EU Fjordman Report


No, not any more than Islam can be reformed. Both need to be banned.


Can the EU Be Reformed?

Can the EU be reformed?
by Fjordman

The controversy surrounding the Greek debt crisis, referendum, and possible exit from the euro common currency has exposed major tensions underlying the European Union (EU). As the writer Jeremy Warner comments:

Unintentionally, Greeks have done themselves — and perhaps the rest of Europe too — a favour by voting no. They have been misled by their Government, not to mention a whole host of famous American, salt water economists — Sachs, Krugman, Stiglitz — into thinking they can somehow bring the rest of Europe to heel by facing their creditors down. They cannot. (To be fair, Krugman seems to appreciate better than the other two the vital importance of exchange rate in debt relief). By voting no, they have put themselves on a path to exit and the unilateral debt relief of default. Like Germany in 1953, this offers Greeks the possibility of a new beginning, and with a bit of luck, they might also have fatally wounded the entire euro project.”

This leads us to another question: Can the EU be reformed?

I have had my doubts about this for years. The EU system is so fundamentally flawed and corrupt that it is doubtful whether it can be reformed in any meaningful way. Corruption and a chronic lack of accountability are not flaws in the system; they are there by design. The EU oligarchs have proven themselves very adept at exploiting crises to further more federal integration. This even goes for problems they have themselves created.

The entire EU system since the days of Jean Monnet has been built on creating a European superstate through deceiving the European public by presenting it as merely an elaborate free trade zone. Lies and deceit have become part of the structural DNA of the European Union.

The EU has essentially bribed the political class throughout much of the European continent, and bought their personal loyalty and support. If they become a part of the EU system, they receive well paid jobs. Moreover, they don’t have to answer to the average citizen for what they do, or how they use or abuse their power. It is easy to see why some people find this combination alluring.

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