The European National Party is an initiative by Erik Schrama
RIGHT NOW, THERE IS NOT ONE PARTY OR POLITICIAN IN EUROPE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND A NEW, UNITED EUROPE
UNTIL NOW... #ENP | @SCHRAMAE | #MEGA
YOU EITHER BELIEVE IN FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS
AND THE NEED FOR EUROPEAN UNITY. OR YOU DON'T.
IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
AND WE BELIEVE IN IT.
BECAUSE THESE ARE THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF THE E.N.P.
The European National Party is a new European political movement created with the aim of giving the dysfunctional E.U. the reform it requires, by transforming it into a democratic European federation, where Europe works together to achieve great things, but without losing Europe's unique cultures and languages into Brussels' Eurocratic uniformity.
A SHORT WORD ...
In early 2021, I decided to found the E.N.P. because of my disappointment with the low quality of Europe's political leadership, as well as the current state of Europe in general and the European movement in particular. It seemed that pro-European politics had been taken over by the kind of radical political amateurs who think you can deal with the global domination of China, the U.S. and Russia by appeasing them at every turn and who seem to believe that you can solve Europe's current democratic deficit by breaking up European countries into chunks, by levelling Europe's cultural heritage into a generic, grey Euro-slush, and by just giving everybody faster mobile internet ...
Instead of focussing on trivial things, I wanted to create a current in the pro-European movement that is concerned about repairing the basics of our European democracy: A democratic, free, united and strong Europe, guided by Europeans who actually care about Europe!
DO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THE MISSION OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONAL PARTY? YOU CAN!
Do you also think that Europe would be stronger together?
Do you also believe it's time to stop playing political games, but get our act together in the face of the aggressive ambitions of China, the U.S. and Russia?
Do you also think that Europe could achieve great things
(such as put a man on Mars ...) if we just worked together?
Do you want to contribute to the success of our European mission
to make our continent free, democratic and independent?
Or would you simply like to support an independent pro-European voice in European politics, who wants a fair deal for Europe's native languages, cultures and peoples?
Then please support my work by making a personal donation!
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THE E.N.P.'S PROGRAM (what do we stand for?)
#1 | EUROPEAN REFORM
Let's face it: the European Union does not work. For the past two decades or so, the E.U. has failed to deal with every crisis it has been faced with. Clearly, this is a problem that needs to be solved, fast!
This is why we want to reform the E.U. into a real European (con)federation, starting by:
-> Getting rid of the national veto, which has blocked Europe from taking any kind of action on anything important. Instead, European policy should be created by simple majority voting.
-> Transforming the European Commission into an elected European government;
-> Turning the European Council into an elected European Senate or House of Representatives;
-> Transforming the European Parliament into a real parliament, by giving it the power of initiative (I.e. the power to make laws) in those sectors of government that should be the responsibility of the European government (such as defence), but nothing more;
-> Creating a new European constitution, including a list of the inalienable human & civil rights of every European citizen.
-> Replacing the currently unelected presidents of the European Commission & Council with a single elected President of Europe.
#2 | A EUROPEAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC
The European Union does not work. To solve the current crisis of European democracy, we can go either forward or backward: Back to Europe as nothing more than an economic community of independent states, or forward to Europe as a global superpower. The European National Party believes in the ideal of Europe as a powerful democratic (con)federation.
How to practically get there: A European Federal Treaty
The only proper way of getting to a federal republic would be to take the same approach that many other countries have taken, the ones that started out as just a couple of self-governing colonies but ended up as fully worked-out federal states, such as the U.S., Australia and Canada, but also non-English-speaking countries such as Mexico, Brazil and the U.A.E..
In a purely European context, this would mean that we need to write a new European federal treaty to supercede and replace the Maastricht treaty, which will describe how the new European superstate will be organized; then get it through the EP and present it to the rest of the E.U., with an open-ended invitations to the various member-states to organize a plebiscite about it and if the local population votes in favour: Join the new United Europe - just like it happened in Australia, for instance. Then, once 6 European nations have voted to join (which should be a condition: That the treaty does not come into effect unless at least a certain number of countries have joined) the European Confederation/Federation comes into existence as a new nation, and a new force for good, on the world's stage.
