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Skeptic on a euro-skeptic future
by Thanos Kalamidas
2014-01-11 12:52:39
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The fact that the country that nearly sank euro and still endangers the eurozone takes over the EU presidency might look as a sign of the euro-recovery but there are more serious issues at risk than just the survival of the currency. The Greek presidency marks the longest and the most crucial electoral campaign in the history of the European Parliament.

Between 22 and 25 May 2014 the citizens of the 28 member states in the eighth Europe-wide election to the European Parliament since the first direct elections in 1979, will vote for the future of the Union literally. The dividing lines between sides in Europe, especially after the euro-crisis have become visual to everybody and there will be possibilities that terrify the European leadership and bureaucracy.

There is Merkel with the conservatives, the Christian-democrats and some social-democrats and her European economic dominance; there is the left, the Greens and the socialists who want a new Europe away from bankers and industrialists’ interests but dedicated to her people and her fundamentals and there are the euro-sceptics and this is where problems start.

The euro-sceptics represent everything anti-European. From their negativity to the common currency and common policy to the free move between the member states; from the tolerance between the states and their differences to their social policies. Actually most of them are crypto-fascist, racist and neo-Nazi parties veiled with their euro-sceptic mask. And these parties are on the rise this moment in Europe.

From the British UKIP to the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Down and from Marianne Le Pen’s Front National to the Dutch Freedom Party and the Finnish True Finns, the reality is very dark, so dark it looks black. And all of them are on the rise. 28 member states 33 parties, all the same ideas all the same practices.

Now, what Europeans will voter for those parties? The reasons are many but there are three main at least for me.

First it is the fact that the European Union never persuaded its citizens of the seriousness of the euro-elections. For most Europeans euro-elections hold no influence in their lives or the European Union’s life. They are there to run a lazy and expensive bureaucracy with no decision making power. Doesn’t matter what they say, Merkel decides in the end.

Then the euro members of the parliament and the commissars are usually failed politicians who their party want to get rid in a nice way because they are valuable but the same time useless. Take Barroso for example, the European President. His bio in Portuguese politics is and endless list of failures. In Portugal he’s considered the essence of political failure. And this man is leading this moment theoretically at least the Union.

Second is that the euro-crisis unveiled that equality between partners and solidarity exists only in papers. In true some partners are more equal than others are and when it comes to solidarity, this died in somewhere in the Greek, the Cypriot and the Spanish boarders. Usurious loans and inhuman guarantees killed any sense of solidarity especially when the partners made unbelievable profits form the “equal” partners’ states in trouble.

And in the end the banks returned to profits, loans returned with unacceptable interests, the industrialists continued profiting and Germany established her colonization to the south and east Europe with nobody reacting all in the name of the unity, the common good, the European ideals and the German economic blackmails. The only problem with this plan was that the people paid, sacrificed, suffer with no return. The banks returned to profits and the unemployment in Greece reached 30% while nearly 60% of the Greek youth is not just jobless but has no hope to find a job.

Third, the only ones who made loud their opposition to all that were the euro-sceptics. Actually this is where socialists, the greens and the left failed. Despite their opposition to Merkel’s plans they followed the road of low profile opposition avoiding conflagrations since in many countries these parties were in coalition with the conservatives and the Christian democrats.

So the euro-sceptics found the right field to unfold their populism. Except saying no to everything they have no plan, no suggestions, no solutions. But for the people at least they say no. they don’t say no to Merkel’s Europe, they don’t say no to the thousands who losing their jobs, to the thousands of homeless or living in poverty but who cares? After all the euro-elections are not so serious so let’s vote for them and that might pass the message to the European leadership that we are not happy with them.

Now imagine a Euro-parliament where euro-sceptics rule. A euro-parliament which will be called to legislate for the Europeans for the next four years. Critical years that supposed to lead to the European closure where there will be common financial, defence and foreign policy for all the 28 member states.

And every second counts till the 22 and 25 May 2014. And trying to use the Greek presidency and the Greek theoretical recovery as a campaign trick doesn’t sound as a very good idea. If they don’t want to have a euro-sceptic euro-parliament.

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Emanuel Paparella2014-01-12 00:25:22
This insightful analysis reinforces my suspicions that indeed the center does not hold and that the lack of vision and democratic deficit are indeed the Achilles' heel of the EU.

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