Sunday, June 19, 2005

Now is the time

Now is the time to drop the European Union. We have to get rid of it. In an astonishing article in the English newspaper “The business” (link via title), a magnificent analysis is made of the current state of the world, from a British perspective. It leads no doubt that this analysis also can be applied for all the beautiful European countries, such as Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, all the others, and certainly not to forget the Eastern European economic tigers.

The European summit made clear that the Union is a waste of time, having silly discussions on a European budget and trying not to give up the project after citizens made very clear their discontent. Not admitting that the centralising “constitution” is dead, what is very undemocratic, and can not be justified at all.

This article makes clear that the big issue of present day is global competition. In the US, Australia and Japan, the talk of the town isn’t the European Union. It’s BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India and certainly China.

One should be aware that the European Union centralises decision making, sets up redistributive systems such as the CAP and the subsidies for poor regions. All this is highly unfit to a competitive environment.

Some say Europe needs to be centralised in order to be able to face global competition. When one reads the economic figures of the global competition that is so blesfull for the development of the world, there is only one conclusion to made: The European Union can survive with protectionism, but not one memberstate, if it were independent, would be able to close its borders without having grave damages in terms of wealth. With the Union, protectionism would stop development. Without the Union, the absence of protectionism would produce a florishing region of small nations.

Britain needs to get out first, to form a precedent. After, the others have to follow.

Some excerpts:

“But what the last few days have confirmed is that the entire EU project has become a giant and unaffordable distraction for Britain and all other forward-looking European countries, especially those in the post-communist East.”

"A British Prime Minister with his eye on the future should be devoting most of his time trying to forge closer economic and cultural ties with coming Asia, not wasting his time arguing with dinosaurs such as President Chirac or Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of Germany."

"Far too much of Britains intellectual capital and time is being diverted and squandered into dealing with European matters, including the 100,000 or so pages of the acquis communautaire; it should be redeployed to addressing international developments which matter. The best and brightest in government, civil service, think-tanks, universities, law firms and businesses are still unhealthily obsessed with what has become, over the past 20 years, a profoundly defective and destructive set of European institutions."

"At the end of the 19th century, the thinking classes were so preoccupied with some of the more obscure outposts of the British Empire that they failed to notice and respond to the emergence of the United States a superpower; in the early 21st century, their backward-looking obsession with European integration blinds them to the rise of Asia. And what a rise it will be."

"In dollar terms, the Chinese economy will overtake Germany in the next four years, Japan by 2015 and the US by 2039. Indias economy could be larger than all but the US and China in 30 years. Of the current G6 (America, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain) only the US and Japan are likely to be among the six largest economies in US dollar terms in 2050."

"The euro zone is expected to grow by just 1.4% this year, compared with 3.5% for the US and close to 10% for China. While the populations of America, India and China are projected to grow, Europes population will decline by almost 10% over the next few decades."

"Demographers believe Europes population will shrink from about 1/4 of the worlds population after the second world war (and about 1/6 now), to about 1/10 by 2050. By 2007, deaths will exceed births in the euro zone and a massive pension crisis is on the cards."

"While the UK formally retains control and, as Iraq demonstrated, can still strike ad hoc alliances with the US if it wishes, many other aspects of its relations with the rest of the world are now run through Brussels and hence influenced by its inward-looking, antediluvian mindset. For years now, Britain has not had a trade policy; negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are conducted by the EU."

"Though ratification of the European Constitution was formally put on ice last week, the EU is nevertheless forging ahead with a European diplomatic service, with EU embassies and ambassadors in every country to project EU foreign policy and issue EU visas."

"A proper internationalist future for Britain in the 21st century cannot conceivably lie in ever greater integration with a European continent in inexorable economic, social, cultural and geopolitical decline."

"A cultural revolution will be necessary, involving a reorientation of British foreign policy towards Asia and Latin America; free trade; a radical programme to liberalise the British economy and to inject choice and competition into the public sector; a renewed emphasis on education, including the rescue of British universities from the dead hand of the state and the creation of a UK Ivy League; and constitutional change to repair the damage brought about by membership of the EU and the hyper-centralisation of recent years to ensure that Britain remains an open and accountable society."

