Yesterday in Berlin, the ‘not-my-president’ of the EUnion made good on his reputation as the quiet assassin of European democracy and of European nation states. In his “Berliner Europa-Rede” (pdf), van Rompuy stated:
We have together to fight the danger of a new Euro-scepticism.This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries. In every Member State, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie! The time of the homogeneous nation-state is over.
Moreover, Van Rompuy knows exactly where love of country stems from and leads to:
The biggest enemy of Europe today is fear. Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war (“le nationalisme, c’est la guerre” (F. Mitterrand)). Today’s nationalism is often not a positive feeling of pride of one’s own identity, but a negative feeling of apprehension of the others.
That, apparently, is all that this mindlessly tedious dish-rag of man is able to conjure up, when he thinks of his home-land. No looking upon the landscape and feel ones heart fill up with joy of the recognition of home, the warm memories and the sense of belonging. No sense of the generations before him that have shaped his home and himself. No sense of the roots of his existence that lie beneath the soil. This man is all alone in this universe, adrift in a world where he belongs nowhere.
And if you don not agree with him, your one of those people that will lead our benighted continent down the path of war. Got that?
Maybe that is to be expected from someone like van Rompuy. As Gawain points out: Belgium never once was a real country. Just read this piece by Paul Belien on the history of that failing state. Even nowadays Belgium balances on a knives edge: Will the country split or not? But just because not-my-president hails from that artificial construct posing as a nation-state, that doesn’t mean all Europeans feel the same. Don’t think we are all Belgians.
Besides, van Rompuy is demonstrably dealing falsehoods. Both Gawain and Witney point out the continued thriving existence of countries such as Switzerland and Norway.
Ian Parker-Joseph (via reader defender) expresses admirably a sentiment that should be echoed around Europe (1). Certainly it should be a sentiment that needs to be nurtured in this damp corner of the world:
I will never be an EU ‘citizen’ – I do not consent. The unelected Van Rompuy, the quiet assassin of nations, has just declared war on the peoples of these Islands and the rest of Europe who will not quietly submit. I WILL fight if necessary to defend my homeland.
Dr. North also has some observations to make, the most important of which is: “This is a tribe so scarred by the experience of continental Europe and the rise of the Nazis that they can only see history in terms of a one-dimensional pastiche, and are locked into the mistaken belief that nationalism is evil. But that truly makes them our enemy. There can be no accommodation or compromise for they mean to destroy us”.
That sentiment is echoed by Witney when he asks “Is not the EU the imposition of a creed in which ‘decisions on what to produce and what policies to pursue are made in the interests of a collective society’?” and wonders what the differences between the EUnion and the USSR really are, fundamentally.
The one thing that is missing from all these, the one crucial observation that seems to be old hat to the hardened, gritty, genuine euro-sceptic (since they knew or suspected this all along) is the observation that van Rompuy dropped The Mask.
As far as I am aware this is the first time a EUrocrat comes out and bluntly states what the goals of the project have always been, ever since the timid days of the European Community and the European Coal and Steel Community: The abolition of European nations. The destruction of national identity. Gone are the days of economic co-operation. Van Rompuy is out to take away our home and our self-determination. His Berlin speech conveys that message loud and clear.
And for us that is a good reason to put up this new motto. And mean it!
(1) Plus generously handing me a new motto for this modest blog (above right).
[UPDATE001] Autonomous Mind is tracking reactions around the blogosphere. Check it out. Van Rompuy may have done some harm to the project with his careless discarding for face-cover.
[UPDATE002] Archbishop Cranmer has a particularly astute observation to make:
As the EU’s auditors fail to approve the accounts the 16th consecutive year, our President told us that the age of nation states is over and the Euroscepticism leads to war.
Funny, that. His Grace thought it was a lack of democracy and the lust for power and geopolitical supremacy which led to war, and that the EU was shaping up perfectly to foment precisely the sort of oppression which leads to social breakdown and civil disorder.
The court in Amsterdam today announced the judges that will sit at the re-trial of Geert Wilders. Additionally, it announced plans to soon resume the court trial against Geert Wilders. From the courts website (NL):
The court of Amsterdam is working to resume the case Wilders in the short term. The court is consulting with parties about the progress and planning of the case. The court combination that will re-try the Wilders case in the Amsterdam court are mr. A.A.M. van Oosten (president), mr. G.P.C. Janssen (senior judge), mr. J.C. Boeree (junior judge).
Elsevier (NL) reports there is still some discussion whether the trial should not be moved to another court, in Utrecht for instance, after the dismal performance of the Amsterdam court. But apparently the live-action Monty Python sketch-show last time around was not grounds for the Amsterdam court to consider this option.