Federal Europe is dead and gone it’s with Monet and Schuman in the grave. Citizens have lost faith in any lure for a federal Europe. The Brussels mandarins have failed to hold the thin line of confidence while bureaucrats in France and Germany acknowledge it is useless to try and rescue the Euro as it stands. No more good money after bad. Across Europe today, citizens are pointing their thumbs downward to the idea of any vote for more Europe.
We are looking at the strengthening of the Confederate Nations of Europe at the expense of ideologist Federalism. In reality this is the creation of a two or three speed Europe. A mix of platforms from which there can be national debate, ambition and motivation to join or not to join other groups. Where decisions are made from tangible examples rather than from the fear and necessity being currently proposed by rattled Federalists.
|2011 ends the Federalists Dream; Enter a new Confederate Nations of Europe|
History will debate who lost the Federalists dream. The Brussels Bubble will no doubt be accused with an exaggerated truth about incompetence. Debate is often unclear and unkind. There will be some who will see this historic year 2011 as the product of a combination of growing citizen power to challenge the top down elitists and others the decision by China, Russian and Iran to stop US and EU capitalism from stepping further beyond its borders. The financial crisis will in some fashion bear major guilt.
But for me, Federal Europe failed to materialise for the reason citizens just didn’t trust it. It was the terminal Federalist weakness that citizens recognised, that some ideology does not always deliver what it says it will and sometimes, it is best to let it fade away.
Confederate Europe embraces sovereign national spirit which forged the diversity of European nations. Maybe in this new alliance will strength return and allow Europe to play its full part in the emerging global game and where the stronger vanguard core can help the weak to become stronger.