"It is now clear that disentangling Britain from the European morass is the essential first step towards a truly internationalist perspective for the 21st century."

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Michael said...

Pieter, I have noticed before, when discussing Bush's policies, that you have no grasp whatsoever of hte sheer necessity of the current US policy in the Middle East. It is clear that in generations to come, historians will marvel at how deluded people were not to encourage the liberation of Iraq, rather than chastize it. I for myself, have been proven right by history before, with the placing of US tactical nuclear weaponry in Western Europe in the eighties. Well, as for Bush's Iraq policy, it's the same all over again.

And now I'm baffled again at how you are unable to see how NECESSARY a United States Of Europe is. How can you be so blind and ignorant of history not to see the benefits of a thorough unification, when the results of walking down the path towards a USE have hitherto proven to be so real?

I'm amazed, it's unbelievable. In a way, depressing too. I can only hope that narrowmindedness will in time yield to realism.


Pieter Cleppe said...

Michael, I know your position, but you are not aware of the big danger a European superpower poses to our liberties and even to world peace in general.

If there is a European superpower, be sure of that, they won't have the same ethical standards in foreign policy the Americans have. They will be even worse.

Concerning your reference to the 80ies. I have to admit that David Stockton, Budget Minister under Reagan, was against the hawks that wanted to spend and spend in the 80ies (a battle he lost), but now he changed his mind and says that Reagan was right to spend against the USSR and that Bush is right now to spend against terrorism and for democracy.

But one should even dare to question Reagan. He was a great communicator, but his words weren't in accordance with his acts. Also Reagan was big government, just as Bush. Sadly. And one should dare to ask the question if gradual liberalisation of the USSR wouldn't have been better, as in China now? The nineties were chaos for the East Block.

Anyway, you have to see government growing in proportion to world wide gdp. Then it's not all that bad. Government is in fact becoming part of the private sector. It's becoming more efficient, also in its wars, as the Iraq war was fairly clean for a war, historically spoken.

However, the Iraq war doesn't convince me. Wouldn't the benefits have been greater to have lift the embargo against Saddam? And then there wouldn't have been big costs as now.

Michael said...

Pieter: Michael, I know your position, but you are not aware of the big danger a European superpower poses to our liberties and even to world peace in general.

There we go again. I am puzzled at the number of references to the perceived "unemocratic dark bureaucratic monster" which the EU purportedly is.

I simply don't understand it. Those 742 EU MPs, haven't we ELECTED them???? What undemocratic??? The whoe political spectrum is present. NEVER will a USE, when it is controlled by a strong EP, act as some kind of dictatorship. How COULD an EU with a functioning Parliament ever be a danger to world peace???

Funny that you are more concerned about a potential USE being a threat to world peace than a VERY REAL emerging superpower like China. THAT is a threat!

If there is a European superpower, be sure of that, they won't have the same ethical standards in foreign policy the Americans have. They will be even worse.

I hope you are not referring to the Club Med for Jihadis, aka Gitmo. If all countries on this planet would have the same ethical standards as the USA, we should all thank God on our bare knees.

More later, have no time now.

Pieter Cleppe said...

The European Union is a bureaucratic monster, I'm very sorry. I can testify of the many complaints in the academic world against the tendancy of the European Commission bureaucrats trying to harmonize everything they can, assuming they are needed in order to create order out of chaos, but in fact just doing the opposite.

It's also undemocratic. Moreover, the whole purpose of the EU is to reduce democracy. Politicians want to get rid of the controll of those annoying citizens, that never allow them to do what they want. Therefore they want to centralise as much as they can.

The EP doesn't even have a right to initiate legislation. Well, in fact, I don't mind about that, I rather mind about the fact that the EC has.

China is a military threat, sure, and I'm more concerned with China than with the EU. The best garantuee to have a nice war with China is to build a European Army. Europe can defend itself now. 2 countries have nuclear weapons. The only purpose of a EU army will be offence, not defence.

Moreover, trade will stop China from attacking. The EU is blocking trade. 25 independant nations wouldn't be so protectionist.

The US have the most ethical standards in their policy, because there is nowhere so much opposition against government power than in the US. Cheering governments will lead them to abuse their power.