Yet time and time again we see evidence that proves the contrary...
Eurosceptics were right – the EU wants to be an empire
It isn’t paranoia to be worried about the expansion of EU power.
16th November 2018
Time and time again we are told that the EU has not the remotest intentions of establishing an army, that this is just Little Englander fantasy, and that to speak of the EU as an emergent, undemocratic empire is paranoid xenophobia.
Yet time and time again we see evidence that proves the contrary. On Tuesday, German chancellor Angela Merkel said: ‘A common European army would show the world that there will never be war between the European nations.’
On Twitter, Guy Verhofstadt says: ‘I am very pleased that both #Merkel and Macron are now fully behind a European army. We fought for this for many years. In the world of tomorrow, we have to take our destiny into our own hands!’
Likewise, Brexiteers’ concern that pro-EU elements want to turn the EU into a modern-day empire to rival Rome, a concern that is similarly and habitually dismissed with a wave of the hand and snorts of derision, has also this week been confirmed by European politicians themselves.
Speaking to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, the French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said: ‘Europe needs to become a kind of empire like China and the USA… technological power, economic, financial, monetary, cultural power will be decisive. Europe can no longer afford to shrink from exercising its power and being an empire of peace.’
Swivel-eyed, anti-EU conspiracy theorists – as they are snootily dismissed – have been pointing out that the EU has been headed in this direction ever since the Maastricht Treaty of 1992. What with the end of the Cold War, the EU lost its main raison d’etre: to cement solidarity among the countries of Western Europe in the face of threat from the Eastern Bloc. In this vacuum, the creation of a united Europe has become the new guiding ideology. And ideologists will not change their mind, and will always crack down on those who question their convictions.
You don’t have to just recall the EU’s appalling humiliation of Greece or its recent demand that the government of Italy rein back on fiscal excesses (or what used to be called Keynesian economics) to appreciate that it has become an empire. The centre (in this case Brussels and Berlin) bullying the periphery is always the hallmark of an imperium.
But an even more definitive sign of an imperial system is the centre determined to punish most severely any territory that seeks to secede from the empire. This is why the Romans crushed the seditious Dacians, why Britain reacted with military force to the rebellion in Ireland, why the USSR sent troops into Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
And it is for this reason that the intransigent EU has spent the past two-and-a-half years subjecting the UK to threats and insults, and why its policy of throwing its weight around finally triumphed on Wednesday night against a gutless British government – with Theresa May playing the role of a modern-day Neville Chamberlain.
The EU empire is terrified of losing any of its territory, lest it start a domino effect, which is why it desires institutions such as a single army, or greater fiscal integration, which will make secession ever-more difficult.
This is why the EU didn’t just let the UK walk free before effectively ensaring it in such institutions. It will always seek to rein in more power to the centre, to make sure it never goes the way of the Roman Empire. And the more the periphery threatens to dissent, the more the centre will crack down on dissenters.
Remainers Wake, by James Rejoyce!
riverrun through I can’t Adam and Eve it how Brexiteeers swerve and are so sure and bend and bray, having brought us by commodius recrimination over the shorter sea out of Europa Minor. Schmuck in the past Pret a Mangy – tout for my placard (baba!baba! Barnier! Barnier!).
We the indignant multitude, they the ignorant maltitude. Prolapisitarian scum in Daily Wail Woeman’s Land. Wankyrous, foibleminded, stinksome pederestrians: sobs for their jobs, horror for their squalor. Little Englanders, half a league, half a league wrongwards.
Absintheminded, alcoherent Farage on his Gullible’s travels. Prime Monster May M’Aidez now ruing her regrettitude. What’s the story, same old Tories? Gael Warning! Northern Ire – Caed Mealy Faulty.
Aujord woe says shuddersome Brussels. EU: bulwark against Crankydoodledandy in North Armorica.
Whataboutourchildrenandourchildrenschildren? My precious placards. My precious, my precious. f*ckf*ckf*ckthem
Wait! Wait! Waitrose! We Remain. We Remoan. A Deal yet no Deal. We few – we happy few. A people’s vote? Phew! Phew?