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Sarkozy has been quoted as saying that we will not have a strong Europe without strong nations, which seemed to be an attempt to back away from a federal state. I believe it is, and I think there are a few signs that the euro-elite recognize that their federal plans are not likely to succeed. Little things like the backtrack on the weights and measures legislation, the Lib Dems retreating on the euro, Chris Huhne saying that Toben should not be extradicted despite passing the legislation that made it clear he should (I assume pressure was brought to bear diplomatically on Germany, which is how this farce of democracy really works) all point to a retreat. The financial crisis has given them a card to play, but the deck is stacked against them.

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Whatever the case, the fact that Europe is a mechanism for satisfying the egotism of politicians remains so. There is no surprise that the biggest supporter in this country for the idea of a European President was Tony Blair. Sarkozy’s ambitions in that regard are obvious. His performance in the European Soviet also shows he is not averse to using the euro-patriotism of the MEPs to get what he wants. His attempts to push the Czech’s out of their presidency have taken another step up with news that he is refusing to attend the ceremony for handing over power to them. It is a clear attempt to create an alternative authority in the EU, with France at the forefront. Coming after his attempt to create an unofficial ‘economic government’ of Europe it shows an alarmingly cowboy approach to international relations. Even if the federalists dreams are over, there are great dangers to the webby morass of powers throttling Europe.

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“The EU that thought that it had to lecture the Czech Republic on them not having the strength or the dignity to take over the presidency. Yes some even said that it would be best if they would just leave the presidency to the French for another term. They even threatened that it was just this kind of problems from a small country that could lead to the abolishing of the rotating presidency and the introduction of a permanent presidency, consisting of the six largest countries. I think it was a German who said it.”

Open Europe

“We’re very scared,” said Siobhan Tobin, 23, a public kindergarten teacher in the town of Naas, 20 miles south of Dublin, and one of hundreds of teachers across Ireland who may lose her job in the coming months. The budget cuts would have the newest teachers — like Tobin — ousted first.

I think there is a concern that Ireland is a small country that could be bullied by Europe, but I also think we are looking at ourselves and our society,” Tobin said. “Was the Irish miracle for real? What will the future be like? We don’t know anymore.”

Washington Post

Before the First World War our foreign policy was summed up in the phrase ‘splendid isolation’. We kept our distance from the continent, fearing entrapment in continental wars. Those fears were realised when we mobilised to protect Belgium from the bullying of Germany, and later Poland. We took a stand against the bullying of smaller nations by larger ones. It is shameful that we are now complicit in the bullying of the Czech Republic and of Ireland.

The Czechs are understandably wary of ceding more sovereignty, given their recent history of dominance by foreign powers. So how does it make us feel to hear a German MEP threatening the country with consequences if they don’t hand over power? Not good. Not good at all.

Britain is a natural ally of the Czechs and the Poles. Poles in particular fought valiantly for us during WW2. In fact, the most successful fighter squadron during the Battle of Britain, the battle that saved us from invasion, was a Polish squadron. Both countries value their independence, and both hold Baroness Thatcher in particular, as well as this country, in high esteem for her and our firm opposition to the Soviet Union which helped bring about their liberation. One hopes that the constitution is finally killed off and a new government in the UK can refashion our relationship with the EU. I’m sure we would find allies in the Czechs and the Poles for a Europe based on cooperation, not coercion, and on alliances between nation states, not the diktats of an unelected Commission.

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