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Monday, November 20, 2017

Europe is slipping deeper into crisis – and less see a way out of it


The events of recent days have exposed that the European Union is faced with a system call. Not everyone in his government is ready to confront reality, preferring to explain conspiracy theories and the “hand of the Kremlin”. And put forward even sober people recipes of improvement are more to the field of fairy tales than to reality.

In Europe, or rather in the European Union, week of disobedience.

“It is not without irony that the process launched by the EU, came back to him like a boomerang, and now the regions are successfully torpedo an important European projects”

Hungarian Prime Minister – and one of the main European “troublemakers” – Viktor Orban again expressed everything he thinks about what is happening in the EU. In addition to the usual right-wing rhetoric he has also made a focused attack against the European bureaucracy, accusing it of nothing less than the “Sovietization”, and it is in the desire of Brussels to “tell us with whom we should live in our own country.”

In turn, the past 20 and 21 October EU summit revealed several lines of political and economic rifts within the Union.

First, proved fruitless, attempt to agree on new package of sanctions against Russia, this time over Syria. Insiders claim that the main instigator, had blocked them, was made by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi. However, it is obvious that he was clearly not alone in this matter as dissatisfaction with the sanctions policy and the worsening of relations with Russia has long been a cause of division in the common European home. Moreover, more and more fierce.

Second, Wallonia and the capital region Brussels (the irony – Brussels Belgian disgruntled European Brussels) refused to approve the EU has long pressed the ratification of the agreement on trade-economic cooperation between the EU and Canada (SET). As a result, instead of the ceremonial signing is scheduled for October 27, Europe there are still months of work and coordination.

One of the trends of development of Europe in recent decades has been regionalization, decreasing the power of national structures through delegation of more functions to the level of the regions and at the supranational European level. The reasons for this were many, and some of them really helped to solve the accumulated problems. But the main thing was the narrowing of the control of the national state, the erosion of the space of national sovereignty. It is not without irony that the process launched by the EU, came back to him like a boomerang, and for some regions, not States, successfully torpedo an important European projects and initiatives.

France for its part continues to prevent the conclusion of the EC Treaty with the United States on a trading partner, refusing to call even approximately the date of his possible signing, but firmly arguing that this year it will not happen.

Thirdly, the media witnessed a very nervous reaction of the European Commission President Juncker on the issue of negotiations with the Prime Minister of Britain, which immediately gave rise to speculation of how tense was the atmosphere at the summit.

Brickset increasingly shifted from the region of theorizing into the sphere of practical implementation. And this entails a rather gloomy predictions, such as that in the case of the hard scenario of a British exit from the EU, European companies will lose annually to 8 billion pounds (9.7 billion dollars) more than the British.

Against this background, no wonder looks alarmist statement by the foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the zone of turbulence, which hit the European Union and even about its possible collapse. When this can not but rejoice that the German foreign Minister sees the roots of the current problems in the objective problems facing at the moment Europe: from refugee to financial crisis.

Such sanity stands out against the speeches of other representatives of the European establishment. In particular, all the same occasion, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk accused the Russian strategy aimed at the weakening of the European Union. This, in turn, has caused the standard of rebuttal, though not without an ironic studs, from the Russian side: “We want to see the EU United, strong, positive about our country and, most importantly, more independent in decision-making.”

However, even soberly assessing the situation, problems and threats Steinmeier as a way out of the situation sees communication “with all stakeholders” and a tour with the numerous meetings with citizens. Given that the European agenda are really crucial for the European Union issues is not very clear how they could be solved through conversations with citizens.

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