It is, however, of vital importance that local people get a chance to vote on this. Formally giving up a country's sovereignty is too important and symbolic to allow just the national parliaments to decide. This is a decision that Europeans themselves need to make!
Without democracy, a United Europe cannot have any legitimacy.
A note on the territory of Europe:
Membership of the new European (Con)federation should be extended to all European nations, with the exception of Russia, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. The aim is to create a new European Federation, after all, not a "Republic of Eurasia".
#3 | A DIRECTLY ELECTED EUROPEAN PRESIDENT
Europe's current political leadership is frankly a disappointment. The members of the European Commission, as well as the presidents of the Commission and the Council have proven to be of very low quality. Why? Because they are not actually elected. Instead, the members of the Commission, as well as the "presidents of the E.U." are politically "reliable" insiders who have received their high-income (and totally untaxed!) luxury positions as a consolidation prize for having failed as politicians in their own home countries. To fix this part of Europe's democratic deficit, we want to replace the E.U.'s current presidents with a European president who is directly elected by the European people!
(And yes, I - Erik Schrama - aim to be Europe's first democratically elected president ;-) !)
#4 | A EUROPEAN DEFENSE FORCE
Right now, Europe depends for its defence against Russia, China and the rest of the world largely on the U.S. military. After all, since the end of the Second World War, most European nations have completely ignored their own national defences. We, however, believe that Europeans should defend themselves!
There are many powers in the world who consider Europe to be little more than an easy target, including the People's Republic of China, Putin's Russia, the U.S. and Iran. Over the years, these countries have committed clandestine acts of war on European soil (including large scale spying and technology theft by China, bomb attacks by Iran and assassinations by poisoning, shooting down the passenger airplane MH17 and even blowing up a Czech military installation carried out by Russia) without Europe being able to make a fist against these foreign aggressors. This is what we want to change!
How are we going to change this? By building a unified European Defense Force. This will combine all the individual armies, navies and airforces (and more) of the different European memberstates into a single hardhitting, unstoppable European defence force, that nobody will be able to mess with!
Funny enough, the structure for this EDF already exists (in the form of the European Defence Agency, the European General Staff and the European Battlegroup structure), we just need to implement it!
And indeed, Europe has already shown that it can operate as an effective, integrated military world power. Examples of these are Operation Artemis (the E.U. peacekeeping mission in the DRC), Operation Atalanta (the E.U.'s anti-piracy naval operation around Somalia), and more.
But to take it even further, and to ensure the safety and security of Europe in the face of both the regular armed forces of the other world powers, as well as both the clandestine & cultural offensive that countries like the PRC and the U.S. are currently engaged in against us, we propose to follow the Swedish example to adopt the strategy of "Total Defense" for all of Europe, which includes strengthening our common European military capabilities, but also strengthening our common European cutural sector, technology sector and more against foreign meddling.
We need to realize that we are not living in a friendly world; and that there are several powers out there who see us as both a potential competitor and as a useful target. Faced with that threat, we need to prepare and unite.
#5 | AN END TO "2-SPEED EUROPE"
We cannot build a united Europe if memberstates can "opt out" of several European rules. Everbody needs to be equal under the law and the law needs to apply equally to all members. This is why we want to ablish the concept of "2-speed Europe" and end the opt-outs of various European memberstates. This also means that in the end, all members of the new European (Con)federation need to adopt the Euro. We are either a united Europe, or we are not. It's that simple.
#6 | HONEST AND EQUITABLE EUROPEAN FINANCES
European solidarity is an admirable thing, but wholesale redistribution of wealth equals communism, not solidarity. It is simply not fair to demand of some member states of the E.U. to pay billions, while others recieve billions. It is simply not honest or fair, and is also a big argument used against the E.U. by eurosceptics (remember Brexit?).
