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"After the end of Communism in 1989, the EU became a geostrategic project, closely intertwined with the US’s geostrategy in relation to Russia.. the EU became a neoliberal empire"
Professor Wolfgang Streeck, Cologne, Germany.
spiked-online.com/2019/03/29/the… via @FraserMyers
"The EU’s de facto constitution consists of the Treaty of European Union, which is practically impossible to revise, and the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which only the court itself can revise."
"The neoliberal core of the EU as an institution and the results of European integration were intended by its framers to be eternal and irreversible."
"Today, the left-liberal ideal of internationalism has been hijacked by neoliberal anti-statism, and international solidarity is identified with free markets. This is purely ideological, and it doesn’t speak well for the political acuity of the left middle-class.."
"EU propaganda enlists people’s desire for peace and friendship to rob them of their most important institutional heritage: the nation state. The nation state is the only site of a politics amenable to anything like a redistributive state or an egalitarian democracy."
"Why has the left become so attached to the EU?"
"The EU is a deplorably undemocratic institutional construct that is so complex that you cannot understand how it works without extensive investigation.. This means that you can read almost anything into it."
"To many British citizens, the UK means colonialism. They seem to believe that ‘Europe’ never had colonies, so they want to be ‘Europeans’ rather than ‘little Englanders’. This is even worse in Germany..If you meet someone who says they are ‘from Europe’, they are from Germany."
"With the European anaesthetics withdrawn, workers and voters might remember the British tradition of powerful trade unions and a universal welfare state, get together again, strike for better employment conditions, and elect a Labour government worthy of that name."
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