The Demise Of The European Union

by Leigh Bravo6/25/16

If you found yourself asking  “why” the United Kingdom voted to remove itself from its family within the European Union yesterday, then you are not alone. Many across the globe are trying to understand, predict outcomes and second guess the people of the United Kingdom.

To understand this divide, we must start with the most powerful and prominent leader of the European Union, Andrea Merkel. Who is she, and what has she done for Germany?

Andrea Merkel, Chancellor of Germany since 2005, was able, like no other, to pull together the two major political parties of Germany, the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats. An accomplishment that can only be achieved under a strong leader. An accomplishment that the President of the U.S. has refused to attempt, creating a divide in its citizenry that hasn’t existed since the 60’s. An accomplishment that brought the German people together and made them a force to be reckoned.

In an article, Maureen Orth says,

“To think that only 25 years ago Angela Merkel was a divorced 35-year-old East German physicist specializing in quantum chemistry, who was not allowed to set foot in West Berlin and had never uttered a political opinion in public, was a striking affirmation of both the ability of Germany to recover and her own ability to succeed.”

 Ralph Bolman, a biographer of a leading conservative daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, says,

“She’s very popular among the German people, but she doesn’t appreciate the German people so much. She doesn’t have much trust in them,” …..the chancellor treats the German electorate—which recently gave Merkel a 74 percent approval rating—“as if they were children.” Her nickname in Germany is Mutti, or Mommy. (A sticker on a litter can outside my Berlin hotel said, “Be careful. Mutti is watching you.”)”

An economic conservative, Merkel demanded painful structural reforms of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland in exchange for small bailouts.  Merkel pledged in her 2013 campaign that Germany would have a balanced budget by 2015. Today she continues to make decisions based on that pledge. She refuses to go into deficit spending in order to stimulate the economy. As a result, Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth largest by minimal GDP in the world and a founding member of the European Union and the Eurozone.

She refused to be a part of the Iraq war in 2003 and abstained on the vote within the U.N to join the U.S. in an intervention in Libya in 2011. In 2014, we saw the crisis in Ukraine take hold, and while Barack Obama refused to take a leadership role, Andrea Merkel stood at the helm in dealing with Putin.

When President Obama spoke at Tiergarten in 2008, Dirk Kurbjuweit, a journalist, said,

 “At the time, Merkel told him that Obama’s charisma—the very idea of which is antithetical to everything that is Angela Merkel—was overrated: “When he’s running, he can shine, but when he is in office he will have very different tasks. You can’t solve the tasks with charisma.”

As the United States has found out, charisma has done nothing in solving the problems of the world. Needless to say, the relationship between Obama and Merkel still remains cold.

As we come back to the vote by the United Kingdom (UK) to secede from the European Union (EU) the question remains, Why?

The finger of blame seems to be pointing in the direction of the refugee crisis that has been seen around the world. Andrea Merkel opened the borders of Germany resulting in over a million refugees flooding the country along with an additional numbers arriving monthly. Merkel’s popularity with the German people has dropped to a new low as the Cologne sex attacks of New Year Eve hit the news. Hundreds of women were targeted, raped, molested and robbed while evidence came pouring in that police forces nationwide were suppressing immigrant crime and refusing to pursue migrant offenders.

Orth also says,

“There are other serious issues brewing inside Germany. Her country has one of the lowest birthrates in the E.U., and 35 percent of children under five have an immigrant background, mostly Muslim. At the current rate, Germany could acquire a million refugees every five years. How will they be integrated into German society? “

The New York Times recently reported,

“Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, countries that long set the standard for welcoming refugees from war and persecution, are rapidly rethinking their generosity as the tide of migrants to Europe strains their budgets and roils their politics.”

Sweden and Denmark currently have the highest number of sexual assaults in Europe. Statistics show that one in every four Swedish women will be raped.

Frontpage Magazine reports,

“With Muslims represented in as many as 77 percent of the rape cases and a major increase in rape cases paralleling a major increase in Muslim immigration, the wages of Muslim immigration are proving to be a sexual assault epidemic by a misogynistic ideology.”

“In Stockholm this summer there was an average of 5 rapes a day. Stockholm has gone from a Swedish city to a city that is one-third immigrant and is between a fifth and a quarter Muslim.” 

“Sweden, like the rest of the West, will have to come to terms with the fact that it can either have female equality or Muslim immigration. It cannot have both.”

Noah BarkinRueters bureau chief for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said,

“Without a doubt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s standing in Europe has taken a hit because of her handling of the refugee crisis.

Her welcoming stance of “We can do it” is seen as naïve, not only in Central Europe but also by close partners like France, which is still reeling from the November terrorist attacks in Paris and is not in the mood for solidarity on the migrant issue. The mass assaults on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve have deepened the skepticism.”

The Daily Mail reports,

The floodgates would open: Fury over EU plans to make Britain accept 90,000 refugees a year as part of migrant quota.

“This is scandalous,’ said Sir Gerald Howarth, a former Tory minister. ‘The tribunal should have no business in this matter. We have very strict laws on immigration and asylum that are set by Parliament. It is not for the courts to undermine them in this way.”

The Guardian reports,

“Polling suggests discontent with the scale of migration to the UK has been the biggest factor pushing Britons to vote out, with the contest turning into a referendum on whether people are happy to accept free movement in return for free trade.”

“Cameron promised before the 2010 election to bring migration down to the tens, not hundreds, of thousands. However, his failure to live up to his promise, repeated in 2015, has undermined trust in his leadership and contributed to a sense that UK politicians are powerless to lower migration from the EU.”

