Skip to comments.Is Europe Cracking Up?
Posted on 03/25/2014 7:37:09 AM PDT by Kaslin
A week ago, in the St. George's Hall in the Kremlin, Russia's elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin's rule.
In Crimea, the Russian majority has not ceased celebrating. The re-conquest nears completion. In Eastern Ukraine, Russians have now begun to agitate for annexation by Moscow.
Ukrainian nationalism, manifest in the anti-Russia coup in Kiev, has produced its inevitable reaction among Russians.
While praising the Ukrainians who came out to Maidan to protest peacefully, Putin said that those behind the decisive events "resorted to terror, murder and riots. Nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites executed this coup." The Kremlin erupted in cheers.
But not only in Ukraine is ethnic nationalism surging.
"National Front Vote Stuns Hollande" was the headline on the Financial Times' story about France's municipal elections Sunday.
Though the FN of Marine Le Pen, daughter of party founder Jean Marie Le Pen, did not field candidate in many cities, it won the mayoral race outright in Henin-Beaumont and ran first or second in a dozen medium-sized cities, qualifying for run-off elections on March 30.
"The National Front has arrived as a major independent force -- a political force both at the national and local levels," declared Le Pen.
No one is arguing the point. Indeed, a measure of panic has set in for the socialist party of Francois Hollande, which is calling on all parties to unite against FN candidates.
In early polling for the May elections for the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the National Front is running close behind the UMP of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, and ahead of Hollande's socialists.
Begun as an anti-immigrant, anti-EU Party, the FN has broadened its base to issues like crime and unemployment.
But the most startling news on the nationalist front last week came in Venice and the Veneto region, where 89 percent of a large turnout in a non-binding referendum voted to secede from Italy and re-establish the Venetian republic that vanished in 1866.
Exulted Luca Zaia of the separatist Northern League, "The will for secession is growing very strong. We are only at the Big Bang of the movement -- but revolutions are born of hunger and we are now hungry. Venice can now escape."
The proposed "Repubblica Veneta" would embrace five million inhabitants of Veneto. Should it succeed in seceding, Lombardy and Trentino would likely follow, bringing about a partition of Italy. Sardinia is also reportedly looking for an exit.
In readying their referendum, Venetians journeyed to Scotland to observe preparations by the Scottish National Party for the vote this fall to sever the 1707 Act of Union with England.
Also observing in Scotland were representatives of Catalonia who will hold a similar referendum this fall on secession from Spain. Basque Country secessionists were present in Scotland as well.
In a report published this weekend, "Europe on Trial," a poll of 20,000 British commissioned by Lord Ashcroft of the Conservative Party found that Russia (before the Kiev-Crimea crisis) was viewed more favorably than either the EU or European Parliament.
By 49-31, British think the costs of membership in the EU outweigh the benefits and they are now evenly divided, 41-41, on whether to get out of the union altogether.
Prime Minister David Cameron has set a vote on EU membership for 2017. Now it appears the Labour Party, seeing the unpopularity of the EU, may also be open to changing the EU treaty and a referendum on saying goodbye to Europe, should they take power in 2015.
Why is the EU under rising centrifugal pressure? Why do so many nations of Europe seem on the verge of breaking up?
There is no single or simple explanation.
Venice and Northern Italy feel exploited. Why, they ask, should we subsidize a less industrious and lazier south that consumes tax revenues we raise here. Many northern Italians believe they have more in common with Swiss than Romans, Neapolitans or Sicilians.
Flanders feels the same about the Walloons in Belgium.
Scots and Catalans believe they are a people with a culture, history and identity separate from the nations to which they belong.
Across Europe, there is a fear that the ethnic character of their countries and continent are being altered forever against the will of the people.
Western Europeans are recoiling at the Bulgarians, Rumanians and gypsies arriving from Eastern Europe. Asylum seekers, economic refugees and migrants in the scores of thousands arrive annually on the Italian island of Lampedusa and in the Spanish Canaries.
Early this month, the New York Times reported a surge of 80,000 African migrants headed for the tiny Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the Moroccan coast.
The goal these desperate people seek: the mother countries of the Old Continent and the wealthy welfare states of Northern Europe.
What the children of Europe are rebelling against is what their fathers, paralyzed by political correctness, refused to prevent.
It was predictable, it was predicted, and it has come to pass.
Now its later, and they indeed have run out of other people’s money.
“Why is the EU under rising centrifugal pressure? Why do so many nations of Europe seem on the verge of breaking up?”
That government is best which is closest to
- Thomas Jefferson
Facts are stubborn things and, for liberals, difficult to comprehend.
Jefferson had it right. Our “betters” today are always seeking to create a government which is more remote and less answerable to the people.
It's more than a fear, it's a fact. They're suffering from a cancer, called islam.
