Mark Collins – A Dyspeptic View of the Coming Year, With the US and EU in Mind

The conclusion of a piece at LINDLEY-FRENCH’S BLOG BLAST: SPEAKING TRUTH UNTO POWER:

2016: Tipping Point?

With an EU unable to act, and major Europeans rendered incapable of action, Europe has been rendered effectively impotent. Worse, two of Europe’s major state powers Britain and France are too often constrained to act by the EU, whilst Germany now apparently takes it for granted that European ‘integration’ should effectively mean the abandonment of sovereignty by all other EU member-states abandon so that Berlin can govern Europe through Brussels. Reminds me of something.

Worse, the very existence of European states is now threatened by the Balkanisation of Europe. The EU helped almost destroy my country Britain in 2014 and could do so again if England votes to leave the EU next year and Scotland does not.  Indeed, all European states with significant minority groups are now threatened because minority nationalist groups invariably look to Brussels as an alternative to national capitals. This week Corsican separatists were elected in what is a region of France.

For all the above reasons 2016 will be a tipping point. Until and indeed only if, the Americans elect a president willing and able to re-commit the US to leadership and the major European state powers break out of their EU-induced strategic torpor my fear is the West will continue to retreat.  Sadly, the world will be a far more dangerous place for the West’s retreat.

Hold on to your hats! 2016 is going to be a bumpy ride.

Merry Christmas!

Then there’s unterganging.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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2 thoughts on “Mark Collins – A Dyspeptic View of the Coming Year, With the US and EU in Mind”

  1. >”Until and indeed only if, the Americans elect a president willing and able to re-commit the US to leadership and the major European state powers break out of their EU-induced strategic torpor my fear is the West will continue to retreat.”

    I just can’t wrap my head around this kind of thinking at all. No one voted for the colonial powers to be world cops. I don’t know any one that goes to bed at night thinking “Gee I wish the US owned me and I had absolutely no human rights. Please lord lets stop having elections and let some backroom hacks in Washington pick our next leader based on what is good for the US arms industry”.

    In what way has unchallenged US power made the world a safer place since the end of the cold war? It has made every one less secure and no one more so than the US. What will make the world safer is China and Russia using the veto more often at the UN.

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