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March 08, 2017

The depressing truth behind the new multi-speed Europe

Frankfurter Allgemeine has a long article about the European People’s Party policy paper ahead of its annual meeting, which will take place in Malta later this month. Herman van Rompuy, former president of the European Council, and Elmar Brok, Germany’s longest serving MEP, presented that document with a comment we found depressingly revealing. This is not a direct quote of what they said, but an indirect quote by the author of the article - but, since we know him, we have no reason to assume that this distorted (emphasis ours): 

“They don’t see any chances for treaty change, which have to be agreed unanimously and through risky referendums. Instead, the priority should be to convey a sense a security to the citizens through ‘results’ in a number of policy areas; migration, terrorism, tensions in our immediate neightbourhood that forces the EU to act.”

What we find astonishing is that there seems to be no interest whatsoever to solve actual problems, but only to convey that this is being done. The assumption behind this is that the EU is doing a good job, but has to communicate better - the mantra of every unsuccessful government campaign in history. If you believe that, politics turns into a communication exercise. In other words: first, they fail to solve the problem; then they continue to fail to solve the problem, with the only difference that they explain it better.

We wish the EPP good luck.

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