10 reasons why the European Union is doomed to decline (part 2)

2017-09-08 「 6194 words / 12 minute 」
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5.Economic Stagnation
Hey kids of Europe, remember how for the last 15 years you've been out of work? Guess what! You're still screwed.
If you have a degree, your chances of finding work have gotten worse in the last 15 years. We were shoveled into degrees we didn't care about to learn skills that weren't needed and to massage unemployment figures that didn't represent reality. No wonder the Greeks are revolting.
Not like that, you racist. We mean that 67 percent of young people are willing to overthrow the government in Greece. That kind of revolting.
4.Islamic Terrorism And The Far Right
It's not nice to confront this issue. The refusal of Liberals to engage with The Religion of Peace's European Tour contributed to this whole Marine Le Pen problem. France is a pretty good example. In the French Presidential Elections, we have a centrist Tony Blair clone in Macron who doesn't seem to stand for anything in particular and would like to simply move migrants off his land. He's going up against a Le Pen. Marine's father, Jean-Marie, was quite the nutter by all accounts, and while Marine has remodeled and reconditioned her party she remains a nationalist—not traditionally a popular position in France.
Under normal circumstances, we would expect to see a decent showing in the French elections by the socialists. These are not normal circumstances. Hamon and Melenchon were drubbed because their base, traditionally the working classes, has swung away to the right after more than 200 deaths at the hands of Islamic terrorists in two years. In these times, failure to address the problem of Islamic terrorism in Europe hands the initiative to the politicians who understand the public mood: The Far Right. There now is a decent chance that Le Pen will take the presidency, and the left only has themselves to blame. As more terrorism occurs, the political winds will blow all the stronger in favor of Populist Nationalism.
3.The Currency Is A Dead Weight And The Union Is The Sick Man Of The Global Economy
A few years back, when Greece flipped the tables and went into complete meltdown, the new government was elected on a mandate of sticking it to the European Central Bank. They failed utterly, were brought to heel, and lumbered with such an insurmountable debt it looks like even now, seven years later, that the only way Greece will be in the black is if the entire Union collapses.
Fortunately for fans of apocalyptic doomsday scenarios, that might just happen. The Euro itself, spread over so many different economies and yet intrinsically linked has led to a bizarre shackling of both strong and weak nations. Tied together by an artificial monetary standard, Germany is in the same leaky boat as Greece, Portugal, and Ireland. Meanwhile, the Tiger Economies of the Far East leave Europe choking on red tape, far behind and off the pace.
2.The Mission Of The EU Has Been Completed
The entire point of the European Union (and the various trading agreements that preceded it) was to see if there was some manner in which the French and the Germans could be persuaded to stop killing each other for a while. It was a roaring success. In the grand scheme of things, the Nobel Prize for Peace might be a small reward. The Gauls and the Germans have been successfully murdering and pillaging since before the time of Jesus, if Julius Caesar is to be believed.
We also mustn't forget that for the latter half of the 20th century, the French and Germans had to get along or else the Commies in Moscow would just ruin everything and no one would have any iPads today. So that's good.
Nowadays there are no enemy at the gates in the form of an enemy state, and the lack of competition between these two European powerhouses has been to the detriment of both. Surely we can avoid another Franco-Prussian armed conflict without the EU.
1.The EU Is Anti-Democratic
Many European countries are relative newcomers to this whole democracy thing. As the empires of Europe ebbed and flowed through the 19th century, jolly old Britain was off making a bloody mess of half the planet. What this means for Europe though is that it is only since the fall of the Third Reich and other Fascist regimes at the end of World War II that much of Western Europe got into modern democratic systems. Of course, the Eastern Bloc has even less experience with barely one-quarter of a century passing since the demise of the USSR.
Germany, and to a lesser extent France, make up the de facto leadership of the EU. Owing to the history of the last century, it is an uncomfortable position to be in. The Teutonic efficiency yearns to be let loose to tidy up those slacker, sunshine-drenched neighbors to the south, but leadership for the German is forever tainted. Instead, the EU is the arch-conservative. Regulate everything, and hope no one asks you what to do next.