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PostA Weakened EU? Bravo (Nigel Jones, UK, 02/11/19 12:45 pm)
Phyllis Gardner (11 February) wonders whether the multiple current existential crises of the EU means that the organisation will be "severely weakened in the future."
To which my answer would be: We live in hope.
It must be apparent now to even the most purblind and fanatical follower of the so-called "European project" that it has gone horribly (and for itself fatally) wrong.
Leaving Brexit aside, the evidence is clear: Southern Europe beggared by the Euro, with catastrophically high youth unemployment. Eastern Europe resisting mass Muslim migration. Populist parties everywhere on the rise, and likely to make sweeping gains in May's European Parliamentary elections.
The fundamental mistake made by the EU's founding fathers was to convert sensible economic co-operation into an unattainable ideological aim of enforcing political unity on diverse states with nothing in common. To do so, they erected a vast and corrupt bureaucratic edifice resembling nothing so much (as Gorbachev pointed out) the old USSR. And we all know how that ended.
Britain has been the first nation to recognise the disaster for what it is and attempt to escape. It will not be the last.
JE comments: March 29th is Brexit Day, but might the bigger existential threat to the EU be the Franco-Italian spat? The former event, on the Rumsfeld Scale, is a known unknown, but the Rome-Paris schism is both unknown and unknown.
My friend Nigel Jones has predicted the EU's demise for nearly as long as I've sat in the editor's chair. Nigel is enjoying the spectacle, but what about the world economy? Markets hate nothing more than uncertainty, and 2019 promises a lot of it. And economic upheaval can drag politics along for the ride.
What is Brussels doing to prepare for, or perhaps forestall, a total meltdown?