Tuesday, February 28

Former Soviet Dissident Predicts Collapse of the European Union

The EU has problems:

Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a fullfledged totalitarian state.

There is an important difference between Mr. Bukovksy and people who accuse the US of being a totalitarian state. Mr. Bukovksy is a victim of a totalitarian state. That experience lends credibility to his observations, since he has seen it before, unlike all this twenty-year-olds that protest in DC without knowing what they are protesting against. (Merely being able to protest acts as proof against their "Bush=Nazi" accusations.)

I have to say that he has a convincing story. If you want, you can make correlations between the Soviet Union and the US, but that comparison falls apart when you take into account the actions of the two Governments, instead of just the basic structure. (Like both the US and USSR had elections....)

Paul Belien (Brussels Journal): But all these countries that joined the European Union did so voluntarily.

VB: No, they did not. Look at Denmark which voted against the Maastricht treaty twice. Look at Ireland [which voted against the Nice treaty]. Look at many other countries, they are under enormous pressure. It is almost blackmail. Switzerland was forced to vote five times in a referendum. All five times they have rejected it, but who knows what will happen the sixth time, the seventh time. It is always the same thing. It is a trick for idiots. The people have to vote in referendums until the people vote the way that is wanted. Then they have to stop voting. Why stop? Let us continue voting. The European Union is what Americans would call a shotgun marriage.

The EU was born during the time of the Soviet Union. It only makes sense that it's development was influenced by the presence of the USSR just next door. Something that should be investigated is whether or not European officials colluded with the Soviet Union or were planning some sort of (economic) integration with the Soviet Union.

Today’s situation is really grim. Major political parties have been completely taken in by the new EU project. None of them really opposes it. They have become very corrupt. Who is going to defend our freedoms? It looks like we are heading towards some kind of collapse, some kind of crisis. The most likely outcome is that there will be an economic collapse in Europe, which in due time is bound to happen with this growth of expenses and taxes. The inability to create a competitive environment, the overregulation of the economy, the bureaucratisation, it is going to lead to economic collapse. Particularly the introduction of the euro was a crazy idea. Currency is not supposed to be political.

The EU, at least the "Old Europe" countries of the EU are and are going to continue to have problems. Is the EU going to collapse? I don't think so. At least I suspect that if things fall apart, it will not be as much a disaster as when the Soviet Union fell apart. After all, the EU is not the owner of all businesses within the bloc, like the USSR was. Nor are the member-state Governments appointed by the EU. It also helps that the "New Europe" EU members have healthy, growing economies, which will hopefully force reform onto the other members. One could hope.

How is the EU going to dig themselves out of this Problem? Why hasn't anyone suggested that Russia join the EU? Or would that interfere with the Europen wish for another Superpower to be born. (I am referring to Russia, not the EU)

The interview and transcript of the speech are at:

Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship - Brussels Journal

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