Public backing for EU crashes in wake of eurozone crisis | The World

This is a powerful article from the FT, citing how public backing for the EU has plummeted after the Euro crisis. It’s a MUST READ. Check it out!

Public backing for EU crashes in wake of eurozone crisis | The World.

Personally, I have always been pro-Europe but accept that the European Commission now has too much power. This year, we are likely to see a strong push-back in the election for MPs to the European Parliament. However, I fear that the status quo will not be changed by democratic means. I hope this will not signal a move towards extremism and civil unrest?

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English: Constituency for the European Parliament election in 2009 Español: Mapa por el Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2009 Français : Circonscriptions aux élections européennes en 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts?


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  1. A currency to replace both the dollar and the Euro has already been printed and minted.
    It is called the Amero and if you doubt this google Medvedev+Amero and you should find a picture of him holding up an Amero coin in 2005 some 9 years ago.
    This is the precursor the eventual “one world currency” but rest assured events as yet to occur are planned to bring this situation about.

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  3. Like Rodney Willett in 1974, I believed Ted Heath and the bright promise of the EC now EU.
    My memory extends back to the age of 4, so I can remember precisely what we were promised and what has been delivered.

    We were promised:

    1) No more European wars
    2) Millions of new jobs in a “Single market of 550 million people”
    3) No more food shortages
    4) The power to “Stop the traffic lights in Washington, Beijing and elsewhere”–We were going to have “influence on the global stage because we could speak with one voice”.

    In the 1990’s, we had the Bosnian Civil War, ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and the massacre at Srebnecia.

    That arose because Chancellor Kohl of Germany recognized Bosnia and the EC was powerless and unwilling to take action to stop what was going on until the Americans intervened.

    Not one nett new job has been created.

    100 British farmers commit suicide every year and 5000 go bankrupt and on top of that 75% of our food is imported and we cannot afford a proper Navy or coastal protection vessel.

    China and America take little notice of the EU but take a lot of notice of Angela Merkel who is the undisputed master of Europe via Germany.

    The UK within the EU is marginalized, a dumping ground for excessive numbers of economic migrants and being bled dry economically through misguided overseas aid, EU budget contributions to poorer EU states and a concerted effort to traduce our Judeo Christian heritage via the application of Sharia law and laws made by unelected EU apparachiks who have reduced Parliament to a cipher.

    The EU is a mental construct of Monnet in France in 1944 and the slightly later Bilderberg movement which came into being in 1954 and now selects the Prime Ministers,Presidents and Chancellors of Europe and the leaders of opposition parties.

    The North American Union and the proposed Transatlantic Partnership are similarly Bilderberger creations and are a precursor to fewer and bigger “Unions” which will eventually all merge into 1 giant “Union” with just 1 currency if people do not call a halt to these developments.

    • John, I understand that if the Petrodollar collapses, those who survive the inevitable cataclysm that follows will end up with a one world currency.

  4. Jennifer says – very reasonably – the EU must reform. The EU is but one aspect of “democracy” that is in need of reform. I have been a Euro-sceptic now for some time but that followed the realisation (or, to be more accurate, my perception of the reality) that the EU cannot reform itself as a result of its structure. That structure does not allow for organic evolution – usually tiny movements in the right direction, sometimes tiny movements in the wrong direction, the odd big movement in the right direction and the odd big movement the wrong way (which future historians would call an “extinction event).

    Without evolution, the train just trundles along its seemingly pre-ordained tracks until it creates its own extinction event.

    My other great fear is that UK politics is in the throes of doing exactly the same thing – this time by being locked into tribal politics that are no longer fit for purpose. In this case the extinction event could be the creation of an extreme group which wins public support and then sees no further need to seek public approval. I believe there are a few precedents. I do so hope I am wrong.

    • Rodney,

      Whilst, I am still very much pro-Europe, I empathize strongly with the thrust of your argument.

      We probably agree that EU powers should be repatriated to national governments?

      I agree that the EU, especially the European Commission needs a radical overhaul. For example, the position that Olli Rehn has taken on austerity in Europe is just not acceptable to vast swathes of Europe’s population; it has also been challenged by mainstream economists and the IMF. Worst of all, the EU sets a very poor example, with gold-plated and inflated pensions, abuse of good practice on expenses, and absence of effective financial control over spending of billions of Euro.

      So a Euro-sceptic and a pro-Eurpean both agree that the EU is urgently in need of radical reform.

  5. Michael, Rodney & Jenifer,

    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

    Rodney & I have debated this subject many times & despite our differences, we both agree that the European Commission now has too much power. I believe that apart from the UK, France & Germany now have reservations about the concentration of power in the EU.

    I fear that Michael may well be right about civil unrest.

    Any other views?

  6. Excellent points raised here. This subject urgently needs discussion. The dictatorial aspect of the EU is proving counter-productive as people turn away from what was a good idea.
    Forcing your will on enlightened people is bound to fail. The EU must reform.

  7. At the time we voted in a referendum to confirm our membership of the EEC, at which I was our constituency “yes” vote coordinator (of which I am now ashamed) the matter before us was whether or not we would become part of a small group of countries which shared two attributes: most of them had been at war with each other fairly frequently in the past and all were in about the same place economically speaking. It seemed sensible on both grounds: closer ties would make international violence less likely to happen and I have always been on the side of free trade.

    But that was not what we voted for. Unknown to most of us, we were starting on a very dangerous and slippery path towards an undemocratic institution which would demonstrate an inability properly to account to for the taxpayers money placed in its coffers. I am told that it was naive to believe that but it was what we were told and we – well, most of us – believed what we were told.

    At the very least, now that we know the truth (including the fact that we should never believe what we are told), we should have been given the opportunity to hold a referendum confirming our desire to remain within this new beast – the EU.

    I want us to leave the EU. I believe the economic arguments for in or out are too close to call, that there is a serious democratic deficit that could well cause further conflict and that it is monstrous to expect the British taxpayer to pay into a fund that has been unable – ever – to satisfy and auditor to sign off its accounts.

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