Klaus Hnilica
Tuesday February 14th, 2017

Woebegone Europe – What Exactly Is It?

At the moment, nobody can probably say what kind of construct the so-called ’Europe’ is. Economically, it does not look too good, its crisis countries struggle against increasing unemployment rates, it is politically divided and the citizens and elites have become more and more each other’s enemies because, after seven years of Euro crisis, they now see themselves confronted with a refugee stream from Africa and the Near East that does not look like it will end in the near future.

Is this the demise of this ’European Artificial Concept’ European Union (EU) and currency union, where none of the governments that are part of the whole is capable of showing us a uniting narrative – which means that the stupid shouting of rightist disruption mushrooms is being slurped up by an abandoned citizenry like Grail Messages?

Or is this diffuse concept EU doomed because all its borders have to stay open? Since, as the German Chancellor – who simultaneously writes into her subjects’ annals that a 3,000 kilometre-long border as Germany has it cannot be controlled anyway – tells her citizens that otherwise the Euro will have failed. Just like the EU with its 14,000 kilometres of borders, cannot be expected to control them all?

And those who think they know better and tell people that ’Schengen ’ should under all circumstances have been adhered to and that the exterior borders should have been protected are told that, after the interior borders had fallen, they perhaps learned nothing at all from the world financial crisis that, too, was initiated by the Americans. After all, did anybody care about the Maastricht Rules when the individual governments hastily saved their banks because the economic control mechanisms had failed – or that is at least how they interpreted it – and, consequently, everybody had to return to the ’primate of politics’ as a matter of course?

And that is how we are going to continue, no matter what! As it is, the safety packages and soft budget limitations are an excellent tool for keeping the interest rates of ’Mr. Draghi’s EZB’ low and even for, without any shame, indebting ourselves even more without having to deal with the intricacies of debt reduction and structural reforms as the usual dumb asses demand!

What a pity that parts of the population and the EU and currency union get more and more dissatisfied regardless: masses of them run towards the leftist parties in the south and towards the right extremists and national conservatives in the north and east, instead of at long last becoming wise and taking their example from good old Germany – this is true for the euro crisis, the refugee crisis and the energy revolution! It would be quite easy, wouldn’t it?

Even if there might be the danger that the occasional wisecrack who believes that Germany, based on well-meaning, will actually do the wrong thing due to its uncoordinated policy, thereby threatening to destroy the peace project of a unified Europe. One of those wisecracks is he historian Heinrich August Winkler. He says: It is part of our German responsibility to kiss inflated moral egos that especially progressively inclined Germans world-wide possess good-bye. It is an erroneous belief that we, if necessary even all by ourselves, have to realize the good things. It must not become our lives’ lie!“

Hm – how confusing! This is definitely not what our Federal Chancellor thinks?

But maybe the man actually has a point?

KH
(Translated by Evelyn)

3 Kommentare zu “Woebegone Europe – What Exactly Is It?”

  1. rd (Tuesday February 14th, 2017)

    Lieber Klaus,
    Dein Bild sagt doch alles.

    Die Politiker Europas sind gefangen zwischen der Oligarchie der Parteien und der Herrschaft der Lobbyisten. Sie treten auf wie schlechte Kabarettisten und mogeln sich mit moralischen Belehrungen durch. Sie beschwören Werte, die sie nicht interessieren. Schlimmer, offensichtlich wissen nicht mal was diese bedeuten.

    Das geht gut, weil wir in der EU immer noch auf einer Insel der Seligen leben, die beliebige Wohlstandsreserven zu haben scheint und einen Reichtum produziert, der schier unfassbar ist. So lebt es sich für die Mehrheit bei uns immer noch recht angenehm. Die banale Erkenntnis, das dieser Wohlstand nur funktioniert, weil wir Dritte und die Umwelt in unvorstellbarem Masse ausbeuten, ignorieren wir.

    Und jetzt kommt Martin Schulz, der ein Meister des Strippenziehens zu sein scheint. Im Europa-Parlament hat er all das maßgeblich vorangetrieben und unterstützt, was Europa schadet und uns weh tut. Er wird als Retter der SPD gefeiert, weil er es schafft, populistische Sätze relativ authentisch wiederzugeben. Dies und die Unbeliebtheit seines Vorgänger sind die Gründe dafür, dass die SPD plötzlich die von CDU/CSU in den Wahl-Umfragen überholen.

    Gleichzeitig grüßt Madeira und ein Deutscher Minister feiert euphorisch eine Mangofabrik in Afrika, die letzten Endes Strukturen vernichtet und Ostafrika noch mal kräftig mit Plastik verseucht.

    Derweil wird das Verhalten der etablierten Politiker immer mehr als Heuchelei und Scheinheiligkeit wahr genommen und treibt die Menschen in die Arme der sogenannten Populisten.

    Wenn es nicht so lustig wäre müsste man weinen. Und mir bleibt mal wieder nur die morbide Freude am Untergang eines miserablen Systems.

  2. rd (Tuesday February 14th, 2017)

    Das auf dem Bild könnten auch Carl & Gerlinde sein 🙂

  3. KH (Tuesday February 14th, 2017)

    Ja lieber Roland dieser Gedanke drängt sich einem fast auf. Doch soweit ich weiß ist Gerlinde schlanker und Carl trägt keine Brille – aber mit diesem Herrn Martin Schulz tun sie sich auch beide schwer, und der aktuelle Zustand Europas erfüllt sie auch mit Sorge…

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