In line with honest European finances, we also believe that European reckless spending (for instance on the yearly move between Brussels & Strassbourg) needs to be stopped and that the European Court of Auditors needs to have more control over the E.U.'s budget. In other words: We need to know where the money actually disappears to!
Similarly, we want to put an end to the tax-exempt status for Eurocrats, which means that they currently don't have to pay income tax as well as VAT, while the rest of the European population still has to pay. Is this fair? Of course not! Which is why we argue for making European bureaucrats and politicians also pay their taxes, just like everybody else.
#7 | ONE CAPITAL: BRUSSELS
It is ridiculous that the E.U. still holds to the fiction of having two legislative capitals: One in Brussels and the other in Strassbourg. In reality, Brussels is accepted by everybody as the capital city of Europe, and we want to stick to that. Just from a financial perspective: the whole yearly schlep of the European Parliament from Brussels to Strassbourg and back again costs millions! But to make it worse, the European parliament buildings in Strassbourg are notoriously badly built, with frequent structural problems and even collapses! This yearly trek is a wasteful and pointless process, and a prime example of European concensus politics, leading nowhere. This we want to change, immediately!
However, as a consolation prize for Strassbourg, we are willing to let the new democratically elected president of the E.U. take up residence in Strassbourg, making it the executive capital of Europe. This way, Strassbourg will not lose its identity as a European city.
#8 | A EUROPE OF NATIONS, NOT REGIONS
The concept of "a Europe of Regions" which is currently popular within the European political elite, and which entails the "cancellation" of Europe's historical countries, will destroy Europe's unique cultural and linguistic identities, replacing Europe's concept of "united in variety" by a culturally levelled Eurosausage and replacing Europe's 24 official languages with mandatory English for all (which is already the current reality in the E.U. hierarchy in Brussels).
The E.N.P. is the European National Party, not just because we believe in Europe as a Nation, but also because we stick up for Europe's traditional nations. We believe that Europe's countries and languages need to be respected, preserved and promoted and that the distinct ethnic identities of the inhabitants of the different nations should be protected.
#9 | A NEW EUROPEAN LANGUAGE FOR TRADE, POLITICS AND SCIENCE
We value Europe's guiding principle of "United in Variety" wich means that all 23 official national languages of the E.U. hve equal legal status. However, we have to face that fact that you cannot run a single country with 23 official languages that are all used equally, and we see the results of this in practice, where we have 23 official languages, even though some of them are more equal than the rest …
We see how Europe's smaller languages are slowly but surely being repressed, with significant loss of function (for instance in higher education). In practice, the E.U.'s official language has become English (with secondary roles for French and German). This is simply not good, as the wholesale anglification of the E.U. means an existential threat for all the other languages and cultures of Europe.
One of the biggest problems to European unification is that fact that Europe does not have a single European language of trade, politics and science, which can help to connect Europeans and build a sense of common European identity, yet does not threaten our native languages and cultures.
It does not need to be that way though, as there are other options.Which is why the E.N.P. proposes a debate about the adoption of neutral European lingua franca, such as Europea or Esperanto.
This is a practical problem we can solve, with a little European ingenuity.
#10 | LOCAL, DIRECT DEMOCRACY
Too long, the E.U. has been plagued by an elitist top-down approach, were politicians just impose the European political project on the population, without actually asking us what we want from Europe!
We believe, however, that Europe needs to be a democracy. Which is why it is of vital importance that local people get a chance to vote on European questions. Let Europeans vote!
Because without democracy, a United Europe cannot have any legitimacy.
Based on this guiding principle, we also believe that Europe's memberstates need to govern themselves as much as possible, even within the framework of a federal Europe, with only matters of common concern (such as defense, space exploration or immigration) being deligated to the federal European government. The federal European government can never be a threat to local democracy!
