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Tomasz Wróblewski

And what if Angela Merkel knows what she's doing?


Jacques Chirac wasn't the Father-Founder of the European Union, he was however the author of the theory saying that subsequent European crises caused by the Union will be triggers to its stronger integration. 

Disputes about agriculture subsidies gave us joint countryside subvention system; the bank loans crisis – the Bank Union; global warming – the energy-climate package; the Greek crisis – right to interfere with the states' finances. And the biggest social crisis of modern times will give us something that either agriculture policy, either common currency, either common president, or dozens of other entities that were supposed to unite us into one European melting pot, couldn't give.

The stake is more than relocating 160 thousand refugees. It may be an important step towards a Union of diversity. Union of different societies, traditions, experiences, colours and religion mingled into 28 less and less national countries.

Experiences of Greece, Great Britain, and now also of those countries, who close their borders for immigrants (Denmark, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania) make Angela Merkel and her eurocrats realize existence of a force, which couldn't be so far handled by integration and the paneuropean concept. It is a force of nationality. Even within internally divided countries, when a crisis occurs, those “tribe-like”, or nationalistic, sentiments wins over European solidarity.

During last few years, eurocrats have, more or less efficiently, manipulated national sentiments. The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Junker, has lately stood in front of the cameras and, in his speech “About the condition of EU”, he has played on our guilt for 20 million compatriots scattered around the world. Not a word about the reasons of African exodus, about the responsibility for the French bombing of Libya and Syria, about non-consulted invitation of refugees from Gabon to Burma, by Merkel, or about many years of alimentary products customs which wrecked Africa.

Prime Minister Kopacz talks about the test on decency, but nothing about the duty of the government and the coherent immigration policy. This moral blackmailing is powered by the left-side media explaining all of our doubts by “the racist nature of Poles”.

Guilt is a powerful tool. The thing is that it works both ways and can backfire easily. Germany, where another generation grows up feeling guilty, faces numbers of neo-fascist organizations. The country who, because of feeling guilty, hosts the biggest number of refugees, have the highest number of refugees' houses being burnt down.

The closer EU comes to ultimate integration and incapacitation of national governments, the bigger resistance it encounters. Provided the present state of minds, the odds for this operation to succeed are rather low.

Could this be changed by “enriching” Hungary, Czech Republic, or Poland with thousands, or even dozen thousands of immigrants? Narrow national-interests thinking would be influenced by pressure of different interests, historical experiences and goals of many minorities. Internal  tensions, crises and  cultural contradictions would create demand for new political force. A force stronger than traditional, national governments. The gurgling melting pot of all nations could finally become a society, which would grow up to, or be force to come into terms with the great idea of common government.

There is nothing wrong in multicultural, multiracial and multinational societies. Some of them operate now, and operated in the past just fine. The crucial thing is the conscious process and values, which gather all of the participants in one state. Doesn't matter if it is freedom of unlimited richness like in the United States, or British individualism, or Indian spiritual community. As long, as it comes out of the inner need, it serves everybody. However, permanent joining of nations for the rulers' comfort have never worked in the history of humankind. We thought that the Soviet Union was the last tragic proof of it. 

Polish version is available in WPROST

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