The Pipe Dream of a „European Empire“ Pushed in Paris

The European Union is headed for a tumultuous month of December, facing greater opposition than ever within member states. In respose, the desperate Eurocrats are going all out now for a supranational state, better known as an “empire”.

French President Emmanuel Macron created a huge stir shortly before the celebrations for the commemoration of WWI in Paris on Nov. 11, by issuing a call for the creation of a “European Army” to protect against Russia, China and… the United States. (An obvious jab to President Donald Trump, which was not the last provocation the French President was to stage during Trump’s visit to Paris.) In an interview with CNN on Nov. 11, Macron also called on the EU to become more independent from the dollar.

Chancellor Angela Merkel supported the proposal for a common intervention force, in a speech before the European Parliament on Nov. 13, but stressed that it would operate within the NATO alliance, until “one day” a “true European Army” can be created.

Just days later, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, in an interview to Handelsblatt, called outright for a European empire: „It’s about Europe having to become a kind of empire, as China is, and as the U.S. is.“ He quickly added that he meant a “peaceful empire”, but one powerful enough to defend itself “in the world of tomorrow”.

That brings us to the hidden face of the European Union. After all, British strategist Robert Cooper, former aide in the EU to Javier Solana and adviser to then Prime Minister Tony Blair, openly recommended extending the EU as a “cooperative empire”, while former European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called the EU “a non imperial empire”, supposedly because entrance was on a voluntary basis. The common thread in all these schemes is the weakening of the nation-state in favor of supranational, non- representative government.

But one is reminded of the drowning man clinging to a straw — given the growing disunity withing the EU:

  • The clash between Rome and Brussels is out in the open, as the Italian government refuses the budget-slashing methods imposed by the Troika in favor of growth and development.
  • In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has already begun her exit from the political stage, which may take place more rapidly than she expected. The “grand coalition” in Berlin is at a historic low, while its economic and energy policy, if upheld, guarantees the destruction of the once powerful German economy.
  • EU member states in Eastern Europe continue to defy the diktats from Brussels, while strengthening cooperation with China.
  • As for Great Britain, after Theresa May announced an agreement with the EU over the Brexit strategy, a revolt broke out including in her own party. Sixteen ministers have resigned over the past year, eight of them directly over the Brexit issue. How long the government can last remains an open question.
  • In France itself, Emmanuel Macron may consider himself as the “savior” of Europe, but the French population is not buying into his illusions. His popularity is down to 25% and falling, as popular protests take off throughout the country and a mass strike ferment develops He has also been harshly criticized for perverting the commemoration ceremonies of November 11 in Paris into a display of his own person.