#11 | OPEN BORDERS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS TOTAL LIBERALIZATION
In short: We are totally for open borders and ease of doing business (and indeed: against bureaucratic hurldes to set up a new business), but against the total liberalization of the market as has been implemented by the E.U. on the basis of faulty neoliberal economic theories. Over the past 50 years, we have seen the disastrous result of total liberalization and total privatization, such as the (Greek) sovereign debt crisis, the Icelandic banking crisis, the subprime mortgage crisis, the total collapse of the Spanish and Portuguese economies after accession to the E.U., continuing financial & economic neocolonialism on the African continent, and much more ...
Even in a European Federation, whose duty it is (at least from an economic perspective) to protect the common market, exceptions to free trade can and in some cases should be made. These exceptions flow out of the direct application of the principles of democracy, local self-government and the individual nation’s inherent right (and indeed duty) to take care of its inhabitants. Mind you: These exceptions are necessarily very few, but important!
To illustrate the point, take the current case of the Netherlands. In the not so distant past, energy production was considered a "nutsbedrijf", or, in English: a “company of general use”. I.e. a utility company. These nutsbedrijven were always either owned by the state or by the city. That’s sensible. After all, energy production is a matter of national public interest. From a strategic point of view, you don’t want to end up in a situation where a foreign entity (be it a foreign government or a company) can decide to pull the plug out of your national electrical grid. After all, it is the responsibilty of the government to ensure that the country keeps on functioning, to make sure that the inhabitants are healthy, safe and free. Yet, if we look at the energy sector of the Netherlands today, we find that all major power plants are owned by foreign (i.e. not-Dutch) companies, most notably from Sweden and Germany. How did this happen? Because Dutch energy companies have been completely privatised over the past couple of decades, while a Swedish company like Vattenfall is practically state-owned and therefore gets a LOT of support from the Swedish state. In other words: This is unfair competition engendered by the fact that some European countries interpret and implement the E.U.’s privitization directives more strictly than others …
In that light, it makes sense to designate a small number of industries “essential” to local economies. Which would mean that these local nutsbedrijven would be exempt from the European ban on state-support and state-ownership, thereby allowing them to compete with pan-European utility companies. To be specific: This would still allow companies from across the (internal) border to enter the local market, but would force them to compete with locally grown and locally owned utility companies. Thereby safeguarding the delivery of essential infrastructural services.
Because we don’t want to give up the internal market, which we think is one of Europe’s biggest selling points, this list of “protected essential industries” needs to be limited to essentials, such as:
-> energy production;
-> public transportation (including railways, busses, trams, ferries)
-> water production & reclamation
-> public healthcare
-> prisons (which should NEVER be privatized, even though private prisons already exist in the U.K.)
In this way, we want to find the golden halfway point between private enterprise on the one side and the needs of the local community on the other, instead of just adopting an extreme economic theory, such as communist-style state monopolies on the one extreme, or IMF-style total liberalization of the market on the other, both of which have proven to be equally devastating for the economy.
#12 | PERSONAL FREEDOM: YOUR OWN BODY IS YOUR OWN
The choice we have is simple: Either you believe in freedom, or you don’t. From that first principle, everything else follows. It is the difference between living in a communist/fascist empire like the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or Red China, and living in a democracy.
It is all about whether you believe the State has the inherent right to tell you what to do with your life.
Now, the past year we have all been able to discover that various governments (including Europe's national governments, but also the European Commission, and of course also the cynically named WHO) all seem to believe that they have the fundamental right to tell you what is going to happen to your body. We, however, believe that nobody has the right to tell us what we should put in our bodies! Which is why we cling to the right to choose! In practice, this means that we are firmly against mandatory vaccinations, as this constitutes a clear violations of both a citizen's right to choose, as well as his/her bodily integrity. Innoculations should always be a personal choice!
#13 | NO TO BIG PHARMA MULTINATIONALS: VACCINES MADE BY, FOR AND IN EUROPE
Vaccines are simply too important to outsource.
The past year we have seen what happens when we rely entirely on big pharma to supply our medication, instead of developing our own: Total chaos, lack of trust, infighting, panic and corruption!
Do we want to remain the willing slaves of the global medical industry? Or not?