“Why, they ask, should we subsidize a less industrious and lazier south that consumes tax revenues we raise here.”
I remember the knee-jerk liberal, well traveled, rich kids in college, the world community professors, the elitist journalist, et el, telling me about how great Europeans have it: 30 days of vacation, 35 hour work weeks, early retirement, free healthcare, housing stipends, paternity/maternity leave, and on and on. Let’s here it now Lindsy Schnozzbottom. 30 days of vacation is now 30% unemployment with no relief in site. The money you make in those 35 hours is paying for smartphones for Gypsies and Headchoppers. You just thought you’d get to retire at 55. Healthcare is now Deathcare.
Sounds more like a reaction against the international progressive movement.
There’s a Saint George’s Hall in The Kremlin?
I’ll be darned..
Many of the people never wanted the EU. They are also unhappy with the management.
Things were forced on them. Sound familiar?
What is strange is only that it has taken this long for so many to fight back.
America is suffering from the same cancer as the EU--indeed, it was the American Left that pushed the creation of the EU in the aftermath of World War II. And it is the same collection of Leftist Ideologues in America, which has undermined--deliberately undermined--our sense of an American identity, and the desire to maintain an American identity in any form that the Founders would recognize. (See Norman Cousins & Surrender By Subterfuge.)
All decent people want a peaceful world--although we are likely never to achieve it. But the idea of destroying the cultural achievements of the world's very, very diverse peoples, in pursuit of the fantasy of human equality, is no step in any acceptable direction. None!
Briton s/h listened to Margaret Thatcher.
This make believe world of human interchangeability is mucking up the future of all peoples, everywhere. It is premised not on respect, but on an insane aversion to reality.
There is no single or simple explanation.
Well let me give it a whack: "Bureaucracy."
“Yes. And Britain should also have listened to Enoch Powell.”
I was just about to post that!
Are the Frisians beating the war drums to secede from the Netherlands, yet?
Those areas that are flooded with muzzies will soon enough desire independence so as to establish the European caliphate.
Hey you white Euros better start marking your territories before there is nothing left to mark.
How about, "overgovernment by green-eyed power junkies and overzealous hall-monitor types"?
Maggie got stabbed in the back and tossed by her own party, at the behest of the Build-a-Burgers, over the monetary-union issue. The Burgers wanted England to give up the pound sterling and go into the euro. Maggie told them "piss off", and some moral midgets in her own party launched the coup, the will of the Burgers for to build.
“The EU was not content to be a free trading, monetary & economic confederation.”
I don’t think we should assume that these are anti-EU movements. In the case of Scotland, they are looking towards the EU not away from it. Venice is reflecting an age old scism in the politics of the Italian penninsula.
“Their fanatical approach has..interfered with the different nations’ perceptions of proper sex roles, ethnic identification & other social institutions, developed over many generations.”
Socialist silliness was entrenched in Europe long before the EU. These are not American-style conservatives clamoring for a return to traditional values.
“...it was the American Left that pushed the creation of the EU in the aftermath of World War II.”
In point of fact, Republicans supported it as well - as a way to prevent yet another Europe-wide war.
Your final paragraph is spot-on, however.
I finished reading her memoirs a little while back. She went into great detail about the monetary-union issue and the EU, along with everything else she dealt with during her time. Good read!
"See, I told you so."
And with respect to Republicans pushing for the EU, those were predominantly not Conservative Republicans. Before the Goldwater to Reagan battle for control of the Republican Party, it was scarcely more Conservative than the Democratic Party. The Conservative Southern Democrats were more Conservative, than the East Coast Republicans, who succeeded in frustrating the Taft Republican efforts to move the Party to the Right in the 1940s & 1950s.
Eff Le Pen. Eff Putin. Eff the EU. Eff em all.
Cannot disagree with that
I dont agree with many of her policies, but when you listen to her you clearly sense that France (along with Europe not defending its borders in order to dilute France and the UK with immigrants to maintain its divide to reign ultimate goal) is dying.
Some bad stuff is about to happen over there.
Political Correctness, class hypocrisy, abortion... yep... and now how to suppress murder instincts from coming out when the migrants provoke them?
Change you can believe in.
Some bad stuff is about to happen over there.
Yep, I see WW III on the horizon. The once laudable goal of a unified Europe was always built upon the Backs of the American Taxpayers and a quasi-occupation force from the U.S. that freed them of having to defend themselves.
Well guess what Europe and the World, we are near bankruptcy now so your living off of ‘Others Peoples Money’ is about to end.
BRAVO! Couldn’t have said it better...
This is why the top-down imposition of the EU on a resistant and grudging populace was doomed from the start. It only awaited the inevitable economic instability to evolve to start the political unraveling.
More so true of America than Europe. We exceed them on all three fronts.