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The European Slide Toward Irrelevance

June 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

From The American Interest:

 

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Elections for the European parliament, regardless of the results, are always a celebration of the EU project. Blue flags with the 12 golden stars are omnipresent when a “European electorate” casts its vote in what is considered the largest election in the world outside India. But the most recent elections are important for a different reason: They are part of a longer trend that is pushing Europe toward global irrelevance.

Two election results in particular are striking, not because of their novelty but because they demonstrate the resilience of certain political forces that are leading to Europe’s withdrawal from the global chessboard.

Read the full article here.

6 Comments
  1. jack broughton permalink
    June 4, 2019 6:35 pm

    Being “Green and fighting climate change” has a holy mantra sound bite quality. The EU and UK will soon regret their encouragement of such movements as they will be hard to stop; a bit like stopping a religion.

    This article brings that across well. Pity that it has to then move on to the reds-under-the-bed bit of typical American jingoism. In my view the Russians have a lot to gain from encouraging use of their vast gas resources (and possibly their nuclear reactor designs) and trade deals are better for world stability than sanctions. The problem is that for over a generation the USA was terrified of a war with Russia and does not seem able to get over that fear, it also justifies their massive arms-spend of course.

    • David Kendrick permalink
      June 4, 2019 8:20 pm

      Americans were afraid of nothing, they got hijacked by Rothschilds & Co who had ancesteral religious grudges larger than mount everest for the Tsar the Catholic Church(Eastern Orthodox) and all stemming from the fall of Khazaria. Which was in fact nothing to do with the rest of us whatsoever. In fact the US was for 2 centuries from 1808 the evil monster devouring the continent and with building its wall enters its Hadrian moment, stopping at the Rhine looking in, expansion is over. So they bring in the bogeymen to keep the war machine running.

  2. June 4, 2019 8:18 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  3. markl permalink
    June 4, 2019 8:50 pm

    There has been a movement gaining steam in America much like the EU. Every day another national or local hero is demonized and wiped out of history. The Left has bestowed more freedoms and money on minorities in the name of “righting wrongs of the past” even with so called “reparations” being demanded for some minorities….. but not all. Capitalism that built America into the wealthiest nation in the world is under attack. I’m surprised history revisionists in Europe haven’t started toppling statues like they are in America because the EU has openly advocated ditching national pride and identity in favor of a new central omnipotent power …. first the EU, then the UN for the world. A racial screed against the dominant population of white people in America will probably be the undoing of the whole movement but in the meantime the division is rampant. Europeans rail against America’s obsession with Russian and Chinese hegemony yet have allowed a quango to take over their lives without giving it a thought. Only the UK so far understands the danger enough to do something about it.

  4. Robert Jones permalink
    June 5, 2019 10:27 am

    This essay hammers another nail into the coffin that will shortly be the resting place of the ‘former EU’. Strike 1, the EU has never structured itself to observe the tenets or even a passing regard for democracy. Its officials are unelected, poor administrators, lack competence and integrity, are wasteful and possibly even corrupt, paying themselves handsomely and often. Strike 2, the Euro is in trouble and its failure to serve all EU states is leading to unequal support measures. Strike 3, the recent elections shift the balance of EU effort away from growth and increased prosperity for all members towards the fatuous pursuit of fashionable ‘Greendom’ (should be ‘Greendumb!) dressed up as social justice. Strike 4, as long as some members (eg Germany) are seen to be benefitting disproportionately well from the European Project the schisms will blossom.

  5. Gerry, England permalink
    June 5, 2019 2:22 pm

    As the EU is not a democracy by the majority of definitions – their claim is based on ‘participation’ not ‘power’ – then the parliament elections are always going to be used as a vote for something else, if people bother to vote at all. The elite were very pleased that turnout increased – surprisingly not in the UK though – as they think it gives them some legitimacy but that ignores the anger with the EU that caused the increase. If the EU had the courage of its conviction that government by unelected commissioners is the best system they should stop trying to hide it. One can only feel that they know it would be unpopular if they put that forward clearly.

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