Rather than protect Europeans, the EU itself has become the greatest threat to our continent
Such a defiant stance could be seen as supreme confidence in the European project. British calls for change are dismissed out of hand because nothing is allowed to challenge the drive towards “ever closer union.” In the dogmatic mindset of the EU’s ruling elite, the ultimate triumph of the federal superstate is an inevitability.
The EU lacks any kind of democratic legitimacy, which means that the end could come sooner than the politicians imagine. After all, the apartheid regime in South Africa collapsed with dramatic suddenness in the early 1990s, as did the Communist governments of Russia and eastern Europe in the late 1980s.
But the EU cannot resolve this relentless economic crisis because it is a part of the problem. The single currency was never a really an economic initiative. On the contrary, it was a political instrument to further the federalist agenda. Forcing together economies as disparate as Germany and Greece was always doomed to result in debt and paralysis.
So far the political consequences of this economic catastrophe have largely been limited to Italy and Greece, where anger at the terms of the EU bailouts has led to upheaval and extremism. And the Greek Government is about to plunged into another crisis as the radical Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras grapples with daunting task of trying to reform the country’s unaffordable pensions system.
But the political fallout from the eurozone could soon extend far more widely, ratcheting up the scope for conflict. Following elections in October, Portugal is now governed by a Socialist minority Government that is propped up by the Left Bloc, a movement that urges mass civil disobedience against austerity, and the Portuguese Communist Party, which takes a traditionally Marxist, anti-capitalist line. Spain is heading in the same direction after the recent General Election.
The impending clash on economic policy will be compounded by the continuing migration disaster, which is threatening to tear apart the social fabric of Europe. Instead of defending European civilisation, the EU has been a vehicle for destruction of our heritage and identity through its obsession with open borders and cultural diversity. Just before Christmas, it was reported that more than one million migrants have reached Europe through irregular means in 2015, nearly all of them from across the eastern Mediterranean. Already unsustainable, that influx will continue to grow during 2016. Having sneered at patriotism, derided the concept of national sovereignty and made a fetish of free movement, the EU can do nothing to turn the tide.
Should the worst happen, all the rhetoric from the EU about peace and unity will sound offensively hollow. It is easy to imagine how mass rallies for the victims of terrorism could turn into demonstrations against Brussels, with the Eurocrats left as bewildered and frightened as Nicolae Ceausescu was when confronted with a hostile crowd in Bucharest in 1989, shortly before the collapse of his regime.
Carnage on the streets could be the ultimate symbol of their failure, and the catalyst for their downfall.