the Eurozone realises that it has to curb on what the supremacists are calling the dangers of religious penetration in its midst.

It can handle this problem by simply refusing additional permanent residential rights to non-white-non-Christians, that is to the large number of refugees and migrants who are of Muslim faith.

Last, but not least, it will have to win the trust of the supremacist flock by showing that it is willing to engage the Arab-Muslims nations in particular on the issue of religious freedom.

Which will be a diplomatic effort, indeed.

Then only, maybe, Europe may slowly recover from its hiccups and stop being the sick man of the world, at last!

Why Geert Wilders’ set back is good news to the world

For once, the lack of success of the far right movement headed by Geert Wilders in the Netherlands came as a mild relief to the entire world.

Wilders, who stands for everything that is against Islam, the Muslims and immigration in Netherlands and beyond, is a threat to democracy and a victory by his party would have damaged Europe even further.

He is also anti-globalisation, refusing to see the new world as it is, and wanting perhaps an all-white Netherlands.

After the shock Brexit and the even shocking Donald Trump victory in the US, the world could do without a Netherlands’ election shocker.

The Netherlands’ incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte has won the election, and this victory dealing a decisive blow to the Wilders.

Just how did Rutte win the elections after trailing in opinion polls for weeks, is short of a mystery.

Did Turkey play a role in the defeat of Wilders?

A diplomatic spat between the Netherlands and Turkey showed the strength of the Dutch PM who lambasted the Turkish President Recep Erdogan for his ‘Nazi’ comments.

Erdogan, certainly not forgetting that Turkey was a Nazi ally during the World War 2, said the Netherlands and its politicians were like the Nazi’s after they banned Turkish officials from speaking at pro-Turkey rallies in Amsterdam.

The reply from Rutte was to throw the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs out of the Netherlands, a move that might have consolidated his image among the voters.

Turkish family affairs minister was detained by the authorities to prevent her addressing a Rotterdam rally in support of the Turkish president and escorted to the German border, reported The Guardian.

The British newspaper said Police later used horseback charges to break up a pro-Turkey crowd that had gathered at the country’s consulate in the city.

The scenes of the Police cracking on the Muslim crowd and taming them, as well as Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya being escorted to the border with Germany, changed the mood on the eve of the elections.

But Rutte has to be credited for his arguments that the country’s economy was doing good and that democracy and the values of the country were built upon should not be trampled just because Wilders wanted more political powers than he had before the polls.

But it is too early to bury Wilders head into the sands of the shores of the beautiful country.

France is the next big test for the European right-wing movement.

The world is anxiously waiting for the Presidential elections in France where far-right leader Marine Le Pen – the anti-EU leader heading the National Front – is gaining ground.

The New Statesmen said the world – for the first time – could see the far-right win in France.

It said =no one can predict the outcome of this election.

But the world’s hope is now resting on a candidate who can end up becoming France’s unsung hero.

Emmanuel Macron, the former economy minister with no party has built a “political movement” with great momentum and is said to be the only one who can, in the end, stop Le Pen.

For sure, he has successfully – for now – swept on the centre of both left and right, but will that be enough for him to clinch an unexpected victory and give another blow to the rise of the extreme-right movements in Europe?

Picture shows Dutch PM Rutte – Credit: The Internet!

Public outcry after Philippines prisoners stripped naked

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is probing a raid where convicts at a local jail were stripped naked and searched.

 

Thousands of Philippines male prisoners at the Cebu provincial prison were forced to strip bare during a controversial raid last month sparking a public uproar.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has launched an investigation into the alleged human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure.

The CHR said strip examinations should be undertaken only if absolutely necessary," according to the United Nations’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Also, the Commission is concerned because it may constitute a violation of R.A. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law, the CHR said in a statement sent to CNN Philippines.

According to the head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) photos of naked inmates were leaked by jail guards in a bid to discredit the raid.

The photos show the inmates sitting on the floor of the prison quadrangle where many had their hands clutched above their heads.

The surprise raid took place on 28 February where the inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) were woken up before dawn by authorities.

They were congregated in the jail’s open court where they had to remove all their clothes and sit on the floor as the raiding officers searched the cells for illegal items.

The PDEA have deemed the operation as a success since they have nabbed mobile phones, laptops, packets of ‘shabu’ (meth amphetamine) and money amounting to PHP92,000 (US$1,900).

Yogi Filemon Ruiz, the director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) who launched the operation to prevent riots said that the raiding officials agreed to give in to the operation.

