Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Brussels Shuffle

Your view of the EU, if you live in Ushgarod in Trans-Carpathian Ruthenia, will be very different from someone from Godalming in Surrey. Your ancestors had become so used to being invaded periodically by each of many larger neighbours they evolved an advanced mental arithmetic that could convert Zloties, Roubles, Schillings, Reichsmarks and Koruna in multivariate combinations against the only stable local unit of exchange, the chicken. EU membership offers notional national independence within a political framework that even grants you a voice at the big table, a common stable currency and mates with big armies. Being an EU Gau, even with an EU Gauleiter in place at the Treasury and Finance Ministry, may be preferable to the alternative.  

 
However, this is not the case in Greece. Or Ireland. Or Portugal. Voters, angry and intolerant of Brussels imposed austerity measures, yet incapable of reaching the shadowy decision makers responsible at the Commission, are kicking their domestic governments instead. Add to this the new-found audacity of EU leaders in openly interfering in the national politics of others; a Merkozy 'shared smirk' sealed the fate of Berlusconi and ousted Papandreou, and warned others. It's not a good time to be a national politician in Europe. 

The inevitable exit of Greece from the Eurozone has even spawned a horrid piece of Berlaymontspeak: Grexit. Others may follow. If the UK also maintains its semi-detachedness, we may see the EU start to turn into a close fiscal and political alliance between France, Germany and a host of little nations, with an 'associate membership' of larger nations. Unlikely? Stranger things have happened, and European politics is the pinnacle examplar of the rule of unintended consequences. Interesting times indeed.

5 comments:

Oldrightie said...

Your German-Franco Axis plus a few smaller "Nations" is spot on. Then a smaller one will cry foul, rebel and be quashed militarily by "EU" police forces. The UK will cry no more. Do that in Poland and...............

James Higham said...

Or Y for Yurrup, UK for UK ... gives you YUK.

Dave_G said...

Which is why I recently started keeping chickens.....

DeeDee99 said...

It looks likely that the FU will become the original 6 EEC countries plus one or two more, such as Finland and Austria. The EU and Merkozy will get a smaller version of the Holy Roman Empire than they wanted and undemocratic, unaccountable governance will be fixed from Brussels.

I wonder how much longer the Irish people will put up with Franco-German dominance and imposed austerity? They may have an alternative, if they turn their heads and look back across the Irish Sea.

Delphius1 said...

I blogged back at the beginning of December back that the look of all the political posturing was possibly a new EU order.

http://delphiusdebate.blogspot.com/2011/12/loss-of-control-sparks-eu-power-plays.html

I did say rather in hope than anything else that the new-look Europe might ditch the EU Commission, but that looks to be a vain hope.

Who knows, if more technocrats replace politicians they might get the message that the commission wants their jobs.

Then the fun will start...