After decades of misguided economic policies, bureaucratic overreach, and unfettered immigration, the European Union is on the ropes. While the leaders of the EU do their best to keep the union together, everything we’ve seen since the global financial crisis of 2008, suggests that doing so is a fool’s errand. Now it seems these leaders are beginning to realize the truth, albeit for the wrong reasons.
Martin Schulz, the President of the European Union Parliament, told the Die Welt newspaper that “The European Union is in danger. No one can say whether the EU will still exist in this form in 10 years,” before adding that there were “forces at work to drive us apart.” He believes there will be terrible consequences if this ever comes to pass, and said that the alternative to the European megastate would be a “Europe of nationalism, a Europe of borders and walls.” This he believes would take Europe back to its past, which was rife with endemic warfare (though he ignores the fact that Western culture grew to be the most influential in the world during this period).
He is correct, in that there is a resurgence of nationalism that threatens the European Union, but that is merely a symptom of the EU’s failed economic practices and open borders policies, which are crippling the cultural heritage of Europe. Even though this political union has completely failed to protect its citizens and maintain their standard of living, Schulz, like a typical politician, used fear to scare the people into supporting the EU.
“The retreat of many governments into nation-based thinking is fatal,” he said before adding “no country alone can handle challenges such as migration, climate change, terrorism, trade and international crime. We can only do it together, as the EU.”
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