The Manila Times
….However, for those who are truly concerned about the future of democracy, labor rights, and national sovereignty, the critical question should not be how to rebuild the EU, but how to break free from it.
Following the end of World War II, certain visionary leaders in France and Germany were determined to create structures and institutions beyond the nation-state to ensure that Europeans would put an end to their favorite practice of sorting out their national differences by engaging in bloody warfare.
The establishment of the European Economic Community evolved in time into something beyond a regional trade regime based on respect of democracy, national sovereignty and social rights.
This is why the European Economic Community was created by the Treaty of Rome of 1957. It had a noble undertaking, and one that managed to built solid alliances among historical enemies that have lasted longer than any other time in European history, although other factors, such as the Cold War, the founding of NATO, and the development of nuclear weapons played a significant role in the long period of peace that ensued in Europe since the end of the war.
Be that as it may, the establishment of the European Economic Community evolved in time into something beyond a regional trade regime based on respect of democracy, national sovereignty and social rights: it was transformed into a corporate entity driven by a relentless desire to subjugate labor to the whims of global capital through the hijacking of the state by a global neoliberal elite and the transfer of actual political power from the demos to non-elected officials in Brussels and Frankfurt.
Under this imperial setting, the protection of the euro as a global currency is the chief objective of the European elite, while authoritarian neoliberalism reigns supreme and the politics of identity and multiculturalism have replaced universal values.
Today’s EU is a huge, bureaucratic labyrinth, a highly elitist and anti-democratic entity, a gravedigger of labor rights and national sovereignty, with national citizens relegated to a status equal to that enjoyed by the subjects of ancient Rome.
This is why Euro elections generate the same enthusiasm among European citizenry as a football game played without spectators, and why the extreme right is gaining political ground and attaining increased legitimacy in virtually every European nation.
Indeed, the type of Europeanization promoted by EU institutions and policymakers is completely alien to the vision of a social and democratic Europe, a process that has enormously affected the ability of national governments to address effectively the specific needs and problems facing their economies and societies……