With the +/- 500 billion euros the EU has already invested in the development of covid vaccines and then buying those same vaccines from the companies we in the first place paid to develop them, the EU could have easily set up our own hight-tech, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge, top-knotch vaccine development laboratory, instead of just outsourcing this vital task to some very shady multinationals, who (largely) got these government contracts awarded to them because their boardmembers are related to someone in government (remember the covid contracts scandals in the U.K., for instance? Or the Netherlands …) Examples of this kind of corruption and nepotism are too many to count, but noteable insider traders are known in the Dutch, UK and European governments.
The truth is that the big pharmaceutical companies are little more than parasites and war-profiteers, who having been exempted from liability for their mistakes, yet have received billions from Europe for their research and production!
We believe we can do away with big pharma! Instead, we want to make the development and production of vaccines a responsibility of the (federal) European government. In the same way that the U.S. government worked to develop the Salk polio vaccine, so can the European government also take responsibility for the national health of the European population, instead of outsourcing it to big business.
#14 | FREEDOM OF SPEECH, NO CENSORSHIP, BUT RIGHT TO PROTEST
The past year, have seen how free speech and the right to protest have been attacked by various European governments, all in the name of "keeping society safe". Repressive governments, however, often use the excuse of "security", "safety" and "stability" to restrict fundamental democratic and human rights. We believe that freedom of speech and the right to protest freely are essential parts of any truly democratic society, which is what Europe is supposed to be.
The E.U. cannot claim to care about human rights and openly condemn other countries for the way they suppress human & civil rights, while at the same time not caring about freedom of speech, the right to protest and the threat of increased censorship at home. That is hypocrisy!
If we really care about freedom and democracy, we need to start by caring about these fundamental rights at home!
Because we do not believe that companies should have the right to censor the public discourse, we are also against the monopolies the American social media/IT giants have established as the global discussion platform, and propose that these big companies should either be broken up (under anti-monopoly rules) or "internationalized" as a kind of public utility company, similar to the World Wide Web Consortium. Whatever we decide, the current state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue!
#15 | BACK TO NORMALITY
After more than a year of lockdowns, compulsory mask wearing and other restrictive measures, we can safely conclude that the net effect of these measure to limit the spread of the corona virus is minimal at best. At the same time, however, both in Europe as well as globally the draconic and unscientific corona prevention measures have already caused more damage and human suffering than the damned virus itself! We care about preventing human suffering, which is why it horrifies us to know that last year some 18 million people were at risk of starvation, 9 million of which as a direct result of lockdowns and other measures! This year, however, that figure has been raised to 360 million people! According to the head of the World Food Program: "In 2021, we can expect famines of biblical proportions!"
Beyond that an estimated 500 million people are pushed below the poverty line in the biggest economic depression since the Great Depression. And this isn't just in the 3rd World, in Europe too we see closed shops, a new army of unemployed people, new poverty, people losing their homes, as well as intolerable stress, depressions, a wave of suicides (according to a recent Flemish study: 1 in 4 inhabitants of Flanders had "thoughts of suicide" the past year!), hopelessness, domestic violence, political violence, new wars on the horizon, while our education system has collapsed and our health sectors were completely unprepared (thanks to decades of neoliberal budget cuts). All if this we call "the new normal".
We reject this new reality, but want to restart Europe: By reopening Europe, by dealing with the corona virus in a logical and responsible and humane way, instead of enacting lots of panicky measures which do nothing but plunge Europe into an economic suicide.
#16 | NO TO THE TOTAL DIGITALIZATION OF SOCIETY
A republic cannot exist on the internet alone. I hope you realise that. If so, you appear to be one of the very few.
The E.U has always been faced with the conundrum of how to organise a political union which has 23 official languages. The way the European Commission has decided to tackle this problem is simply by putting everything on the cloud. Or in other words: The powers that be of the EU decided that we can avoid the need for a common European means of communication by putting everything online, thereby avoiding the need for people to actually have to talk to each other.
