As the fire rages on, the citizenry floods the streets, and political turmoil reigns supreme in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are telling everyone to please disperse because everything is fine and there’s nothing to see here.
Thanks to 2016’s historic Brexit vote, the European Union mandate is being threatened. Despite the denials emanating from left-leaning news outlets, other nations are interested in their own emancipation from Brussels, whether it is the growing Frexit movement or the Grexit push. It’s only a matter of time before this failed experiment enters the dustbins of history and will be remembered as fondly as the Ice Capades or Nickelback.
To stave off the eurozone’s inevitable demise, the bloc’s two biggest markets are in the beginning phases of forming a superstate, and it could present the next step toward global government. France and Germany will sign a so-called twinning pact at the end of January, an unprecedented policy maneuver that could serve as a blueprint for the future of the E.U.
Under this new agreement, the two nations will share defense, economic, and foreign policies and unite in a diplomatic front.
Ministers from both governments will be permitted to sit in each other’s cabinet meetings, policies will be presented with the goal of moving towards economic convergence, and security forces will cooperate closely in tackling organized crime and terrorism. For now, the primary objective is to get Germany accepted as a permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council.
Perhaps the most terrifying prospect of them all is the promotion of Eurodistricts. This will consist of the Franco-German partnership merging public transportation, water, and electricity networks. Berlin and Paris believe they can incentivize cross-border support by offering subsidies for shared hospitals, environmental projects, and joint business ventures.
Officials, who worked on this deal for the past year, say this extension to the 1963 Elysee Treaty will help confront challenges in the 21st century:
“Both states will deepen their cooperation in foreign affairs, defence, external and internal security and development and at the same time work on strengthening the ability of Europe to act independently.
(We) envisage deepening our engagement in favour of security and prosperity of our peoples in the framework of a more sovereign, united and democratic Europe.
Both states will deepen the integration of their economies towards a German-French economic area with common rules.”
The signing ceremony is scheduled to take place in Aachen, Germany, which was the chosen home and capital city of Charlemagne, a ninth-century king and religious figure who has been called the “father of Europe,” because he united Eastern and Western Europe for the first time after the fall of the Roman Empire.
As Macron and Merkel are attempting to bolster the pro-E.U. alliance, there are other European leaders trying to enhance the euroskeptic blitzkrieg.
…there are other European leaders trying to enhance the euroskeptic blitzkrieg.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini traveled to Poland, where he is looking to get Rome and Warsaw to join forces to “be part of the new spring of Europe, the renaissance of European values.” Ostensibly, the populist leaders in these countries are on the hunt to establish a euroskeptic entente ahead of the next session of European Parliament voting.
With ballooning discontent in several eurozone nations including Hungary, Greece, and the Czech Republic, anti-E.U. viewpoints are being represented far and wide. There are plenty of skeptical voices being heard even across Germany, Denmark, Austria, and France – countries that are generally pro-E.U.
Frexit, Italexit, Nexit, and Swexit. Who will be the next nation to announce they are getting off the sinking ship? Better yet, considering how British politicians are dragging their feet and making the Brexit process deliberately slow, perhaps the question should be: Will Brussels even permit another member nation to hold a referendum on whether to withdraw from the union? The E.U. is a cult, and cults never allow you to leave of your own accord.