Monday, August 08, 2005

Anti-French sentiments expanding in Eastern Europe

Resentment of France is growing in Eastern Europe where French policies are perceived to be anti-American and undermining the European Union's cohesion. Diplomats describe the mood as "Francophobia" and attribute it to various statements by French President Jacques Chirac and to the rejection by French voters of the proposed European constitution. According to one assessment, "The vast majority of people in Eastern and Central Europe is highly critical of French diplomacy. They consider the United States to be the big winner of the Cold War and the most influential power in the world." According to Polish sources, suggestions have been posited in the former communist countries for a more balanced policy by the EU that would see the United States as a partner, not as a competitor. At the same time the decline of the use of the French language across the entire continent and particularly in EU institutions has caused concern in France. In 1986, before EU expansion, 58 percent of the documents issued by the European Commission were initially written in French. The figure dropped to barely 20 percent after the recent expansion to 25 members. Among east and central Europeans active in EU institutions, 62 percent claim to speak English, 48 percent German and only 7 percent French.

6 Comments:

At August 08, 2005 1:36 PM, Blogger RobertinArabia said...

Eastern Europe and the American Myth:
When I was teachimg in the USA I would ask my students what they thought of Amercan schools compared to the ones they had experienced in Europe. All of them considered American schools to be a travesty of education and far inferior to the schools in their home countries. I asked them if they had been telling their relatives back home about this. They said that they had. I asked them how their relatives reacted. They told me that they never believed them.

 
At August 08, 2005 2:06 PM, Blogger Kledo said...

Absolutely no sign of Anti-French phobia in my vicinity. And as far as I know opponents of the European Constitution are in lead over supporters in the Czech Republic.

 
At August 08, 2005 4:14 PM, Blogger erp said...

robertinarabia,

During the cultural revolution of the 60's, schools in the U.S. from pre-school through graduate school, were co-opted by the hippy-dippy moonbats and are now in the vise-like grip of the far leftwing teachers unions who virtually control Democratic politics.

No longer are children taught reading, writing and 'rithmetic, nor are they taught history, geography, civics, literature and their own culture.

The schools are a massive propaganda mechanism were students are taught, confirmed by the media, that all the problems around the world are caused by American imperialism and corrupt and greedy American corporations and the worst villains of this massive assault on the planet are rightwing fundamentalist Christians.

As for francophobia in Eastern Europe, they can't ignore what's in front of their eyes, although you have to give credit where credit is due, French schools teach the basics even if with a leftward tilt.

 
At August 08, 2005 5:16 PM, Blogger stuart10242 said...

There are two basic problems with the American Schools.
The first is political correctness. As a result of P.C. the text books and courses have been cleansed of anything that gives analysis. Thus in subjects such as History only pure dry facts are contained. The result is the subjects have become totally dry and boring.
The second problem is Americam Culture. American Culture places to much emphasise on the Social Sciences and Humanities and seems to deemphasize the importance of Math and Science. The result is a generation of Students with no real ability to carry on the U.S. tradition of leadership in technology. There is a second trend consisting of a rapid falling off of foreign students who come to the U.S. to study Engineering and Science. Many then stay upon completion of their studies. If these trends continue it is conceivable that the U.S. lead in technological innovation will vanish and other countries will become the leaders.

 
At August 08, 2005 7:28 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"The result is a generation of Students with no real ability to carry on the U.S. tradition of leadership in technology."

Increasingly American parents are sending their children to private schools or doing home-schooling. Some states have charter schools, but it's a hit or miss proposition for them; they can be as bad as the worst public school are as good as a good private school.

So what you have is not an unable generation, but a generation with a smaller pool of capable people able to take the future reins.

 
At August 12, 2005 11:23 PM, Blogger none said...

Well, the Eastern Europeans have no negative experiences with the US to relate to. It's a different story with the South Americans. It will be different in 30-50 years, but right now they are happy to walk hand in hand with the one and only superpower.

 

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