In the course of human events there comes moments in time when everything changes. In 1775, a minor skirmish in a backwater town of a remote colony, started a chain of events that would lead to a fundamental change in how nations were governed. A few years later and a continent away, events in Paris would irrevocably leave its mark as well. After another century and a half the assassination of a second tier blue blood by a third rate revolutionary resulted in a permanent redrawing of national boundaries and the collapse of empires. Now, across Europe a new revolution of sorts is happening. While not necessarily measuring up to the shots at Lexington, the storming of the Bastille or the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the results of the latest elections could be a sign of a major shift in Europe.
Similarly to the way the bailouts mobilized citizenry on both the left and the right in the United States, the measures taken by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Parliament have created a backlash across the continent. For Northern Europe, the result has been an explosion of nationalistic and patriotic fervor and a rejection of Eurocentrism. In the South, the revolt has taken a more Marxian turn. The elitist serving in Brussels that dragged Europeans into a cesspool of instability and trampled on their national identities are being run out of office in mass. It seems for many Europeans, giving up their heritage, history and national soul may be too high a price to pay for a union of dubious benefit.
In Great Britain the rise of UKIP, the British Tea Party, has taken the country by storm. The Eurocentric Liberal Democrats on the other hand seem to facing near extinction. In what the FN party leader Marine le Pen called “the first step in a long march” to the “recovery of our identity,” the French voters showed their dissatisfaction with the main parties and their blind allegiance to Brussels by pouring out support for the French Nationalist. In Greece and Italy, anti EU reactionism has meant a sharp turn to the left as anger over bailouts continue to simmer. It seems the people of Europe are tired of the imposed incompetence by the European Parliament and the thuggish ECB.
The dream of creating a United States of Europe is crumbling before the eyes of the dreamers who envisioned it. Despite billions of Euros and a series of desperate measures, the EU is no more closer to solvency than it was six years ago. Last year one of the heads of the Deutsche Bank said only Jesus could save the Eurozone, that might be true but instead of fiery death envisioned by Bilal Hafeez a much colder fate might await it. The dagger presently aimed at the heart of the “Brussels Monster” is in vengeful hands of the political opposition. If parties like the FN, UKIP and others are able to create a powerful enough coalition the demise of the EU, at least how it is presently configured, could come quicker than most have anticipated.
As the French rediscover their nationalistic fervor and stodgy Brits regain a sense of pride nearly lost, other so called Eurosceptic parties are likely to gain followings as well. Baring an economic miracle, the rise of anti-EU sentiment is only going to grow. Even if the voices of those opposed to the EU can’t gain a majority in this Parliament, they soon will. Caught in a vise of anti Union sentiment from both the left and the right, prayer might be the only option left for the bankers and politicians trying to save the dream of a united Europe.
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