13 Sep 2012

End of Dimension, Art of Superstate: The Long Euro Struggle to Continue.


This is the week it all changed. The week when finally the pursuit of a European Superstate was denied. The week when Europe split into those federalists who lost the debate for unconditional Unity of Europe and those who hear citizens protests demanding protection for their traditional identity and culture over a half baked notion to Europeanise 27 distinct countries.
The Brussels commissioner performed a chameleon act to placate steam rolling populist calls to degrade the European Union. Barroso calls for a Federation of Nation States, not a Superstate. Who will follow these people often labelled as arrogant, inward thinking and who ignored warning signals for so long.

The break-up has begun. Europe is to develop organically as it has always done and will be. Observers do not believe Barroso and other Federalists have abandoned their goal for Superstate. They wait for better times and for the people to come to their senses. Brussels for now is a capital for a “Tribe of Dreams.”
EU's Barroso declares  European Superstate a bankrupt ambition.  It's all or nothing in the Euro rescue.
 New mechanisms are created to fight financial markets and support the periphery. Image Brussels 2012.

The commission president stated in a State of the Union address, “Today I call for a federation of nation states. Not a superstate. …...A decisive deal for Europeto project our values, our freedom and our prosperity into the future of a globalist world. This decisive deal would maintain the integrity of the Union and show the irreversibility of the Euro. A deal that requires the completion of a deep and genuine economic union, based on a political union.”

"We must use the 2014 election to mobilise all pro-European forces. We must not allow the populists and the nationalists to set a negative agenda. We need no more walls dividing us! We will start from the principle that deeper integration will not be just for some. No one will be forced to come along. And no one will be forced to stay out.”
It is precisely this style of contradictory language which fed the chambers of Euroskeptics blasting the argument for more Europeanisation. In other words this speech is just another rant for the ”Tribe of Dreams” towards a direction not all wish to take.
Whatever secret deals are done behind closed doors in Luxembourg and Brussels, the game is still the same. Brussels hopes for a return to Art of Superstate while nations states work to rescue the Euro and build a Confederate Nations of Europe. Brussels is saying anything to be heard. And the response. More skepticism. 

9 Sep 2012

EU Crisis: The Euro Gale Surges Higher and Higher



The Euro situation in Europe is firmly political, with roots in the reunification of Germany in 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is claimed France insisted on currency union (Euro) for its approval to that event and that everyone, including France, knew they were putting the cart before the horse. This trade off is still denied in certain German political circles.
Today's Europe questions the doctrine of closer political and currency union in the face of skepticism to Brussels’s dictatorial approaches to sell them a Superstate. Citizens see social- political changes happening organically for Europe's sovereign nations since the end of the Cold War. Brussels's has lost the use of war paranoia to further the Federalist cause.
Insults gather pace. The centre cannot hold but Brussels says it will
convince the people a United Federalist Europe is the best way forward.
Reality is different as citizens look to protect what they have
and what they know. The media reacts in Berlin and Athens Aug 2012.
It only takes a child to cry “the Emperor has no clothes” for people to join and applaud the obvious. The long held EU dogma, Europe's destiny lies in political and currency union, is no longer sacrament amongst nation states. Across the continent intellectuals are preparing for a redefined European Union where old taboos about loyalty to the project are questioned and redrawn.
Was France right to put the cart before the horse in 1989 knowing we would reach this discussion point eventually over currency and political union. Was this just luck or far sighted good judgement by François Mitterrand . In other words, was the Euro and the Euro zone just a tool to create a stable democratic Germany.
How hard will Chancellor Angela Merkel's calls for closer European Unity, which Helmut Kohl had proposed back in 1989, fall on the ears of today's France given that Germany is no longer a military threat and one of Europe's strongest democracies. What can Chancellor Merkel gain by such calls over universal doubts (including German) to such moves. Does she provoke a clear rejection by the nation states so the Euro can be put to sleep and a new phase in Europe's journey be awakened.
The Circus is in town, 2012
Politicians are increasingly dividing over Europe's direction. Former EU commissioner and technocrat leader of Italy Mario Monti declared "There are many manifestations of populism that are aimed at disunity in nearly all the member states." While Spain's former premier Jose Maria Aznar believes “It is a very serious mistake to try to destroy the nation states. You cannot go against the cultural beliefs of the people and the forces of history. A United States of Europe is an impossible idea." 
What is certain is the EU is no longer the golden dream of Europe's citizens. Nationalism is back in favour and any future federation clearly uncertain. The Brussels Bubble is now perceived by millions as a Brussels Circus.