The whole EU is a disaster beyond words. I am most surprised at Angela Merkel whose power in Council should have made this drang nach osten impossible. Instead she must have supported it and used her influence to promote Juncker in place of Barroso, as a way of increasing the centralising of the EU. And the war it has unleashed in Ukraine is appalling. Its gone very quiet in the corporate media about the ethnic cleansing of Eastern Ukraine – there must now be at least 1.5 million refugees in Russia. It makes me ashamed to be a citizen of a member state of the EU.
In what seems to most people of my generation a terrifyingly rapid process, the EEC has gone from being an economic community to a political free-trade bloc and then a hopelessly botched attempt at currency and fiscal federalism. After 1990(ish) however, the EU lost its mind…and borrowed others belonging to idiots – based in Brussels, but increasingly genuflecting towards Berlin. The Belgian Rome has since morphed into the an expansionist EU…aka Empire of the Unhinged.
The degree of marble-loss became really clear when the van Rompuys and Barrosos began gaily talking of recruiting from the Arab Spring, via the introduction of Turkey into the EU. But long before that, the collapse of the USSR gave the Eunatics (prodded from behind by Washington) the chance to annexe twelve former Soviet satellites: these were Finland (1995), the Czech…
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