Indeed, the European movement seems to have completely bought into the stupid idea that you can solve Europe's current democratic deficit by giving every citizen faster internet, not realizing that throwing more technology at it won't solve the problem, as it is a matter of the fundamental way the E.U. is organized: Undemocratically.
Yet, the modern European elite seems to believe that "internet = democracy" confusing access to information with having a voice in matters of common importance. In other words: People think that being a keyboard warrior is enough to change the world...
At the same time, however, our schools are collapsing, because we focus too much on "21st century skills" and not enough on actual skills, such as reading, writing, thinking and debating. The total digitalization of our school system is not an attractive alternative to actual, physical "old-fashioned" schooling. Remember this: Generations of programmers have not learnt how to write programs at school, but they have learnt how to read, write and count ... A full year of having to work, learn and teach online has taught us that the internet is not the answer to all our problems, but that we remain humans who also need to live outside of our computers.
Beyond that, there is also the ever growing crisis of internet & telephone addiction amongst children & (mostly young) adults, which leads to unhealthier lifestyles and adults who are unable to cope with the challenges of real life. For the sake of future generations, this is something we have to deal with today!
Beyond that, the E.N.P. is also squarely against the use of voting computers in elections.
In short: We want to focus on the fundamentals first: Proper democracy, real schools (which never close!), personal freedom, real elections, lots of sports, and so on. We believe in real, physical solutions to our problems.
#17 | EUROPOL AS A "EUROPEAN FBI"
Crime, terrorism and foreign intelligence agencies do not respect our internal borders. To better combat these, we want to upgrade Europol to the status of a "European FBI" capable of fighting the biggest threats to European security, including a Europe-wide counterintelligence agency, as recent years have shown that we simply need a concerted European defense against foreign spy operations, such as the assassinations carried out by the Russian government in the U.K., the bombing of a Czeck arms depot by Russian operatives, an attempted bombing by Iranian agents in France and Belgium, spying, technology theft and blackmail by the PRC (such as the Chinese cameras in the European Parliament) and so on ...
We need to defend ourselves. This is how.
#18 | EUROPE AS A SPACE POWER
Are we willing to let the U.S. and China conquer the Moon and Mars? Because that is what they are preparing for right now! Both America's NASA and China's CSA/CNSA are already carrying out their plans to reach the Red Planet. Whether we like it or not, there is a new Space Race going on, and Europe's not even playing. Because Europe prefers to launch Earth observation satellites, talk a big deal about regulations for space travel and "strategic autonomy", but for actual space exploration rely entirely on hitching a lift onboard American and Russian spacecraft (such as NASA's Orion & Gateway and Russia's Energia rockets).
Which is stupid, because sometimes you need to look at the future:
1) By not competing, we hand the control of space over to the Americans and the Chinese, who have both made it a matter of national pride to reach and colonize both the Moon and Mars (the PRC has alread announced their plans to build an "international" moon-base). This means that Europe will not have a stake in the colonization of Mars (which is something that will happen, with or without us!), no influence and no foot on the ground! Are we willing to accept a planet Mars that is half American and half Chinese? As Europeans, we need to make it our national, common priority to reach these bodies and stake our claim. As the E.N.P., it is our desire (and our plan) to see the European flag planted in the red dirt of Mars, because not doing so would just hand that planet over to our direct competitors, at least one of which (the PRC) is an openly fascist dictatorship engaged in ethnic cleansing. Do we really want to hand control over outer space to these people? No! So we have to step up and do this!
2) The resources present on the other bodies of our solar system (such as the various asteroids) are estimated to be practically infinite, we are talking of natural resources worth trillions of euros! By developing an efficient and effective space industry now, we are making a long-term investment that should be able to supply us with all the natural resources Europe would ever need. If we take a long-term view for the development of the European economy, we need to make the exploration of space a priority.
