Dire predictions for the EU, number 1:
Why the EU might not last beyond next year: DOMINIC SANDBROOK on the political and financial earthquake ripping through Europe
Coming so soon after the Brexit referendum result and the victory of Donald Trump, the aftermath of the Italian referendum had an oddly familiar feel.
When I awoke to Radio 4 yesterday morning, there were the same voices of doom, the same tones of shock and grief, the same reports of tremors rippling through Europe’s financial markets.
Once again Europe’s governing elites are struggling to come to terms with a political and financial earthquake….
The great mystery of all this to me is that the EU elite have had warning after warning.
They have known for years the euro was a calamitous mistake, that austerity was destroying the prospects of an entire generation from Athens to Alicante, that mass immigration was enormously unpopular.
And they have known voters were outraged by their bungling of the Middle Eastern refugee crisis.
Even now, it is not too late to change tack — but on they go, charging towards disaster.
And when, at last, they find themselves contemplating the blackened ruins of their European project, they should not blame the voters.
The only people they should blame are themselves.
‘We’ve had the earthquake – now for the TSUNAMI’ Experts predict worst yet to come for EU
THE European Union is about to be swept away by a populist tsunami with countries from Britain to the Baltics increasingly turning to nationalist parties, leading EU experts warned tonight.
Analysts said the political earthquake unleashed by the financial crisis has morphed into an unstoppable anti-EU wave as wealth inequality and dissatisfaction with Brussels fuel an anti-establishment revolution.
The independent website VoteWatch, which analyses the state of the bloc, said unless radical action is taken Europe will “continue its fragmentation in a downward spiral leading to its break-up”.
Its dire warning comes amid a surge in support for populist parties across the continent which is threatening to engulf the euro establishment and rip the EU project apart.
No mention of Europe’s 150 million smokers, “exiled to the outdoors” by the EU’s own war on smokers. One of whom is supermodel Naomi Campbell, seen here smoking outside with somebody’s borrowed jacket around her shoulders. Perhaps she should have borrowed his trousers too (click for enlargement).