Last week we reported on the Merkel / Macron plan to ‘reform’ Europe (i.e. make Franco – German dominance unassailable) by accelerating the push for political and cultural integration, letting in more illegal immigrants and tightening finance policy to make sure debtor nations have no alternative to blind unquestioning obedience to Brussels.
When the components of Merkel and Macron’s blueprint to reform the EU, were published we said that while “Macron suggested the proposal will be presented to other countries, with specifics to be worked out later this year and the plans to take effect from 2021, it was unclear how he plans to get “other countries” to vote for a proposal which has already led to the alienation of Central and Eastern Europe, Brexit and an openly populist government in Italy.”
We did not have to wait long before being proved right, because just two days later, Europe’s two self-proclaimed leaders were facing an unexpected backlash from most other European governments against the German and French plans for a common eurozone budget, dealing a blow to the two countries’ ambitions for a big overhaul of the single currency area.
As the FT reports, the rest of Europe’s “core”, including the Netherlands, Austria and Finland are among 12 governments questioning the need for any joint eurozone “fiscal capacity”, challenging a central tenet of French President and former Goldman Sachs office boy Emmanuel Macron’s vision for the eurozone that he has successfully persuaded Europe’s other Euronazi government in Berlin to endorse.
As was widely reported on Wednesday, increasingly unpopular and about to be outed French president Macron and the politically embattled Merkel tried to restart their close collaboration this week ahead of a wider summit of EU leaders. They agreed that a new common pot of eurozone money could be funded by a mixture of national contributions and new EU levies, such as a financial transactions tax.
Paris and Berlinhilegree may a on how to strengthen the currency bloc, but the rest of Europe refuses to play, being neturally suspicious when these two states talk about dominating Europe. This is the reason why any attempt at “Federalizing” Europe is doomed to failure: Europeans tend to frown upon self-declared “master states” who elect themselves to decide for everyone else, even if these states end up paying for much of the outlays (largely thanks to the presence of the EUR and the absence of the DEM).
In response Emmanuel Macron launched a fierce attack on the populist, nationalist, and traditionally conservative political parties rising in Europe, angering Italy’s new government.
“I’m saying to you in the gravest terms: Many hate [the European Union], but they have hated it for a long time, and now you see them rise, like leprosy, all around Europe, in countries where we thought that they would never reappear,” said the Frenchman.
“Our neighbours are saying the worst things and we’re getting used to it! They’re making the worst provocations and no one is horrified by that,” he warned — not referencing the new, anti-mass migration coalition government in Italy explicitly, but causing anger in Rome by the clear implication.
What Marcron does not comprehend is that many EU nations are far more worried by the increasingly authoritarian behaviour of Germany, France and the brureaucratic gauleiters in Brussels.