Anyone For A Single Euro-African Economic Area?

A few headlines I’ve read in recent days. First:

Hungary, Poland, Etc Must Surrender Control Over Borders to EU

Second:

Macron Attacks Brexit, Calls for ‘European Federalism’ in Pre-Election War Cry

Globalist French President Emmanuel Macron has made a direct address to the over 500 million people who live in the European Union, calling on them to support his vision of a more centralised and powerful “project” European Union which, he believes, could even entice the United Kingdom into cancelling Brexit.

The plea to voters to back an enhanced European Union which would take more control over its member nation states comes just months before the continental power bloc holds elections to select Members of the European Parliament for the next five-year term…

Perhaps the most sinister move was the call to remove the ability for European nations to control their own elections, and to have them overseen instead by a “European Agency for the Protection of Democracies”, run by “European experts” sent to each country.

Third:

No Place in 21st Century for Closing Borders – German Bundestag President

Shutting the door on mass migration is not an option in the 21st century, German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble has said, urging Brussels to speed up plans for an EU army in order to kill nationalism.

In an interview with local media on Monday, Germany’s parliament chief said he wanted progress towards a joint European armed forces to advance “much faster”, and admitted to feeling “impatient” on the issue.

Fourth:

EU Elections ‘Last Chance to End Nationalist Nightmare’ – Verhofstadt

This year’s EU election will be the “last chance” to kill populism, Guy Verhofstadt has warned, calling for sovereignty-destroying “reform” which would transfer national powers to Brussels…

“The union envisioned by [the French president] is a Europe that can stand on its own two feet, in a world of great powers in which EU nations would not be able to protect their own interests and way of life by themselves,” he said….

The 65-year-old, who has led EU Parliament’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) for a decade, called for the creation of “a single Euro-African economic area” at a conference of the EU parliamentary grouping last week, claiming such a construct would have an “enormous potential … able to rival with China” in terms of consumer numbers.

Add it all up, and here are a bunch of European leaders articulating their vision of the EU. And it’s essentially a vision of economic and political and military giantism. The EU must get bigger and stronger and more centralised. Nationalism and populism must be killed.

It seems to be the way that the entire EU political class thinks. They have dreams of empire. They’ve decided they must have an EU army to protect the EU’s external borders. And now also an agency to oversee elections. Theirs is a world of “great powers”, and the EU will only be able to “rival with China” by creating a single Euro-African economic area. Perhaps this explains why they want all this immigration: we’re now part of a Euro-African Economic Area, in which there is to be free movement of people. Perhaps it’s also why we must all become Muslims: the African bit of the EAEA is mostly Muslim, after all. They’re thinking Big, Bigger, and Biggest Of All.

And Emmanuel Macron thinks that us Brits will want to re-join this new super-gigantic EAEA.

But, somehow or other, I don’t think we will. I think us Brits just want to run our own affairs, and let everyone else run theirs. And I suspect that the French and the Germans and the Spanish and the Italians, and every other nation state in Europe, simply want to run their own affairs as well.

And this is the deepening divide in the EU. It’s between the imperialistic European political class and the ordinary peoples of Europe. The European political class is still hankering after the glory days of a century ago, when Europe’s nations had extensive empires all over the world, and they were Great Powers, and they were Somebodies.

But those days are over. It all ended in two World Wars that left Europe shattered and broken and powerless. Europe will never regain the primacy it once had. But the European political class can’t stop dreaming of a return of empire, and they’ve set out to create a single European state that rivals (and perhaps even surpasses) ancient Rome. It’s an ambition that could lead to another European war, as the EU tries to impose its will on its increasingly fractious member states, possible using its new European army to suppress revolt in places like Hungary and Italy.

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7 Responses to Anyone For A Single Euro-African Economic Area?

  1. garyk30 says:

    Well,at least they do not claim their dream will last a ‘thousand years’.
    As of yet anyway.

  2. smokingscot says:

    We joined the European Economic Community and we the people have had little, if any say as it has gradually morphed into an embryonic “superstate”, designed to counter America, Russia and China for influence and power.

    Our European leaders think that’s a desirable thing, however as they saw with the Dutch referendum about Ukraine’s visa free travel and financial support, the people don’t agree.

    However the Dutch do have that outlet. Not many others allow referendums initiated by citizens.

    Of course the Dutch government took little notice of it, arranged a couple of words changed in the treaty and the EU not only awarded visa free travel to Ukranians, they did the same thing for Georgia.

    The countries the EU is wooing are all fairly poor. Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, North Macedonia and so on, so part of the sweetner for them is the transfer of substantial amounts of cash. These go into structural reforms, like gay rights, gay marriages as well as all the political and economic changes needed to comply with EU rules. And they must adopt the Euro.

    However all the above are notorious for endemic corruption and poor governance. That’s in part why they’ve put a temporary block on further expansion of the block. They’re an economic black hole, though Russia and China are trying to gain influence.

    My point is the rich parts of the EU, the net contributors are sparse, with little appetite to pick up the slack our departure will create.

    So the more cuddly “Euro-African economic area”. Which we know from my opening sentence will in time morph into something much bigger.

    The question is are the Europeans that esy to delude and do they really see any advantage of closer ties with Egypt,, North and South Sudan, Morocco, Libya and Algeria?

    As you say Frank these utterings are designed to appeal to the true europhile. We shall see at the end of May if they have persuaded people to abandon their “nationalist” parties, or if they’ll act in the same way as Blair and Obama did with us lot. Best reason to get out!

  3. waltc says:

    Unfortunately, I agree with your last few lines. As I’ve always said: Oceania. Funny how this parallels Putin’s ambition to recreate the Soviet Union. Not the end of nationalism but rather an uber-nationalism. I think the one-worlders and the one-partiers are starting to run scared–indeed, now-or-never, last gasp (last grasp)–and pulling out all the “no more Mr Niceguy” stops. The bad part is that they might succeed. The other bad part is, civil war, either within the countries themselves (see France) or within the new iron curtail of a union whose glue is force
    .

    • waltc says:

      Should be : Iron curtain. Note to self: proof before posting.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Putin’s ambition to recreate the Soviet Union.

      I don’t think that Putin has any wish to recreate the Soviet Union. I think he sees the Communist era as an unfortunate episode in Russian history. So if he does have ambitions for a Russian superstate, the one thing it’s not going to be is a new Soviet Union with red flags and gulags and huge pictures of the Great Leader.

      But that’s just my opinion.

  4. Philip Neal says:

    There is plenty that might be said about Macron’s “letter”, including the difficulty of translating artful, slippery phrases from one language into another, but one thing stands out. What he means by trade is protectionism in one continent, and he is wedded to it to the extent that the only alternative he can envisage is protectionism in 28 countries. This raises an issue which I think has not been widely noticed.

    Each side in the Brexit negotiations so far has proceeded on the assumption that the other side knows what is good for it, and that all that is needed is to meet somewhere in the middle, as you might exchange Heligoland for Zanzibar. British politicians like Boris Johnson suppose that free trade is good for Britain and good for the EU, and that the 27 governments must finally see this and override the obstructiveness of the European Commission. But the Commission and, I imagine, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron see regulation and intervention as such obviously good things that Britain cannot fail to accept some deal involving a degree of regulatory alignment which would make Boris Johnson’s conception of global free trade permanently impossible.

    Since I see no possibility of reconciling what Britain thinks is in the EU’s interest and vice versa, it seems to me that there is nothing to negotiate, and that however unprepared we are, we should resign ourselves to the temporary pain of hard Brexit and seek free trade with countries like Australia who will bargain on the basis of what their actual, as opposed to perceived, interests are.

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