“I wanted to ensure mutual safety – the safety of the raiding team and also the safety of the prisoners.”

Ruiz was quoted in an online article on CNN Philippines.

Ruiz said the 3,600 male prisoners outnumbered 289 raiding officials. He added that the raiding officials found 68 bladed arms from the mass hunt.

“Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,”

However, human rights organisations have condemned the raid after the photos of naked inmates were circulated online. Some have said that this is another example of Duterte’s disdain for fundamental human rights.

Amnesty International has in its statement that “this incident clearly amounts to cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners.”

Amnesty International cried foul over the inhuman and degrading treatment" of prisoners.

It called on the government to carry out disciplinary actions on raiding officials who are guilty of torturing the inmates.

On the other hand, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that the mass search of all inmates was not entirely absolutely necessary.

“The conduct of these searches – out in the open and permitting photographs to be taken – was inhuman and degrading and violated the prisoners' rights to privacy,” HRW said.

Since his inauguration in June 2016, Duterte has launched a countrywide crackdown on crime and drug use in the Philippines.

An estimated 7,700 people suspected of being drug suppliers or users have been killed by officials. The president has also authorised extrajudicial killings instead of condemning it.

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Samsung launches holiday campaign with Galaxy A Series

Samsung yesterday launched a holiday campaign for its Galaxy A Series buyers, hoping it will boost its sales in Malaysia.

The company said the campaign is part of its ongoing efforts to inspire young Malaysians to seize the opportunity and “live unplanned”.

The campaign will run on social media site Instagram, saying the new Galaxy A Series (2017) is a perfect platform for consumers to take their holiday experiences up another notch.

The contest, which runs from 10th March until 4th May 2017, will offer the winners and their friends an opportunity to win holiday tickets to some of the trendiest travel destinations around.

“Millennials are socially active and fun-seeking individuals that often live in the moment.

Speak to them and they will tell you that travelling to exotic locales and exciting destinations are in their bucket lists.

Since they have found their perfect companion in the Galaxy A Series (2017), we decided to give away holiday tickets to various beautiful destinations for them to fulfil their bucket lists and help them connect and create memories,” said said Mr Lee Jui Siang, Vice President, IT & Mobile Business Unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics..

The most creative submissions will be chosen and winners get to indulge in an unforgettable trip with flight and accommodation sponsored by Samsung!

The contest has the hashtags #A2017LiveUnplanned and #myGalaxyA2017 and tag @samsungmobilemy but the Instagram account should be set to Public.

Qatar Airways failed bid in Mauritius revisited

Qatar Airways failed bids in Mauritius due to local group pressure

Peer pressure from industry players in the tiny Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius forced Qatar Airways out of a potential deal with Air Mauritius in the past, said a weekly online business magazine in Mauritius.

The Biz Week said sources indicated that the AirAsia X’s retreat from Mauritius was not the first time a foreign airline failed in its attempt to work with Mauritius.

Before AirAsia X, there was a precedence reminiscent of the powers of local pressure groups – either from industry players or ethnic groups.

The Qatar Airways started to show interest in Mauritius around the year 2000.

The magazine said while no one really knows the reason why AirAsia X abandoned the Mauritius route, it could well be due to pressures from Air Mauritius, or as some portals said (reference to The Independent’s breaking story on the AirAsia X pullout from Mauritius published last month) it is due to pressure from an ethnic group.

The weekly said Qatar Airways did not have landing rights in Mauritius, but it did start negotiations with Air Mauritius, showing its firm intentions to become a strategic partner to Air Mauritius.

Intense pressures are the reason the Arab airliner failed in its bid, said the weekly.

Some time back, Air Mauritius was in search for a strategic partner that would allow it to acquire newer aircraft since its existing fleet was old and needed regular repairs.

That was a time when the historic partners of Air Mauritius, Air France through its alliance with KLM were facing financial difficulties, while Air India was interested in the prospects but its deal with Kingfisher recorded huge losses too.

British Airways was approached by Air Mauritius but it rejected the offers.

Then came Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways, but it was the latter that showed keen interest to buy some shares from Air Mauritius.

The weekly said sources indicated the Qataris abandoned the negotiations based on the juicy offers made by Air Mauritius to the Emirates Airlines.

Air Mauritius signed a deal with Emirates but the then Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam expressed the wish that the national airliner had Qatar Airways as a partner.

But an entire team of advisers (or pressure group) opposed the idea, saying the Qataris will dominate and conquer the market.

