European Union Consumes Nations, Threatens U.S.
Europe as we have known it is disappearing. Soon
there will be no France, no Germany, no Italy, no
Austria, no Spain, no Denmark, no Belgium, no Holland,
no Greece, no Ireland, no Great Britain. Every country
will be gone. In their place will be the
The sovereign countries of continental Europe and
Great Britain are products of unique histories and
rich cultural distinctiveness. Each country`s language,
art, literature, philosophy, music, architecture,
cuisine, and mores reflects the uniqueness of each
This amazing diversity is to be replaced with an
artificial creation that has no history and no language.
What is the European Union but a centralized bureaucracy
with a monetary unit?
What explains this amazing demise of countries,
which, hitherto, were staunch guardians of their
The initial impetus came from the free trade belief
that dismantling tariff boundaries would prevent wars by
creating economic interdependence through the European
Common Market. From this common market would come more
wealth and prosperity to aid the postwar reconstruction
of Europe and to thwart communist expansion.
Once the Common Market was underway, other arguments
and developments turned a plan for economic integration
into political union.
Arguments were made that free trade would have
differential effects and be unfair unless countries had
comparable tax, monetary and budgetary policies. The
implication was extra-national law and a common
French fear of Germany fueled determination to bind
the countries in political union.
Intellectual and propagandistic assaults on
“chauvinistic” national identities eroded country
loyalties, while rising anti-Americanism produced a
desire for a European superstate capable of resisting
Britain`s uncertainty of its place in the world,
together with the Labour Party`s program of dismantling
traditional England, placed the U.K. in European hands.
The finishing touch to the demise of the sovereignty
of European countries is being supplied by a centralized
European bureaucracy. Technically, the European Union is
a treaty arrangement entered into by sovereign states.
But in fact, the European Commission and a European
“court” created to arbitrate disputes are creating
European law and ruling by edicts. Witness the
extraordinary fact that European Union law exists
prior to the existence of the European Union state.
The European Union is creating itself by successfully
exercising power. Various member countries complain and
kick up a fuss, but EU edicts are regularly followed.
For example, since the dawn of aviation, sovereignty
has meant the right of a country to control its own air
space and the landing rights of foreign airlines.
Recently, the “European Court”
ruled that member countries had, unbeknownst to
themselves, given up the right to enter into treaties
relating to air service and declared all existing
agreements null and void. The “court” asserted that
sovereignty over airspace resided in the European
These opponents, many of them legally learned, might
well be correct. However, the test of sovereignty under
international law is given by the answer to the
question: “Are the edicts of the European Union
regularly followed in the territories over which the EU
claims governance?” If the answer to this factual
question is “yes,” then the European Union is the
Many wonder what public choice model or theory of
government behavior explains the willingness of national
politicians to give up power by ceding sovereignty to
the European Union. The surrender of sovereignty has
dire implications for the British, because it means the
end of the
habeas corpus and
trial by jury – protections to which they are
For the U.S. it means the loss of our most important
ally and the rise of a competitive state and reserve
Blind to the challenges that Europe will soon be
hurling, the U.S. is preoccupied with Iraq, an
insignificant state that can project neither military
nor economic power.
No politician comprehends the implications of the
demise of European sovereignties. Gabriel Kolko in his
Another Century of War?, puts his finger on the
“Those who become the
leaders of states are ultimately conformists on most
crucial issues, and individuals who evaluate information
in a rational manner–and therefore frequently criticize
traditional premises–are weeded out early in their
Thus does the U.S. initiate war in the Middle East
while ignoring the rise of major rivals, China and the
European Union, capable of terminating U.S. hegemony in
the Pacific and the Atlantic.
Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.