How long will this Europe last?
I’m sure that this Europe will not continue for much longer – it is a monster, which I cannot trust and certainly I cannot belong to. I think that an overarching idea of a state (or a federation of nations, or whatever) must respect some undisputable, common and, I’d say, Christian principles, which I see being trampled upon by the EU every day. I don’t want to list principles like justice and equality, dignity and solidarity, etc., because I risk preaching – and the last thing I want is to walk in the footsteps of herds of incompetent politicians, able only to pontificate, express regret and then condolences. The EU’s results are in the public eye. This bureaucratic, financial-based and financial-oriented organism conceived and designed to fit a utopian path of endless development, is facing continuous crises regarding which it is inadequate, lacking the cultural tools and at the end totally, practically impotent. It is losing all its battles, one after the other: against the unemployment and poverty of the weaker nations, the use of finance as a weapon, the corruption of the institutions, the imbalance among the states, etc. Its failures are heavy: the missed relaunching of the economy, the lack of a suitable fiscal model, the lack of a correct way to manage immigration, etc. Its political choices – see e.g. the agreement with Turkey or the sanctions against Russia – are, I’d say, criminal and in any case reprehensible in every way. And, last but not least, the war against terrorism is amateurish, marred by different ideologies and points of view, by diffidence and, again, incompetence.
We have to face a sad truth: our rulers are a band of incompetent leaders, as inadequate as they are chatty. In these days of mourning, we are forced to hear their usual words of: a) sympathy to all the victims, their families and the countries; b) great plans for a bright future – there is always a disastrous past, an insufficient present and a bright future in their speeches; c) a number of “we should, we should, we should” as if the speakers were not the rulers but only the innocent and not in charge but the audience of a tragedy – e.g. “We should promote greater collaboration among the European intelligence services and police forces!”; d) the most strange recipes, the most unrealistic solutions to solve the crisis. At every event we can enumerate the failures (but we are banned from speaking about the responsibilities of the individual leaders).
The Belgian intelligence service doesn’t work; the French intelligence service doesn’t hold water; Belgium is a state… so to speak. It had about three years without a government and now it is ruled by a group of evanescent politicians, who, moreover, speak different languages, as do the police officers, the fire fighters, the doctors, etc. (you can read something interesting about the mysteries of Belgium and Belgitude in The Hall of Uselessness by Simon Leys). Belgium has failed in toto – but Brussels is the EU capital, and so we cannot tell this simple truth about a country that is bankrupt in political, moral, cultural and administrative terms. Europe has failed too; it is an evident failure as an entity, a light and hope. How can the secret services of the different countries collaborate if each state has its own foreign policy and strategy and each state distrusts the others? In the meantime, our rulers keep on talking about the creation of a European Prosecutor’s Office against terrorism! In 2016! After so many dead, they are still talking and talking. They meet three or four times a month to discuss immigration and terrorism. And we are still listening to them…
For Italy, the EU has been a real tragedy – and many people persist stubbornly in trusting the EU. The inexcusable exchange rate of 1 euro = 1927.36 liras destroyed our economy and made us the prey of the German finance first. But still now a lot of Italians in good faith hope that Europe will go on, solve its structural problems and find a bright future. All the best, folks!
My feeling is that in a few years, very few, this Europe will find a dramatic euthanasia – and that we have to prepare ourselves for this coming event. Again, all the best, my friends.