Monday, May 09, 2005

Brussels says: Vote for EU constitution or risk new Holocaust

Yesterday's Daily Telegraph reported that Margot Wallstrom, a senior European Commissioner marked VE Day by accusing Eurosceptics of risking a return to the Holocaust by clinging to "nationalistic pride".
Margot Wallstrom, the commissioner who must sell the draft constitution to voters, argued that politicians who resisted pooling national sovereignty risked a return to Nazi horrors of the 1930s and 1940s. Her fellow commissioners also issued a joint declaration, stating that EU citizens should pay tribute to the dead of the Second World War by voting Yes to the draft constitution for Europe.

It's exactly these kind of statements that reflect how fundamentally the EU project has lost its way. It was a lack of democracy that allowed Nazism to spread, and a lack of respect for national sovereignity that allowed the Nazis to invade Europe.

Hitler ultimately was not elected by a free majority, he was appointed by Hindenberg, and when he moved to dismantle every vestige of democracy, the German people stood by and did nothing. Furthermore, any surviving political parties soon fell into line and supported the Nazis.

The European Commission which is not elected, is governing over more and more of our daily lives, yet national governments across Europe have been feeble in their dissent, worried that they will be the odd ones out in their opposition. From where I'm standing, it looks like history is repeating itself. An over centralised government and a political elite falling over themselves to conform. The only difference is that Germans risked their lives opposing Hitler whereas Europeans are voluntarily ceding their independence.

Incidentally, there's a very interesting piece on Blog Critics on the same subject.