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  1. Missy

     /  August 13, 2017

    There is an interesting opinion piece in the Telegraph tonight written by an Estonian Law Professor & MP, and former member of the last Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

    He writes about the impending demise of the EU, talking about it in the frame of what it is – an Empire. The headline is: Out of Ideas and desperate to suppress dissent, the EU’s days are numbered

    It is behind the paywall unfortunately, but here are a few of the highlights.

    “More interesting than when history repeats itself are the trends that do not. Consider the lot of two particular struggling empires. Rome’s collapse was preceded by intellectual degradation. Russia’s, on the contrary, saw it reach one of her intellectual peaks just before the tragedies of her fall. Remember the likes of Yesenin, “Vekhi“, Rachmaninoff, and Malevich. Given the accompanying cultural masterpiece of the European Union is the Eurovision Song Contest, we might well ask whether the EU (or rather, the European Commission) will collapse in gradual fits or in a single blast.

    Intellectually, politically, economically and legally, the process will be challenging. The natural and democratic tendency of EU member states to loosen their EU ties is resisted by its professional nomenclature – and particularly the staff of the European Commission, whose livelihoods are solely dependent upon its existence. Thus even referenda on “exits“ might be effectively out of the question: the Commission has more than enough inertial power to prevent civic movements manifesting themselves or making themselves heard.

    Like other declining empires, the EU finds itself suppressing internal opposition.”


    “All progressive changes in the EU – whether Brexit, the two emergences of the True Finns, the development of various “pirate-movements“, the strengthening of sovereign identity in Hungary, the Czech Republic and so forth – have taken place in a relatively undramatic ways and through the routine course of civic democracy. So there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the further decay will continue the same way.

    The raison d’être of the EU made sense some half-a-century ago, but does not exist anymore. Keeping the peace on the Continent failed in Ukraine, Georgia, the Balkans, Trans-Caucasus; and massive terrorism is a war de facto. ”

    “Meanwhile the system itself discriminates against corrective free speech. Political correctness, and the EU generically labelling critical democratic forces as “extremist“, “far Right“ (or “far Left“), both lead to self-alienation through their nomenclature. Ministers who meanwhile stand up for sovereign rights and democratic concerns against the centre are subject to abuse and attack.

    Finally, the ideological constraints on the use of police forces (a wariness to act against truly extremist circles at the risk of being labelled “racist,“ or the refusal to prosecute illegal economic migrants as simply illegals) has become an additional risk element.”

    “The EU represents a mentality of mediocracy that has fed institutional idleness.

    As there are no leaders in the EU there are no followers either. EU leaders do not lead but merely participate. And so it remains to us – the ordinary people – to wait and watch how a once-challenging idea will fade away.”

    “Against this intellectual void comes the prospect of online cooperation. The socio-political development of Europe will be determined via new media by self-created and self-established civic movements. The future, then, does not belong to the political parties but to the chat-rooms.”

    “Brexit is then not a special case, but just an event in the EU’s decline. We previously saw the “Arab Spring”, and one day we will look back at the “Autumn of Europe”.”

  2. Blazer

     /  August 13, 2017

    Interesting and no doubt big changes will come.The continent is not suited to isolationist policies, which with the immigration issues and Brexit seems to be the sentiment du jour.

    • Missy

       /  August 13, 2017

      The EU will fall eventually, it is a matter of when not if, the divisions are to great for it to survive.

      Brexit is not about isolationism, it is lazy to suggest it is. With regards to the immigration, again you are showing some ignorance by suggesting that they are leading to isolationist policies. You obviously have no understanding of Europe or of isolationism.

      • Blazer

         /  August 13, 2017

        I think I know what a selfish,fortress mentality is, as described by Brexit voters and anti immigration activists who do not favour free movement in the Euro zone.This is ‘lazy’…’ it is a matter of when not if, the divisions are to great for it to survive.’…sweeping statement with nothing to substantiate the premise.Good morning.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  August 13, 2017

    Ahhh…. “White Nationalism” (snorts loudly while making huuuge air quotes)

    “They” will never make it off the internet and into the streets in New Zealand.
    Unit 88 anyone? They lasted about 5 minutes in West Auckland before being dealt to by Black Power and others.