From the start, the EU was an unnatural political project launched by obscure figures such as Jean Monnet and Joseph Retinger, with the intention of implementing this undemocratic Union without the knowledge of Europeans concerning its true nature as well as of secret societies - and without the support of the gullible peoples of Europe. Now this union is wasting away – not least due to the financial crisis created by the corporative forces behind the EU.
The following is an excerpt of an article by Charles Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, which also brings the article. Setting off by the editor of the euro-med.

EuropeanUnionMap.jpgThe Washington Post 29 Aug. 2010EU´s  decline is partly economic. The financial crisis has taken and will take a painful toll on many E.U. members. But these woes pale in comparison with a more serious malady: Europe is experiencing a renationalization of political life, with countries clawing back the sovereignty they once willingly sacrificed in pursuit of a collective idea. The European Union is dying — a death so slow and steady that one day soon we may  realize that the project of European integration that we've taken for granted over the past half-century is no more.

For many Europeans, that greater good no longer seems to matter. They wonder what the union is delivering for them, and they ask whether it is worth the trouble. The result would be individual nations consigned to geopolitical irrelevance — and a United States bereft of a partner willing or able to shoulder global burdens.

Germany´s stinginess to pay Greek debt  reflects the bigger problem: Germany's pursuit of its national interest is crowding out its enthusiasm for the E.U. In one of the few signs of life in the European project, member states last fall embraced the Lisbon Treaty. Berlin helped select as the E.U.'s president and foreign policy chief Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton,  respectively, low-profile individuals who would not threaten the authority of national leaders. Even Germany's courts are putting the brakes on the E.U., last year issuing a ruling that strengthened the national Parliament's sway over European legislation.

This renationalization of politics has been occurring across the E.U. One of the starker signs of trouble came in 2005, when Dutch and French voters rejected a constitutional treaty that would have consolidated the E.U.'s legal and political character. The Lisbon Treaty, its watered-down successor, was rejected by the Irish in 2008. They changed their minds in 2009, but only after ensuring that the treaty would not jeopardize national control of taxation and military neutrality. And in Britain, May elections brought to power a coalition dominated by the Conservative Party, which is well known for its Europhobia.

Geert-wilders-in-courtElsewhere, right-wing populism is on the upswing — a product, primarily, of a backlash against immigration. This hard-edged nationalism aims not only at minorities, but also at the loss of autonomy that accompanies political union. For example, Hungary's Jobbik Party won 47 seats in elections this year — up from none in 2006. Even in the historically tolerant Netherlands, the far-right Party for Freedom recently won more than 15 percent of the vote, giving it just seven fewer seats than the leading party.
In July, the E.U.'s rotating presidency fell to Belgium — a country whose Dutch-speaking Flemish citizens and French-speaking Walloons are so divided that, long after elections in June, a workable governing coalition has yet to emerge. It speaks volumes that the country now guiding the European project suffers exactly the kind of nationalist antagonism that the E.U. was created to eliminate.

The renationalization of European politics is a product, first and foremost, of generational change. French citizens over 55 are almost twice as likely to see the E.U. as a guarantee of peace as those under 36.

Meanwhile, the demands of the global marketplace, coupled with the financial crisis, are straining Europe's welfare state. As retirement ages rise and benefits dwindle, the E.U. is often presented as a scapegoat for new hardships.

The E.U.'s rapid enlargement to the east and south has further sapped it of life. Absent the cozy feel the smaller union had before the Berlin Wall came down (EC),  its original members have turned inward. The newer members from Central Europe, who have enjoyed full sovereignty only since communism's collapse, are not keen to give it away. As Poland's late president, Lech Kaczynski, put it soon after taking office in 2005, "What interests the Poles is the future of Poland and not that of the E.U."

European participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has added to the weariness. In Germany, roughly two-thirds of the public opposes having German troops in Afghanistan — not good news for an E.U. intended to project a united voice on the global stage.

"The E.U. is now just trying to keep the machine going," a member of the European Parliament told me recently. "The hope is to buy enough time for new leaders to emerge who will reclaim the project." Buying time may be the best the E.U. can do for now, but its slide is poised to continue, with costs even for those outside Europe. The Obama administration has already expressed frustration with an E.U. whose geopolitical profile is waning.

Europe is hardly headed back to war; its nations have lost their taste for armed rivalries. Instead, less dramatically but no less definitively, European politics will become less European and more national, until the E.U. becomes a union in name only. This may seem no great loss to some, but in a world that sorely needs the E.U.'s aggregate will, wealth and muscle, a fragmented and introverted Europe would constitute a historical setback. Today, the E.U. Barroso-frustratedneeds a new generation of leaders who can breathe life into a project that is perilously close to expiring. For now, they are nowhere to be found.

EUObserver 1 Sept. 2010: Mr Barroso: “The devastating results of a Eurobarometer published last week showing that support for EU institutions is waning across the continent are due to the economic crisis and Eurpean capitals not defending the European Project. I also want to tell the truth: We won't solve the problems unless each nation sees the European project as its own. In fact this is not the case now. When things go well it's their merit and when they go wrong it's Brussels' fault," With US president Barack Obama also calling for a stronger Europe, Mr Barroso noted: "It is very important that this request comes from abroad, from one of our most important partners." Comment: So never mind what the Europeans think. That was never taken into consideration.

The Express 27 Aug. 2010Public support for the European Union has collapsed to a nine-year low in all of its 27 countries, a poll has revealed. The European Commission says fewer than half of voters across Europe are in favour of the union.

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Notice that The Council on Foreign Relations sees nationalism as a serious disease!
The European Arrest Warrant and the EU´s “Internal Security Plan” worthy of a police state: Eu-gendarmerDealer_1704535cThe Telegraph 28 Aug. 2010: Malcolm Hay, who runs a business from his Kensington town house, sold hundreds of broken pottery pieces to a visiting dealer from Athens in 1999. He said he bought them at fairs and described the artefacts as “junk”.
Eight years later, he was arrested by armed police at City airport in London. He was detained for two days after a European Arrest Warrant was issued claiming the items he sold had been stolen from the Greek state. Under the warrant, endorsed by the Labour government six years ago as a fast-track process for terrorists, foreign prosecutors do not have to show evidence to the British courts, but simply demand that the person be “surrendered”. In Mr Hay’s case, court papers in Athens show the alleged offence should not come under Greek jurisdiction because it took place in London. The apparent crime, “illicit appropriation of an antique object”, is not even an offence under British law. Mr Hay said the British authorities who tried to deport him to face four years in a Greek jail acted like “the Gestapo”. No prima facie evidence of wrongdoing was presented and Mr Hay said: “The English involvement is what I find more upsetting and disgusting.  To Mr Hay’s “complete shock”, he was found guilty and jailed for four years. He has appealed. It was disclosed this week that the number of people in Britain seized under the “no evidence needed” warrant rose by more than 50 per cent last year. David Blunkett, the former home secretary who introduced the warrant, said he had been “insufficiently sensitive” about how it could be “overused”.

Should any one dare to do as Geert Wilders: tell the truth about Islam, the righteous EU illuminists (explanatory statement) have composed the European Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia to put us 3 years in jail!  What is strange about the obituary of the Washington Post is that that newspaper is owned and edited by – illuminists, but the Rockefeller kind of them. May the EU die soon and peacefully – for it is a democratic disaster and a frontal attack on our legal rights. However, the EU is not going to die – it will just give up its last democratic appearances  and show its real nature if the Europeans do not agree with the EU Illuminists.