In 2015, another attempt by Qatar to get its airline to fly by Mauritius but nothing has happened since.

While the Qatar Airways deal did not materialise, the code sharing deal with Emirates did not benefit Air Mauritius much, said the weekly.

Mauritius: Media bias does not help anti-corruption fight

PICTURE CREDIT: People’s Pundit Daily

The fact that the Mauritius government controls the only domestic television network on the island (MBC TV), which opposition parties and media commentators often criticise for pro-government bias, said Transparency International or TI.

Hence, the solution is to get the Mauritius government to understand that if it want to get better linkages in the global supply chain and become a descent player in the modern world, it has to eliminate this media bias.

To do so, it has to allow the opening of the airwaves and let free TV players to play their role.

For this to happen, the people of Mauritius must tell the political parties – which are all bias when they are in power – to stop playing the innocent and to a act on curtailing the MBC’s power.

The constitution and law of Mauritius provides for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and individuals are free to criticise the government without fear of reprisal.

However, the government has not always upheld the highest standards of press freedom and journalists have complained about censorship and harassment on political grounds.

For example, officials have occasionally used libel law to suppress media criticism, and although the charges have usually been dropped, there seems sometimes to be an intent to intimidate

The PPO’s 2013 annual report noted that two suppliers had been suspended (Mauritian Public Procurement Office 2013: 13), although the public list on the PPO’s website did not list one single suspended firm as of September 2014.

Ingrained corruption

Transparency International said corruption in Mauritius is ingrained in the country’s fabric, with enduring weaknesses at legislative level to tackle the problem.

There is a lack of right to information act and regulations to deal both with private sector corruption and the funding of political parties.

As usual, we can see it is politics that remains so dirty!

TI said Mauritius is frequently lauded as sub-Saharan Africa’s shining example of democracy, good governance and economic success.

In the last 15 years, successive Mauritian governments have placed a real emphasis on anti-corruption measures and achieved some notable results, particularly the passing of a series of laws and the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 2002.

Nonetheless, while it is true that Mauritius performs well in comparative regional studies and indices, all too often this obscures a problem with corruption referred to as “pervasive and ingrained” in cables leaked from the US embassy.

The role of the island state as a centre for offshore financial services continues to be a driver of high-level corruption. Petty corruption in law enforcement and customs is also rampant.

At the legislative level, there are enduring weaknesses in the integrity framework, particularly with regards to the lack of a right to information act and regulations dealing both with private sector corruption and the funding of political parties.

Perceived corruption in the country has been on a steady increase since 2011 following a series of high- profile corruption scandals.

The “accountability” component of the Mo Ibrahim score has been in gradual decline since a peak performance of 79.3 in 2009, and Mauritius has slipped down the CPI rankings since 2009, when it was judged to be the 39th least corrupt country worldwide (Transparency International 2010).

The main drivers of corruption in Mauritius include the complicated relationship between business interests and politics, an opaque party financing system, lack of citizen oversight and the occasionally partisan nature of investigative bodies.

TI said corruption also existed in the public procurement and the energy sector.

 

Bell & Ross unveils a new communication campaign

Bell & Ross has launched a new advertising campaign that embarks into the world of the extreme.

“It focuses on the three favorite elements of the brand: air, land and water,” said a media release from the company.

The different visuals feature the heroes of today, and will be revealed progressively, it said.

Watch Beyond
The new campaign’s tagline plays on the double meaning of the word “watch”.

It expresses the idea of always going one step further with more accomplished and efficient timepieces. It also encourages us to look beyond and to plunge into the universes of our heroes by wearing helmets, goggles or diving masks.

The visual concept of this advertising campaign, linked to the slogan Watch Beyond, allows us to place ourselves in the world of the professionals who work under extremes conditions, where a watch is not only a tool serving their missions, but an ally at every moment.

The graphic concept of the campaign gives prominence to the new timepieces of the Aviator and Vintage collections: it includes a photograph taken in the air by a fighter pilot wearing the BR-03 Black Matte —one of Bell & Ross’ iconic models­.

“This exciting start will be followed by the launch of the RS17 campaign, presenting the brand’s partnership with Renault Formula One Team™ with pictures taken throughout the Renault tests on the legendary Barcelona racetrack.

“Other versions will be released with the Basel novelties as of March 22nd,” the company said.

With this campaign, Bell & Ross shares its vision of time and highlights the accomplishments of the heroes who use and endorse the brand’s watches thanks to their readability and reliability.

This 360° campaign is launched simultaneously all over the world as of now.

