Why Europeans Hate Europe: Is the European Union Falling Apart?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 16:29 PM
January 16, 2014

Eng Jump Ship    Increasingly unhappy Europeans claim the European Union (EU) frays at the seams, and indeed may be falling apart. Apparently, suppression of: National, cultural or political identities; Freedom of speech; Nations’ economic liberties, etc. has many Europeans screaming to get out of Europe, or at least out of the EU.

Britain’s Finance Minister, George Osborne, warns that the rise of new economic powers in China and India pushes the EU into irrelevance. Many in England are tired of EU ‘right to work’ laws which tax that nation’s welfare system.  Just yesterday Osborne warns the EU to reform or England would leave!

Many Europeans chafe under subtle restrictions against free speech.  In ‘European Hate Speech Laws,’ legal-project.org points to three opaque EU Laws–– the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Religious Discrimination (CERD), and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) discusses such laws:

“Article 10 of the ECHR, for example, grants the freedom of expression to all, but the exercise of this right is conditioned on conformity with the restrictions necessary, inter alia, ‘for the protection of the reputation and rights of others’.”

Going further, “Article 4(a) of the CERD obligates signatories to make ‘all dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or hatred’ a punishable offense, while Article 20 of the ICCPR requires outlawing ‘any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence’.”  So, say the wrong thing and you go to jail. Some freedom!

Andrea Mammonejan’s New York Times opinion page article, ‘Europeans United, in Hating Europe,’ is repeated exposing-European-hate-speech-lawsthroughout the internet, and usually as fact, not opinion.  She writes:  “ . . . two far-right, nationalist politicians—Marine Le Pen of France and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands—have reached across borders to form a Pan-European group dedicated to weakening the European Union.”

She posits these groups oppose immigration and “share a skepticism about the free flow of labor and capital across the Continent . . . Europe’s far-right nationalists have often united in search of an “other” to oppose, exclude, resist, restrict or oppress — historically, minorities like Jews, homosexuals, the disabled, Roma, Marxists and, more recently, Arabs, Africans and Asians.

‘Europe’ “as an idea and a community, has weakened. The European Union’s byzantine governance makes it seem unaccountable.  Its leaders . . . are little known outside of elite circles.” Germany’s tight fiscal policies, unknowable monetary controls, unsustainable youth unemployment, more Muslim immigrants, declining birthrates, aging populations––all contribute to increasing EU malaise.

Originally, EU founders wanted it to be ‘the United States of Europe.‘ But early on critics warned that unless Europe literally became one nation, elite classism, coveted multi-lingual and cultural identities, and ties to old histories would make such a union impossible.  Those critics were right.

Unless it will be in eternity, there is and never will be another country like the United States of America.  Created by English immigrants who came to find: 1) Freedom of religion; and 2) Freedom to secure financial prosperity, this nation has been uniquely blessed by God. As the social construction of reality chimes: “God Bless the U.S.A.,”  “Grace be with you all. Amen (Hebrews 13: 25).”

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