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Tomasz Wróblewski

Europe after Europe

2016-02-01

Has fife, two, or even half a year ago anyone thought that the Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls would declare in public that “the European project may suddenly and quickly die”? Or, that the Head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz would say “collapse is a quite real scenario”? Or, that the concept of ballot about British membership in EU, and Finish membership in the Euro Zone would be referred to as political realism? And no one will even comment on the interview for British press with Le Pan, where the leader of French nationalists compare Brussels to the Berlin Wall, and says that Brexit would be for Europe the same what the fall of the Soviet Union was for Central-Europe. 

As far as a year ago, anyone who predicted EU to end was quickly labelled as a lunatic, or a scandalmonger. Today, a week cannot pass without prominent European politician threatening this will happen. What is even more interesting, questioning the leading role of the European Commission has ceased to be perceived as Euro-defeatism. 

In the contrary, there are more and more politicians who not only threat but also give reasons why stronger independence and diversification can save Europe from divisions, weakening its economic structures and disintegration of its defence capacity. Not seeing any chances for  amicable reforming of EU, David Cameron – commented in Brussels – uses the strongest weapon of  his - referendum. Some see it as a blackmail, for British it is an act of despair, a call in desert to the Euro-elites who have pushed Europe into a series of the most serious crises since the end of the Cold War, and do not stop with further destruction.

Eight years of unceasing crises have deprived majority of Europeans of their delusions. The unstopping saga of crises – the bank crisis, crisis of solvency of states, Greek failure, Irish collapse, Icelandic flight from EU, and the current one, the most important of them – hecatomb of refugees, created by senseless benignity of Euro-elites. 

Two millions of refugees a year, with estimations for another 2 millions this year – 1 percent of the whole EU population destroying thousands of years of values, laws and well-being of the Western civilisation. This cannot be a coincident. Integration in its present, political shape doesn't work any more. What's more, keeping delusions about the omnipotence of EU, about it operating similarly to US, only decrease our alertness and is a real danger for European safety.

“Today, we must say clearly that something did go wrong, that we do not control the migration processes in Europe, and that their scale provokes political and social destabilisation, and may become a shock for the Schengen Zone, and cause tangible, economic problems for the whole EU.” - says Konrad Szymański, the Minister of European Integration. Political equilibrium created after the II World War is the highest value. The problem is rather in the tools which do not guarantee neither economic growth, nor internal, or external safety. None of what Brussels declares. Widely understood safety is constantly present not only in the statements of Minister Waszczykowski, President Duda, or Jarosław Kaczyński, but also of David Cameron, leaders of Czech Republic, Italy and Greece. And none of them wishes destabilisation of EU.

Quite the contrary, it is an attempt of saving the Union. Of recreating strong, national frames giving stable base for its defence. It is return to the realism of Thomas Hobbes, who had almost 400 years ago written in his “Leviathan” that a country which wants to save its lands against violence should demonstrate higher force than all of its external enemies. European experiment do not endure this trial. The European organism is not able to defend its borders, or well-being of its citizens. And it doesn't mean that EU will not last without European Commission. It lasted without it for 2000 years. The question is will everyone survive? If today we honour Jarosław Kaczyński with “the Man of the Year” price, it is not only to appreciate his electoral success, but also to express our hope for creating those strong frames of Poland in future Europe. 

 

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