November 15, 2011

The founders of the EU were trying to prevent another German superstate. But that is precisely where we are heading

We don't need one of these... yet.

It is one thing for David Cameron to say, as he said at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, that it is “in our interests” to remain in the EU. Would he, I wonder, say it was in our interests to be part of a greater Germany?

The way things are going, they might soon amount to the same thing. Angela Merkel declared last Monday that Europe is in its most dangerous predicament “since the Second World War”. The solution, as she said, is “more Europe, not less”.

In other words the ambitions of Germany are made plain: what is being envisaged in Mrs Angela Merkel’s mind is a unified Europe, a superstate, in which the most powerful, and therefore dominating, nation would be Germany. The superstate was planned from the beginning by its prophets and founders – despite the lies told to us over the decades by such as Edward Heath, Neil Kinnock and Michael Heseltine. But the idea of this radical political innovation being controlled by Germany was certainly not foreseen by those patriarchal Eurocrats. Ironically, they have achieved exactly that which they tried so hard to prevent.

So, three times in recent history, Germany has come close to a achieving hegemony in Europe: in 1870 under Bismarck, in 1914 under the Kaiser and again in 1939 under Adolf Hitler. Is Angela Merkel about to achieve by financial and economic muscle what those men failed to achieve by force of arms?
When the Berlin Wall came down, I recall a conversation I had with the poet and former senior civil servant, C H Sisson. I asked him what he thought of the collapse of the Soviet Union and he replied, “Good news. But, when we’ve just got rid of something like that in the East, why are we building something very similar to it here in the West?”

And that is effectively what we have.

We were promised by the Eurocrats a continent-wide democratic defence against fascist dictatorship, but what we are heading for at great speed is precisely that dictatorship. And it looks very much like what went on in the Soviet bloc for decades: government not by elected politicians but by unelected commissars and technocrats. How else are we to understand the appointment to the premierships in both Greece and Italy of EU apparatchiks?

Meanwhile, over his dinner, Dave waffles about the need for political powers “to ebb back” to Britain from the EU – as if this would happen naturally like the tidal flow. But the central dogma of the EU is that powers once arrogated from the nation states of Europe must never be returned.

Once again Britain stands alone. We do not this time – or not yet, anyhow – need Spitfires: we need a referendum on our continued membership of this bureaucratic dictatorship.

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