Beyond Pop Histories of the European Union – in The Globalist

The following piece was published in The Globalist on 5th November 2013, extracted and edited by Stephan Richter (thanks Stephan) from my Sydney talk The Dirty War for Europe’s Integrity and Soul. Click here for The Globalist’s page or…

A pop history of the European Union might explain the European peoples’ determination to come together as follows:

  • The French feared the Germans
  • The Irish wanted to escape Britain
  • Greeks were terrified of Turkey
  • The Spanish wanted to become more like the French
  • The Italians wanted to become German
  • The Dutch and the Austrians had all but become German
  • The Belgians sought to heal their sharp divisions by joining into both Holland and France under the auspices of a reconfigured DM
  • And, finally, the Germans feared the Germans!

Of course, there is no such thing as the Germans. Or theGreeks. Or the French, for that matter. “We are all individuals” as Monty Python have taught us. Or Europeans, as many of us would like to think.

The good news is that the Germans no longer fear the Germans. Europe needs a confident Germany that understands that the current gross denial of the crisis’ nature is costing Germans dearly. That their taxes are being used to build new kleptocracies in the European periphery countries, while the proportion of working poor Germans is skyrocketing.

And if and when the whole “thing” unravels, there will be nothing but losers all over Europe and beyond. It is in this sense that Europeans do have, still have, a powerful, common interest. That interest is to confront the bureaucracies, the cartels, as well as the kleptocrats who are preventing them from adapting the European Union to post-2008 realities.

Diversity and cultural difference was never Europe’s problem. A continent which began uniting under many different languages and cultures ended up divided by a common currency. We tried to deal with the inevitable crisis of a faulty economic design as if the Balkanization of Europe was the objective!

When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he famously replied that: “…it would be a very good idea.” If asked what we think of the European Union today, we could do worse than remarking: “A splendid idea! If only we can pull it off…”

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  • Not very much fitting in here, but at least I wanted to show how a small but good leftist newspaper’s side one looks like today. Sold around the country, it has not enough readers, yet some 20 000 will read that today. A report about Greece and the new mass demonstrations and the next steps in the austerity-politics. http://www.jungewelt.de/2013/11-07/058.php
    In german, of course. About the mass demonstrations. Not all german media, only the most, are half-blind or totally blind if it comes to Greece.

  • If asked what we think of the European Union today, we could do worse than remarking: “A splendid idea! If only we can pull it off…”
    Okay I need to get something of my chest here for a moment. We all know now why euro-corporatists, the enarques elites of France, the industrialists of Germany and co and the cleptocrats of the South wanted the common market and the single currency. Why on Earth then the E.U. would be a “Splendid Idea”!?!? for the rest of us? Remember that we outnumber the aforementiond by the millions. I think the left wing multicoultural internatianlist E.U. enthusiasts need to get off their ivory tower and smell the napalm on the ground. We live in an era where ideology simply does not matter anymore, if it ever did. I do not speak my mind as an euro-skeptic. I formerly believed in the E.U. project but I mostly believe in the timeless maxim of mr. Keynes : “When the facts change, I change my mind”. So I ask of the E.U. supporters: What are the facts now? What exactly supports your fixation in the E.U. and the eurozone? Why wouldn’t an orderly dismanting of this abomination be in the beneffit of the people of Europe and the nation state concept that wheter you like it or not will not simply go away.

  • “That their taxes are being used to build new kleptocracies in the European periphery countries, while the proportion of working poor Germans is skyrocketing.” Absolutely agree professor,
    A first step important to safe the idea of European Union would be to get rid of those useless bureaucrats in Brussels, who attempt to create the EUSSR, They are suffocating every small business initiative with regulations that determine e.g. the shape of almonds (50 pages I am told ) and the diameter of toilet seats. We must appreciate our European diversity.. And to those who believe in more Gov I would like to say never ever in history had the left an answer to economic problems. The Greek bureaucracy is a case in point. What many people dont understand imo, is that there are no free markets anymore and we are not living in capitalism. The present US/ European system resembles the ideas of Mussolini, the convergence of Gov, banksters and big corporations with a European Commission as their front institution.. I am afraid we will need another French revolution to get rid of them or go back to serfdom.
    Interesting article btw: Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303763804579183680751473884