“The European Project Was Always Bound To Fail” – Europe Abandons The Union

After Brexit European Union Moves To Abolish Free Speech!
While European citizens are increasingly at risk of arrest for “hate speech” and “xenophobic remarks” (both terms for which there is no legal definition in any state of Europe,) the law does not apply equally to all Europeans, the ruling elites it sems can say what they like about whom they dislike.As I have previously mentioned (elsewhere if not here), in the mid 1980s I spent some time working for the European Union. It was not a long contract, I could have embedded myself and spent ten years picking up big fat freelance contractor fees for doing very little. The incessant meetings, consultations, steering groups, committees, policy documents and blah blah blah were driving me insane. In the end even the lovely and equally married Marie Dondelanger could not keep me in Luxembourg, which BTW is a delightful place to live and work.

My experience was similar to many people with a ‘doer’ mindset who have been involved with the EU’s bureaucratic machine and its culture of not doing but counting and measuring, documenting, regulating and planning.

The European project was always bound to fail. Europe is a continent riven by geographic and cultural barriers. It has spent two millennia not only indulging in massive and constant internal wars, but also keeping written records of them, informing each generation of all the times their forebears were wronged. Over the centuries, great empires have risen and fallen, leaving behind distinct groups of people with different histories, languages and cultures and enough chips on their shoulders to power a Google data centre.

Any project attempting merge these diverse economies and cultures into one centrally controlled, bureaucratically governed superstate over the course of just 70 years was doomed from the outset. It would inevitably encounter insurmountable levels of nationalistic resistance, both pragmatic and emotional, and eventually the project would implode. That is where we now find ourselves.

Crises proliferate, and though they all have different outward appearances each stems from the same underlying issue: Human beings value their national and regional identities over the supranational dream. The sovereign debt crisis and repeating Grexit scares, born of the introduction of the euro in 1999, have exposed Northern Europe’s unwillingness to subsidize the south. TheBrexit referendum, scheduled for June, can trace its roots to the 2004 enlargement of the European Union, which unleashed a wave of Polish and east European migration to the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, amid the ongoing immigration crisis, national leaders are appeasing their populations by bypassing European rules and re-erecting border controls to stem the flow of refugees across their territory.To be fair here, the EU rules on free movement were never meant to grant people from outside the Union free access through its borders or free movement within the EU.

In all of these situations, the same factors are at work: The driving forces within Europe are national in nature, and member nations will ultimately put their own interests first.

Today’s problems were both predictable and predicted.  Having identified the flaws in  a system is one thing however, to propose ways of fixing those flaws without introducing new and even more serious flaws is quite another. And after many years tickering around the edges, the EU’s flaws have become terminal.

There are still many different ways that the demise of the European Union’s current form could come about. For example, the project could unravel via market forces, as it nearly did in 2012 when investors tested the commitment of the core to save the periphery and found it to be (barely) willing to do so. Or a disaffected populace could elect a nationalist party such as France’s National Front, which could either lead the country out of the European Union or make the bloc so unmanageable that it ceases to function.

Perhaps the most likely scenario at this point would be for the European Union to survive as a ghost of its former self, with its laws ignored and stripped back to the extent that it holds only a loose grip on its members.

When Britain joined in 1974 after a referendum, those of us who voted for the EU were led to believe our country would be joining a free trade association. In fact, as I was reminded every morning on the way to my office in the Baitment Jean Monnet, by a large stone plaque in the lobby, the original vision in the years that followed World War Two, the intention was always to dissolve the sovereign nations of Europe and by geographic expansion and economic integration to create a single European state.

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After Brexit European Union Moves To Abolish Free Speech!
While European citizens are increasingly at risk of arrest for “hate speech” and “xenophobic remarks” (both terms for which there is no legal definition in any state of Europe,) the law does not apply equally to all Europeans, the ruling elites it sems can say what they like about whom they dislike.

Elsewhere: [ The Original Boggart Blog] … Daily Stirrer …[Little Nicky Machiavelli]… [ Ian’s Authorsden Pages ]… [Scribd]…[Wikinut] … [ Boggart Abroad] … [ Grenteeth Bites ] … Ian Thorpe at Flickr ] … [ Tumblr ] … [Ian at Minds ] … [ Authorsden blog ] … [Daily Stirrer News Aggregator]
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