Europe is in Trouble—Here is Why!



By Sigrid Weidenweber

I recently wrote about Europe’s woes concerning its unhappy members. For the entirety of the European Union’s existence, savvy observers have noticed the intolerant, oppressive behavior by the Brussels elite toward their nation members. The Brussels dictates were expressed and enforced by the triumvirate of Merkel, whoever represented France as prime minister during the period and the Dutch/Belgian alliance.

People in various countries resented Brussels totalitarian approach but remained silent. Now, however, when one regards the EU metaphorically as an Ostrich-egg—the cracks in its shell are noticeable and getting larger all the time. Brexit is a crack not easily cemented. Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and even Bulgaria are seething under Brussel’s yoke.

But now—the big crack has occurred. The new Italian crisis is an earthquake compared to the other problems, a quake that can shake the EU apart. It carries such magnitude that it rattled Tuesday, May 29, 2018 the American stock-market. So, what happened?

Two of Italy’s populist parties, the 5 Star Movement and the nativist League, law-fully elected, tried to form a government by setting their right and left-leaning dogmas to work for the good of the nation. The coalition agreed on a president and a cabinet, only to be rudely shut down by the current Italian President, Sergio Mattarella. He outright rejected the attempt by two duly elected parties to form a government, because the nominated president was not Euro-centric.

He made his decision apparently based on nothing other than signs that the newly formed government might throw off the EU dictates. In so doing, he showed Brussel’s heavy hand. He invoked the role of investors, the international markets and the defense of the eurozone.

Francesco Ronchi writes in Wednesday’s May 30, 2018, Wall Street Journal the following assessment, “By openly invoking the role of investors, financial markets and the defense of the eurozone in his speech on Sunday, the president lends credence to the populist argument that Italy has become the battleground in a war between the international establishment and national democracies. Even if populists win the elections, their supporters believe, they will never be allowed to hold power for fear that they would oppose the dogma that dominates the eurozone.”

Add to that the threatening comments by Guenther Oettinger, senior member of the European commission, “that markets will teach Italians how to vote,” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ominous comment, that Italians had better toe the line, or they will not be spared what the Greeks have been going through, and you might have prepared the people’s minds for revolt.

The disdain for the Italian voter is palpable in these remarks, giving populist parties enormous amounts of ammunition to torpedo the EU dogma. These remarks are undemocratic and stifle the necessary dialogue between EU members. But that is not a debate Brussels wishes to have with its members. No, it is total obedience and Kotowing that the international elites expect, together with the acceptance by all of their understanding of economies and political view of the world.

My article was going to end at this juncture, however, by Friday, June 1, 2018, the entire picture is already turning.

Sensing that an early election in September would put the League into the driver’s seat with EU-foe Matteo Salvini winning the premiership, a lot of brainstorming occurred behind the scenes. Salvini has successfully exploited Italian’s angry unhappiness with the rising migratory tide from Africa. These migrants arrive by sea and must be rescued more often than not, giving them access to the country. 750 000 of them have flooded Italy and the EU expects Italy to accommodate them. Salvini has pledged to deport them by the thousands. Looking at the scenario of his becoming Italy’s premier, it seems everyone reconsidered the formation of a government.

The two anti-establishment parties were encouraged to forge a new deal complete with a new government. The new prime minister will be Guisepppe Conti, a little-known academic, and Salvini, with his pledge to deport, will become interior minister. Lo and behold, Sergio Mattarella signed the list of the new cabinet after five days of financial market turmoil.

I must assume that he was given a strong nod to sign in the new government from his partners in Brussels.

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weindenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weindenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.

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