It includes 4 visuals and 2 videos, which will be released throughout the year.

#bellross #WatchBeyond

Why is Europe the sick man of the century?

And what can be the solutions that European leaders could bring forward to salvage a union that made history when it was formed decades ago?

We are not going to delve into the what went wrong with the EU in the course of its history, a long history for any form of union that has for several decades, grouped most of Europe into one entity.

Thus, we ran the current clash of political powers in Europe in particular through our powerful analytical barometers.

And here is the truth about what made Europe the sick man of the globe!

The result of this brain storming on the European Union and its woes was astonishing.

Firstly, we have to analyse what are the Europeans searching in the current global situation of conflicts around the world and the state of economic dishevelment in the Eurozone.

There is no doubt that the extreme right wing is gaining grounds on perfectly legitimate arguments. These arguments used in other parts of the world, like in Singapore for example, would hold sway among the political elite and solutions would be found immediately to stem the rise of anti-government, and anti-establishment sentiments.

Secondly, the traditional political parties are struggling because they are passé and they are fighting against the dynamics of real politics in their societies with archaic reasoning. This is not good for the rest of the world.

But the situation is not irreversible, if they tweak their philosophy and adapt it to the needs of their people, instead the needs of say, the migrants and the refugees, and focus their battlefront on reversing the economic doldrums they are in, they could be in for another good run.

Currently, they seem to have abandoned the views and the needs of their people by putting upfront the battle for equality in their countries, among aliens and the Europeans who are grumbling because of a system failure in the Eurozone.

As a result of this policy stance, more Europeans are getting weary of their government’s forcing this view on the people.

Hence they are turning towards the like of Marine Le Pen, and Gert Wilders – two of the most extreme right figures in the European scene.

The analysis also shows that the right wing is advanced in its political campaign.

In fact, it is far more advanced in its arguments that it is grabbing attention at home, and abroad.

Far Right’s Views

The far right is saying the following:

1. It has reasons to fight for the rights of the white people against the influx of aliens on its soil

2. To the white people, Europe does not need more religious divide. For them they are right that there is no equality in the religious debate since the alien influx is largely Islamic

3. White male supremacy is a European right but the socialist and the centre right agendas has chipped away in the ‘white is right’ theology in Europe

Now, if we take these into lightly, the answer to these arguments would be classic.

One would say the Europeans are the proponents of a ‘global’ world that would be a global village where everybody would live happily ever after in unison. A fairy tale, would say the right-wing extremists in Europe.

And they are right

But, if the right wing arguments are taken seriously, and acted upon by the current liberal leaders of the Eurozone, they could win the fringe voters and break the supremacist grip to some extent.

The common response across the EU could be as follows:

A. The alien invasion – which actually on a very low scale, is an economic necessity as it will help fill the lower income job level in Europe.

But the Europeans must change the rules to make it impossible for job takers to become permanent residents. Widen the scale and many in the supremacist camp will fall for it and fall off the racist agenda.

Furthermore, the white people must be told they are free to travel to any countries in the world, generally speaking they travel visa-free as a result of the age of colonisation.

Besides, the non-whites can’t enter Europe without visa and cash in hand!

B. On a salary scale, the white people are still the biggest earners and they must be made to understand that the gap between their pay checks and that of the aliens will remain wide.

The ruling factions that are not supremacist and want a peaceful world to live in, as everybody seems to have that in mind, should then keep increasing the gap by leaving the high paid jobs in the hands of the Europeans (whites) and putting the aliens in the low-wage circle.

C. Then, there is the male-female gap issues in the world of the Neanderthal.

Practical solutions?

The real challenge in Europe is to close the gap between men and women and see that their earnings are at par or closer still. This is still a taboo issue in the EU, but it must be addressed by the leadership in order to calm the nerves of the females who are seeking to overthrow them and replace them with supremacists.

Solve this and it will bring more supremacist supporters to abandon their thoughts.

On the question of religious inequality will become a fallacy once the Eurozone realises that it has to curb on what the supremacists are calling the dangers of religious penetration in its midst.

It can handle this problem by simply refusing additional permanent residential rights to non-white-non-Christians, that is to the large number of refugees and migrants who are of Muslim faith.

Last, but not least, it will have to win the trust of the supremacist flock by showing that it is willing to engage the Arab-Muslims nations in particular on the issue of religious freedom.

Which will be a diplomatic effort, indeed.

Then only, maybe, Europe may slowly recover from its hiccups and stop being the sick man of the world, at last!