The revolts in France against Emmanuel Macron and his policies have increasingly moved in the direction of a mass strike process; Great Britain threatens to sink into chaos over the Brexit policy, while the government is disintegrating; and in Germany, the two major parties of the post-war period are in a shambles, but nonetheless determined to stay their disastrous course, as seen in the recent CDU election. In short, the leaders of the three largest countries in the EU are finally being presented the bill for their failure to protect and defend the common good.
As the chairwoman of the Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche pointed out in a Dec. 8 article, the common denominator among the governments of those countries is their failure to grasp the reasons for the political upheaval of the past two years. They can’t seem to understand the long arc stretching from the Brexit vote in Great Britain in June 2016, to the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the U.S. and then the election of an anti-austerity, allegedly “populist” government in Italy, up to the mass protests today in France around the Yellow Vests, as well as similar tendencies burgeoning in other EU member states.
In all these countries, the respective populations are rising up against the injustices of the neo-liberal trans-Atlantic system. And what the representatives of that system have in common, wrote Helga Zepp-LaRouche, is their “quasi hysterical conviction that they themselves are the best, the wisest and the greatest, who could never lose an election, and that therefore only Putin could be responsible for their defeat.”
In that context, Zepp-LaRouche notes that the European Commission now intends, six months before the European elections, to beef up the task force created in 2015 to counteract alleged Russian disinformation, by more than doubling its budget by 2019 up to five million euros. In coordination with social networks such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others, which are all part and parcel of the surveillance machine of the “deep state” in the U.S., “this task force is supposed to facilitate exchanges about Russian fake news and interference in election campaigns. And, to no one’s surprise, some are already beginning to claim that Russia is behind the Yellow Vest movement.”
Nonetheless, there is also a growing awareness in Europe of the need to establish good, peaceful relations with Russia and to cooperate with China in the Belt and Road Initiative in order to ensure growth and development. In that light, it is ironic that the Italian government is now relatively stable, compared to that of France, Germany and Great Britain.
There is a way out of all these various crises in Europe, which Zepp-LaRouche again proposes: “the sovereign nations of Europe should work together with China, Russia and Trump’s America to develop the New Silk Road on the basis of mutual advantage.”
The article by Helga Zepp-LaRouche is available in German here.