The Guardian reports another reason for the exodus,

“The leave camp argued that Brussels has been on a mission to expand its powers and sought further political integration, which is far removed from what the UK originally voted for. Voters appear to have decided that this was their one chance to leave a union they never particularly embraced and did not consent to in the first place.”

The dissatisfaction in the United Kingdom seems somewhat similar to the rise of the American middle and working class and the ever building support for Donald Trump.

“The leave campaign has throughout painted the EU and Brussels officials as a hotbed of unaccountable political elites who were not democratically voted by the British people.”

I guess the people have had enough!

Leigh Bravo blogs at The Trumpet.
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5 Responses to The Demise Of The European Union

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    But until enough of them elsewhere in Europe make the same decision, the EU will manage to hold on, submerging the continent in a jihadist tide and reversing the verdict of Charles Martel. Scotland voted heavily to Remain and may well leave the UK in order to stay.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    “Polling suggests discontent with the scale of migration to the UK has been the biggest factor pushing Britons to vote out, with the contest turning into a referendum on whether people are happy to accept free movement in return for free trade.”

    From what I’ve read around the web in the last couple of days, that seems to be the main contributing factor. It’s not the opinion of most that Britain rejected (to the extent a close 52 to 48 vote can be called “rejection”) the EU for economic reasons — because the EU goes so far as to specific the curvature of bananas. And I suspect this is true, for my opinion is that the voters have by no means rejected socialism or even the rule of elites. They will almost certainly continue to allow the elites to run them at home.

    But surely for some economic and political freedom was a factor, perhaps with the horde of Muslim “refugees” being the straw that broke the camel’s back. And I was wrong about this being a binding vote. It’s not. As explained elsewhere, Parliament is sovereign and could still do what it wants. But it is considered unlikely it will defy the public’s will because a lot of labor party voters were in on the exit as well.

    One thing I agree with is that Trump benefits from this. I’m not quick to call Brexit “Magna Carta II” as some others have. I do not think this is a revitalization of the idea of liberty and national sovereignty, long held dormant (and for ransom) by the elites. But it surely is an acknowledgment that the “religion of peace” is not a religion of peace. And word is that people lied to pollsters (and even exit pollsters) because of the intimidation factor. This is also likely working in Trump’s favor. You can bet his poll numbers are suppressed by 3 to 4 points.

    However, I remain terminally cynical about a new birth of freedom arising from the ashes of discredited multiculturalism. But Britain has certainly positioned itself to be in better shape than the continent. Whatever its ills are at home, it got out (which will be a phased-out thing taking years…and this getting-out still could be reneged on in ways that are substantial…in fact, this will be the real story in the coming years as the “Brexit” likely never happens, and what does happen is only meaningless gestures and empty rhetoric…you read it here first…probably).

  3. GHG says:

    To borrow a Churchill quote – Brexit is not the end of the EU. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

    Maybe people are waking up. It’s a slow and arduous process to shake people enough for them to leave the comfort zone of the familiar. A crack in the door is at least hopeful.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    If you found yourself asking “why” the United Kingdom voted to remove itself from its family within the European Union yesterday, then you are not alone. Many across the globe are trying to understand, predict outcomes and second guess the people of the United Kingdom.

    To understand this divide, we must start with the most powerful and prominent leader of the European Union, Andrea Merkel. Who is she, and what has she done for Germany?

    Merkel is only peripheral to the divide in the E.U.

    The core reason for the divide lies within the organization itself. The idea that a European Super-State could evolve from the numerous nation states which comprise Europe, is so flawed as to be fatal to the concept.

    As it now stands, the E.U. has 27 remaining member states with almost 30 different national languages. On top of that, there are many strong regional dialects spoken which almost count as separate languages. The Tower of Babel anyone?

    In addition to language, each state has its own history and culture. To believe that any supra-national organization made-up of such a group could last over a longer period of time, without the resort to force, is verging on insanity. And while many of the elites may slip over into insanity now and then, they were quite willing to use an incremental increase in force and lawlessness to maintain the union.

    The force was represented by the the European Court and European Central Bank both of which were responsible to no popular body, yet handed down edicts from on high which were highly unpopular and touched the live of every citizen within the E.U.

    A good example of the lawlessness involved is Bundeskanzlerin Merkel. who, by fiat, opened the German border to almost 1 million “refugees” last year. By doing this, she forced other E.U. member countries to accept thousands of “refugees” which they otherwise would not have taken in.

    Merkel’s present popularity has dropped significantly due to this high-handed act. More importantly, she has weakened her political party the CDU and its coalition partner the CSU. It is to her advantage that the main traditional opposition party the socialist SPD is floundering under weak leadership. But other more nationalistic and even Leftist parties are gaining strength.

    It should not be forgotten that the U.K. only joined the EEC in the early-mid 1970’s. The EEC was a very different animal from the present E.U. and when it joined, Great Britain was assured its sovereignty would never be assaulted. This promise has turned out to be about as reliable as the Obamanation’s promises.

    And this lies at the heart of why there was a need for the Brexit referendum in the first place. Great Britain has a very different history from France and Germany, both of which have had very difficult times with “democracy” and both of which have held technocrats and “efficiency” in rather too high esteem. Many Brits value their institutions and liberties somewhat more than is the case on the continent.

    Thus, the referendum has been discussed for many years and was finally promised before Merkel the Ferkel displayed her autocratic side to the rest of Europe. But thank God she did, as I am convinced the sight of a flood of young, healthy men from sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Libya and even a few from Syria woke up millions across Europe to the existential threat facing them due to the treason of their betters. The first step to address this threat started with a successful Brexit vote.

    Hurrah and more to come!!!

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I doubt it was the invasion itself, but the increasing sexual assaults, and the willingness of the elites to accept them as collateral damage in the struggle to impose the toxic brew of political correctness and multiculturalism.

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