On The European Union

In 1957 six countries signed an historic treaty, the Treaty of Rome, thus establishing the European Economic Community.

27 European countries now belong to the European Union. The number of EU organizations has also expanded to include an EU parliament, an EU Central Bank. an EU Court of Human Rights, among others. In the early 2000’s the EU began using a single currency, the Euro.

Yet, the union that was formed to “lay the foundations of an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe, resolved to ensure the economic and social progress of their countries by common action to eliminate the barriers which divide Europe,” has began to divide the nations of Europe at a greater rate than the un-unionized kingdoms ever did. Though for the time being the divisions are less bloody than those of the past, the divisions today are just as dangerous and deep.

Many in the EU are grumbling over the economic regulations forced on them by the the ECB and European Economic Community. The Euro is despised by many still. The recent recession made the failures of the EU’s economic policies clear for all be the academically blinded to see.

“We are not at war with ISIS or Russia, we are at war with the European Central Bank,” says Beppe Grillo of Italy.

The enmity within the European Union is palpable, there is a great likelihood that the European Union will collapse, or radically change, by the close of this decade.   Perhaps this is a matter of opinion, there are plenty of people that claim that the EU is ‘good for Europe.’ Though, it appears that the Eurosceptics are winning.

In the United Kingdom Nigel Farage and his Eurosceptic party, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), have all time high membership. If UKIP should win next year’s general election, the UK may most certainly be out of the EU. UKIP is a strong anti-EU party.

Deputy Leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall MEP, in a 12 November speech about EU Commission President Juncker’s hypocritical stance on taxation, Juncker has been calling for tougher policies on tax dodging while benefiting from a tax loophole in Luxemburg.  He questioned why the European people are increasingly sceptical about the questioned the European Commission, EU.

Nuttel answered his own inquiry, “Well, allow me to tell you with one simple sentence. It is because it is always a case of do as I say and not as I do…”

Not only are Europeans becoming more sceptical of the European Union, but they also seem to be more sceptical of national unity. In September the Scots took to vote over secession and as recently as 9 November millions of Catalonians voted to secede for the Kingdom of Spain.

So, it seems that the Utopian vision of national and international Union is failing. With UKIP MEPs crying for independent investigation and Grillo taking on the ECB the EU is crumbling.

According to Grillo his referendum will, “bring down this system of bankers, of scum.”

Euroscepticism cuts across party lines, as with all secession movements. The battle is fought on the highest possible level and may very well bring down union. Perhaps, Europe will be the first to prove that unions, big and small, are dangerous and will collapse at some point. Secession is a way, as historian Thomas Woods, Jr. suggests, that differing people can separate in peace. If Europe breaks, the American union may break too. Sic Semper Tyrannis take heed.


{Previously published in The Pirate Press the student newspaper of Harborside Academy.}