The European Union
The Fourth Reich?
The Commemoration of the Centenary of World War One
What I found so surprising is that Angela Merkel and Emanuel Macron were behaving like two turtle doves when they met in Compiegne, the Northern French city where the armistice was signed between France and Germany bringing the First World War to an end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.
And later they were sitting cozily side by side in the replica of the 1918 train wagon and were smiling at each other. I would have preferred more dignity and more humility.
For example, the kissing of Angela Merkel and Emanuel Macron could have been omitted. And Angela Merkel could have made a bow in honor of the soldiers who fell in the terrible trench war started by Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II and the German Generals, the war mongers who had prepared the peoples and the soldiers to give their lives.
It is often said that after World War Two the European Union has prevented a new war that could have come from the dominance of one country named Germany, the instigator of World War II.
Let me tell you. There are three major factors that saved Europe from a dominance by either France or Germany and prevented another war.
Conference at Yalta - February 1945
There Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and dictator Josef Stalin divided Europe and cut the German territory in two sections that later became two countries. That prevented that Germany would dominate again.
of the European Community of Coal and Steel - July, 1952
Agreed upon is that no particular country can dominate by amassing the available coal and steel, the elements to forge weapons and start a war.
European Recovery Program - April 1948 - Marshal plan
The Americans decided to fund the Recovery Program - better known as Marshall Plan - which meant that there were no repair payments imposed on Germany and Austria like the allied forces had done after the First World War in the Treatment of Versailles. Payments to be made by the besieged countries would give unrest and could result in rebellion against the winning countries and result in conflicts within the Europe of after the war.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and Germany was again the big country, there were a few politicians who were not too happy with that event and the consequences. It made them worry how the European Union would develop further. Among those was French President François Mitterrand and Britain's Prime Minister Margareth Thatcher.
Britain and France "feared the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 would return Nazi-era ambitions to Germany, exchanges between the two nations indicate," The Telegraph reported in 2009. Initially that fear was not eminent, but it soon happened that many a EU member state bowed to Germany again when Angela Merkel took over after Gerhard Schröder resigned in 2005.
And what they feared has happened. The European Union has lost much more of its credibility and gradually much of its democratic nature.
Today Germany is the member state that determines much of what is decided at meetings in Brussels, Strassbourg and elsewhere. No wonder there is a critical attitude of Poland's Mateusz Morawieck, Hungary's Viktor Orbán, Czech president Milo Zeman, and to some lesser extend of Austria's Sebastian Kurz.
One could conclude that we have arrived in the Fourth Reich.
Page first published on November 13th, 2018
on January 29, 2019,
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