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Fyodor Lukyanov: The European Union sacrifices its profits to please the United States – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 17:28:54

Regarding the formation of the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, something depends on the balance of power in parliament, but this is only one of the factors. The main thing is a complex system of mutual agreements and exchange of interests between large countries and ideological movements.

Precisely because of the relatively limited influence of the European Parliament on real politics, its elections are notable. To use metaphors from our own electoral history, voters have the opportunity to “vote with their hearts.” When the citizens of European states elect their national legislators, they are aware that their lives, especially their pockets, will depend on these people.

The EU is in a continuous crisis management process

That is, personal responsibility for an abandoned vote is present, and not only the opinions of the candidates influence, but also their ability to govern. But the politicians supported in the European Parliament elections will have no impact on the lives of any particular German, Bulgarian or Maltese. Thus, one can simply express one’s attitude toward the establishment by voting for alternative forces that, as a rule, precisely because of their alternative character, have no experience in public administration. Consequently, election results become an interesting barometer of public sentiment.

This barometer, according to surveys, today indicates, if not a storm, then a very turbulent environment. Notable advances are expected for right-wing forces, especially those that in Europe are usually classified as far-right or populist. If the results are as expected, the European Parliament will become noticeably more colorful and colorful.

Europe is experiencing a decisive moment in history. The Ukrainian conflict became an effective catalyst, but not the cause of turbulent processes. For at least 15 years, the European Union has been in a continuous process of crisis management, from debt and currency problems to the current political-military confrontation. It must be recognized that the structure of the EU is quite stable, despite its extreme complexity. In each case, despite the difficulties and nerves, a solution was found. It is true, with increasing tension. The beginning of the acute phase of the Ukrainian conflict was a much greater shock because it included all aspects: security, social, economic, migration problems and political unity.

The question of new integration principles arose a long time ago. The previous integration model, which was very effective in the second half of the 20th century, required changes at the beginning of this century, when the massive expansion of the association began. The attempt to combine quantitative expansion and qualitative deepening of ties (the rapid admission of new members and the transition to federalism through the adoption of the European Constitution) failed. From that point on, decisions increasingly took the form of emergency firefighting measures, although they were accompanied by loud rhetoric about the tremendous successes of union building.

Perhaps the main paradox is the following. In the 50s of the last century, when the active creation of a united Europe began, the project faced two important political tasks. The first is to prevent the great European wars that destroyed the continent in the first half of the century. The second, which arose a little later, was the preservation of the international importance of Europe, which began to rapidly lose it against the background of the rise of the United States, the USSR, and then China. The combination of interests and economic potentials was supposed to answer both questions. To a large extent, this is what happened; European integration has probably become one of the most successful and elegant political projects in the history of the Old World.

The European Parliament may become more colorful and colorful after the elections.

What is happening now? If we start from those same two main objectives, the result is the opposite. First of all, Europe trembles due to a pseudo or pre-war fever. The latter is a result of the previous Euro-Atlantic expansion, part of which was the expansion of the EU. The limit was reached after which the expansion of the stability zone turned into an expansion of the space of shocks, external and internal. Second, Europe’s independence in international affairs has perhaps never been so limited (largely by its own will) as it is now. The EU does not hesitate to sacrifice its own benefits by adopting the American idea of ​​what is right. This did not happen even at the height of the Cold War. Naturally, this affects the economic situation. But integration has always been “sold” as an extremely beneficial product for all citizens.

No matter how the European Parliament elections end, there is no point in expecting changes in the EU’s course now. But given the contradictions described, I wonder to what extent the results will be a wake-up call for the establishment.

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