In short: Why should just the Americans, the Russians and the Chinese gain access to outer space? We want Europe to become a global frontrunner in the field of space innovation. This also means that we first need to sort out the organization of ESA: Either it becomes a truly European Space Agency (resorting under the European Federal Government) with a single Director (instead of the current multitude) or we have to create another European Federal Space Agency, which becomes the main facilitor of Europe's common space program. This is a priority for us, not just because we want Europe to take a leading position in this growth industry (now that we still have the option) but also because we think that Europeans should be able to aspire to more than just daily life ... A purely European mission to Mars and the Moon would be a great achievement for Europe and an example of what we, as Europeans, can do when we work together.
After the past decades of mediocrity, Europe needs something to be proud of. Mars can be it!
#19 | WE ARE EUROPEANS, TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID!
Europe is losing the propaganda war through terrible PR …
One of the biggest problems that plague the E.U. is the fact that Europe has absolutely TERRIBLE P.R.
The European Union has managed to do quite a few amazing things (among the detritus of its more stupid decisions) and could achieve so much more if we reformed into a fully functional federal union. Indeed, we believe that European Unity is still a useful and necessary antidote to the threat of intra-European war, let alone the threat of the world’s other superpowers, who seem to regards Europe as nothing more than a prize worth fighting over, but never as an equal partner. In other words: There is a lot to say for the prospect of a United Europe.
Nevertheless, the European Union has repeatedly and steadfastly failed at selling itself to the European public. The E.U.'s P.R. machine has consistantly failed at selling its message of unity, hope, peace, striving for a better future and cooperation to those people who actually need to believe in the ideal of a united Europe if we ever want to make it real. And I’m not talking about the eurocrats here. They don’t believe in a United Europe either, they just believe in their untaxed bankaccount. No, I’m talking about the man and woman on the ground, whose income taxes pay for the whole European project, but whose voices do not seem to make a difference in Brussels.
What can we do about this? First of all: We need to stop being afraid of being populist, but on a European scale. In a nutshell: We need to become Euro-nationalist. I.e.: Believe that Europe can be (no: IS!) a nation of its own. If we want a European Federation to ever come to be, we need to see that our individual European cultures are all part of a much greater and infinitely rich European meta-culture: A pan-European culture that contrasts strongly with how things are done on the rest of the planet. And I do believe this is true: After centuries of history, Dutch people, French people and (let’s say) Italians have more in common with each other than we do with Americans, Chinese or Indians …
The thing is: The whole problem with the E.U. (the reason WHY it’s failing today) is this ivory tower approach to everything: We can think about it, but we cannot connect with the people whose support we really, really need!
Which is why we need to start thinking of ourselves as not just Dutch, French, Belgians, Polish, Czech, and so on ... but next to that, and complimentary to that: United Europeans. We need to bring the ideal of a united Europe out of the clouds and onto the ground, into the streets and with its feet in the mud, by saying: screw the European elite! Europe is ours!
Populism for Europe. Propaganda for Europe. That's what we need right now!
#20 | EUROPE AS A NEW WORLD POWER
When it comes to democracy, freedom, trade & industry, culture, human rights, freedom of the press, innovation & science, defense & space exloration; and everything else that's important, we need to strive to be the global leader!
We believe that Europe can be a force for good in the world, that a united Europe can shine a bright light in the darkness of the world. We believe that Europe can (and must!) be a positive counterforce to the insanity, recklessness and aggressive ambitions of the U.S., the PRC and Russia. In short: We believe in Europe's potential as a global world power.
To get there, though, we can no longer blindly join in other people's (i.e. America's) little wars, we also have to follow our own economic course in the world (which includes no longer outsourcing all our industry to China), we can no longer give in to the temptation of saving money by neglecting our national defenses (but have to united, organize, innovate and expand!), we also have to get over our distaste for promoting ourselves by openly propagandizing the European Dream. Whether we like it or not, we are currently engaged in a cultural propaganda war fought out behind the screens with the U.S., China and Russia (as well as some others). If we want to survive and be free, and not just be a cultural and economic colony of the Americans and the Chinese, we need to fight for our freedom and our way of life! At the same time, however, we cannot hermetically seal ourselves off from the rest of the world. We believe that Europe needs to be the cultural, technological and democratic centre of the world!
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The European National Party is an initiative by Erik Schrama