EURO­CRATS DEMON­STRATE A CON­TEMPT FOR DEMOC­RACY

Europe’s myopic elites smear pa­tri­ots as racist and frame democrats as xeno­phobes

The Australian - - COMMENTARY - JEN­NIFER ORIEL

The fu­ture of Europe is not Western civil­i­sa­tion. The EU has de­manded the dis­man­tling of in­ter­nal bor­ders used to stop mass im­mi­gra­tion from Is­lamist regimes and Africa. It has is­sued veiled threats to Bri­tain, cen­sured Hun­gary and taken aim at dis­si­dent states.

The EU is not an ally of lib­eral democ­racy, in any tra­di­tional sense of the word lib­eral or democ­racy. It is a leviathan mov­ing against the tide of lib­erty, democ­racy and hu­man en­light­en­ment.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker claims to cham­pion Europe and democ­racy. But his sup­posed lib­er­al­ism is viewed by some as a cover for ex­tremely il­lib­eral prac­tices such as de­stroy­ing demo­cratic na­tions by break­ing bor­ders. Juncker’s rep­u­ta­tion took a blow af­ter Lon­don’s The Tele­graph quoted him as say­ing: “When it be­comes se­ri­ous, you have to lie … I’m ready to be in­sulted as be­ing in­suf­fi­ciently demo­cratic … I am for se­cret, dark de­bates.”

It is fair to say that on Septem­ber 12, Juncker de­liv­ered an “in­suf­fi­ciently demo­cratic” blue­print for the fu­ture of Europe. He in­sisted that in­ter­nal bor­ders be dis­man­tled. He out­lined plans to make Europe a sov­er­eign ac­tor in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions with a fully op­er­a­tional de­fence sys­tem.

He de­clared the EU could not count on “old alliances” forged af­ter World War II. And, to cel­e­brate his fi­nal state of the union ad­dress, he said: “To speak of the fu­ture, one must speak of Africa — Europe’s twin con­ti­nent. Africa is the fu­ture.”

It would be use­ful for the un­elected of­fi­cials dis­man­tling Europe one bor­der at a time to clar­ify which Africa is Europe’s fu­ture. Is it the sharia-tot­ing Is­lamist regimes of the north, or the thiev­ing com­mu­nists of Africa’s deep racist south that sing songs about white geno­cide? Don’t ex­pect clar­i­fi­ca­tion any time soon. Juncker clearly has more im­por­tant things to do, such as de­fend­ing his record as EC pres­i­dent. He has cho­sen a sub­tle method of self-pro­mo­tion — un­abashed self-pro­mo­tion. Juncker did not want to pro­vide a four-year per­for­mance re­view as a part of his fi­nal ad­dress be­cause: “The time has not yet come to pass judg­ment on the com­mis­sion I have the hon­our of pre­sid­ing over.” Au con­traire, the time is well over­due.

In re­cent years, the EC has presided over the mass migration of ter­ror­ists, hu­man traf­fick­ers, rapists, wel­fare cheats and crim­i­nals into Europe. It has fa­cil­i­tated the rise of ji­had as a Euro­pean con­di­tion by mak­ing states open their bor­ders to mil­lions of mi­grants from the Is­lamic world at the height of Is­lamic State’s war on the West. Its open-bor­der pol­icy has re­sulted in the mass mur­der of Euro­pean cit­i­zens by Is­lamists, the mass sex­ual as­sault of women and girls, the cen­sor­ship of free speech to pro­tect Is­lamist sen­si­bil­i­ties and the sup­pres­sion of dis­sent.

Euro­crats have not con­fined their con­tempt for Western cul­ture to the main­land. They took aim when Bri­tons voted to leave the EU to se­cure a fu­ture of self­de­ter­mi­na­tion, le­gal and po­lit­i­cal lib­erty. The Brexit ref­er­en­dum pro­duced the largest voter turnout since the 1992 gen­eral elec­tion. Ahead of the vote, the Tory gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to re­ject­ing deeper in­te­gra­tion with the EU and re­turn­ing pow­ers over na­tional se­cu­rity, polic­ing, im­mi­gra­tion and asy­lum pol­icy to Bri­tain.

