With European Union bosses working overtime to finish crushing what remains of national sovereignty and self-government in Europe, the public across much of the bloc appears to have had enough. In elections to the European “Parliament” — not a true legislative body in the traditionally understood sense of the word, but the only elected outfit in Brussels nonetheless — political parties opposed to the ongoing EU takeover made massive gains. Meanwhile, in another troubling omen for the super-state and its proponents, less than 45 percent of eligible voters actually cast a ballot in elections held over the last several days..
Some analysts and commentators said after the voting that without major changes, the entire European “project” may be doomed before the next election comes around. Secession fever is raging, too. Indeed, hostility toward Brussels is now officially at unprecedented levels. However, despite the latest results being described by both the establishment and the so-called euroskeptics as a “political earthquake,” unelected Brussels-based “leaders” remained undeterred, vowing to proceed with their controversial super-state as planned anyway.
“This is the moment to come together and to define the union’s way forward,” European Commission boss and former Maoist revolutionary José Manual Barroso said after the stinging rebuke of his schemes by voters became clear. “The concerns of those who voted in protest or did not vote are best addressed through decisive political action for growth and jobs, and through a truly democratic debate.” The head of the EU Commission, an unaccountable sort of hybrid executive and legislative branch that now dominates the lives of Europeans with its deluge of decrees, could not have sounded more unhinged if he had tried.
With the entire EU edifice having been built in defiance of the peoples’ will, though — when voters overwhelmingly turned down the “Constitution,” for example, it was imposed anyway — EU bosses' confidence may be premature. Still, despite the humiliating outcome for the establishment, self-styled “mainstream” parties will continue to tenuously hold the pseudo-parliament; at least for now. The “center-right” European People’s Party, which includes pro-EU parties from across the bloc, will keep slightly more than 200 out of 751 seats in the outfit. The Socialist wing of the establishment appears set to retain around 190 seats.
Perhaps the most significant victory for liberty-minded pro-sovereignty forces came out of the United Kingdom. The U.K. Independence Party, which has been demonized by the establishment, officially became the biggest political force, earning close to 30 percent of the vote and beating out both “establishment” parties — the first time in a century an alternative to the two has beat them both. The pro-EU Labor Party and the ruling Conservative Party each earned less than one fourth of the vote, prompting Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to acknowledge the obvious: that the public is “disillusioned” with the super-state.
The UKIP, though, celebrated the results. “The real effect of these elections, with big ‘Euroskeptic’ gains in many countries, will be less what happens in Brussels and more what happens within the member states,” party leader Nigel Farage (shown above), one of the EU’s harshest critics and a proponent of secession, told reporters from Brussels. “I think the day when we have more referendums on EU membership and membership of the euro will have come much, much closer with these results tonight.” A successful U.K. referendum on secession may be coming soon.
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Nigel Farage talks to the media via a video link from Britain with the European Parliament in Brussels, May 25, 2014: AP Images