The EU: chains and curtain
We often hear that the EU is repeating the mistakes of the Soviet Union: extreme bureaucratization of officials, impossibility to make decisions on urgent issues quickly, and domination of ideological installations over nations’ cultures and traditions. All of these trends can bring not only a deeper crisis, but also the dissolution of the over-state structures. One of the dangerous symptoms is the confrontational policy toward Russia, which can affect both official and unofficial bilateral ties.
In fact, the EU is creating the new “Berlin Wall”, curtain placed from the Baltic to the Black Sea, but at the same time the NATO bloc militarizes Eastern European countries. It is a paradox, but the ordinary people’s opinion plays no role in making decisions. On the other hand, geopolitical logic is violated too; everything is done now in favor of external player.
The European commission has practically usurped the rights and the freedoms of European citizens, imposing its own political decisions. These actions are often agreed with the non-European center of the global power, the United States of America. If, during the other European countries occupation by Nazi Germany, those, who were cooperating with the occupation authorities, were called collaborationists, how can we call those who are working against the interests of their sovereign state, but for the transnational group and Washington projects?
Ideological Concentration Camp
The modern liberal strategy aims at the discreditation of any political idea that does not fit within the framework of liberalism. If one or another movement is impossible to be co-opted into its structure, for example, the social-democrats, they will be called totalitarianism adherents. If it is impossible to make national-conservative parties, even populist ones, follow them, they will call them fascist and racist.
However, if any movement or party is not left or right, but criticizes liberalism, they will start to criticize it too and (if it is necessary) punish it.
The only one acceptable possibility for the EU is multiculturalism, which, according to the European leaders themselves, has failed.
A Geopolitical Bind
The fight with political opponents is parallel to the attempts to strengthen the formal connection between the USA and the EU. This project is named Euro-Atlanticism.
The Euro-Atlanticism concept appeared in Italy in 1957. Its authors are considered to be the president Giovanni Gronchi, the leader of Christian-democratic party Amintore Fanfani, and the ENI president Enrico Mattei. Although previously the idea had a limited character, since that moment the concept of Euro-Atlanticism has changed considerably - not in Europe’s favor. In 1990, the Transatlantic Declaration was signed and established the consultation regime between the EU Council President, the head of the European Commission, and the US President once per two years.
The activation of Euro-Atlanticism started in February 2005 when the Convention between the USA and Europe was signed. Philip Gordon (Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs since 2009, one of the leading expert of the Brookings Institution, having worked at the National Security Council on global terrorism issue in Middle East) and Charles Grant (the head of Centre for European Reform) of the International Herald Tribune took part in the convention’s creation.
On March 26th, 2010, Brussels heard the famous speech of the head of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on New Atlanticism for the 21st century. He noted that the EU is satisfied with the development of cooperation with the USA, but “in a world of new threats and new challenges, and with a more balanced global distribution of power, we need a more dynamic partnership between the two sides of the Atlantic.”
He offered six ways of joint actions between the USA and the EU:
By re-invigorating the Euro-American economic and political relationship;
By making the EU-US relationship more outward-looking, and making a conscious effort to engage more with third parties - including emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil;
By combining our efforts to reform the architecture of international co-operation;
By working together to mitigate climate change whilst achieving greater energy security;
By joining efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goals;
By creating a common transatlantic area of security.
Though some of these ideas seem more like formal phrases, the first and the second points are in the state of implementation. It happens through the promotion of the Transatlantic partnership on trade and investment, as well as the signing of agreements on cooperation and criminal data exchanges. Moreover, it seems that the EU is coping with the punitive means used in the USA toward its citizens.
The logical end of this process is not only the creation of the police-bureaucratic machine under Washington’s control, but also the re-establishment of the death penalty, which is used in the US now. And this is the not the only one further consequence that the European states can face. We should seriously take into account the Atlantization process in the European space and consider all worst scenarios. Of course, it would affect all the other regions, as the EU would lose any legitimacy and confidence as a union of democratic states.