The EU’s re­sponse to Brexit demon­strates con­tempt for par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy in ac­tion. Juncker warned that Bri­tons would come to re­gret their choice to leave the EU. Last week, he gave some in­di­ca­tion of what re­gret might look like. He drove a po­lit­i­cal wedge be­tween Bri­tain and Ire­land, say­ing the EU would work in sol­i­dar­ity to pre­vent a “hard bor­der” in Northern Ire­land, but for good mea­sure he added that the EU would re­spond if the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment did not up­hold the Good Fri­day Agree­ment. He blamed the demo­cratic will of the Bri­tish peo­ple for his hard­line stance: “It is not the Euro­pean Union, it is Brexit that risks mak­ing the bor­der more vis­i­ble in Northern Ire­land.” That is in­suf­fi­ciently demo­cratic and in­suf­fi­ciently fac­tual.

At ev­ery mo­ment in the de­cline of EU sol­i­dar­ity, its ex­ec­u­tive arm has deep­ened the gulf be­tween the rulers and the ruled. Euro­crats have re­fused to com­pro­mise on the key is­sues that turn peo­ple against its vi­sion for fu­ture Europe. They de­mean demo­cratic cit­i­zens for up­hold­ing the ba­sic right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion. In the face of demo­cratic dis­sent, they use soft­power tac­tics to cat­e­gorise free speech as hate speech, and ex­ert ex­ter­nal con­trol of state sovereignty and na­tional cul­ture. When demo­cratic cit­i­zens vote against the EU’s open bor­der plans by elect­ing pa­tri­ots, Euro­crats en­gage in cam­paigns of vil­i­fi­ca­tion. The pre­dictable re­sult is pub­lic back­lash in the form of pop­ulist re­volt. Europe’s myopic elites smear pa­tri­ots as racist and frame democrats as xeno­phobes. They deny na­tion-states the sov­er­eign right to se­cure bor­ders. All of it is un­rea­son­able and of­fen­sive, but when the EU threat­ened to sue na­tions whose cit­i­zens voted for se­cure bor­der pol­icy in demo­cratic elec­tions, it crossed a red line.

The re­volt against the EU is spread­ing across the con­ti­nent. But Europe’s elites have fo­cused their laser vi­sion on Hun­gary. On the same day that Juncker’s fi­nal state of the union ad­dress, they spear­headed a res­o­lu­tion to cen­sure Hun­gary for fail­ing to up­hold EU values. Dutch Green MEP Ju­dith Sar­gen­tini has led the charge against Hun­gary’s pa­tri­otic Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban. The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment voted 448-197 in favour of tak­ing ac­tion against Hun­gary un­der Ar­ti­cle 7 of the Treaty on Euro­pean Union. While of­fi­cial sanc­tion can re­sult in a mem­ber state los­ing vot­ing rights, there are sev­eral sep­a­rate votes re­quired and Hun­gary’s con­ser­va­tive al­lies have in­di­cated they will not sup­port fur­ther ac­tion. Poland’s for­eign min­istry is­sued a state­ment warn­ing that sanc­tions would deepen di­vi­sions within the EU and dis­trust in its in­sti­tu­tions.

Euro­crats run the risk of di­vid­ing Europe. Their dis­re­gard for demo­cratic self-de­ter­mi­na­tion is pro­duc­ing a back­lash in the form of pop­ulist re­volt. The threats they is­sue to dis­senters will cre­ate a dis­si­dent class of states that seeks strength in unity and so­lace in strong­man states such as Rus­sia. Euro­peans are fac­ing a fu­ture where the only choice left is lib­eral tyranny or il­lib­eral democ­racy.

Its open-bor­der pol­icy has re­sulted in the mass mur­der of Euro­pean cit­i­zens by Is­lamists

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