On March 15, Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche was invited to speak on the theme of “The Surprises of the Year 2017, from the Standpoint of Global Politics” by the Kiwanis Club in the of the Austrian city of Linz. The over 100 guests were first greeted by Kiwanis Club president Gerhard Hölzmüller, before Zepp-LaRouche gave an overview of the major strategic changes in the world brought about by China’s initiative of the New Silk Road, which the mainstream media have in large part ignored or scarcely covered.
She also went through the decades-long campaign of the Schiller Institute for the idea of infrastructure development which grew into the Silk Road, and was proclaimed, in the Autumn of 2013, China’s official policy by President Xi Jinping. Today, the New Silk Road is no longer just a vision, but is a reality that will determine the future.
Now, there is also a chance that the Trump Administration could bring the United States into the Silk Road initiative, with its emphasis on great infrastructure projects. Europe, however, continues to stick to a policy which is causing humanitarian crises, reflected in the fact that poverty in some EU member countries has increased by 40% in just a few years.
In that context, Zepp-LaRouche presented the Schiller Institute proposal for a Marshall Plan for the Mediterranean region as the only way to improve the situation in the Near East and in North Africa, and thus stop the inflow of refugees. What is totally unacceptable, she said, is the current hideous EU policy of attempting to negotiate the establishment of “internment camps” with hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, which are in end effect prisons.
The discussion with the audience that followed her presentation featured largely constructive issues. There is no guarantee that things will change for the better, Helga Zepp-LaRouche concluded, but she called on the audience to join the effort to help put the European Union on the Silk Road course.