What is left of the European idea? Whatever indeterminate reassurances emerge from however many EU “summits” on security and shared intelligence, everybody must know that Paris was the end…
She lists the shambles and the failures, and continues:
So, to return to my original question: what’s left? If national borders may be reinstated by individual governments either with hasty barbed wire or officially reconstituted checkpoints, and EU budget rules can be thrown out whenever circumstances require, what does the authority of the EU Commission and Council and Parliament amount to? Possible answer: a largely useless, self-perpetuating, massively overpaid bureaucracy presiding over Potemkin institutions whose deliberations count for nothing when the lives of real people living under real governments are at stake.
It comes down to this: why couldn’t the EU with all its self-important, overweening officialdom produce a realistic plan for securing its external borders and dealing with the migrant influx? Possible answer: because that would have involved exactly the cooperation, solidarity and mutual support that the EU was supposed to represent but which we now know evaporates under pressure.
The conclusion is inescapable: the institutions of the EU are not fit for purpose and its conception of democracy is a sham. There is a good reason why member states cannot simply put aside their own interests and the concerns of their own populations for the sake of a Europe-wide policy: because their internal democracy is the real thing.
All that’s needed next is for the dysfunctional euro to be replaced by national currencies, and the entire EU project of ‘ever closer union’ will be at an end.
Perhaps what really needs to be asked now is: What will replace the defunct EU? Does there need to be a European parliament or a European Commission? Shouldn’t the innumerable rules and regulations that have poured out of Brussels be revoked en masse, and the Brussels bureaucracy disbanded? Perhaps we can go back to the old EEC trading arrangements, which seemed to work pretty well?
The UK is having a referendum on membership of the EU next year, but will the EU still exist in any meaningful sense by the time Britain votes to stay or leave?
The one thing I noticed about Janet Daley’s article is that it included a photo of the inside of the French Parliament at Versailles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.
I suspect I’ll be seeing a lot more of it from now on.