The EU currently has to confront new challenges that require greater effort. The Brexit is the biggest crisis in the recent European history of integration. The European Union has simply lost its face. We cannot anymore say that the EU is the greatest integration project in the humanity if there is a country which wants to leave this paradise. The big players in the world like China might treat the European Union less seriously. I am pointing at China because the United States never threatened the EU as an equal partner and the awareness of the importance of the EU has been very low in the US.
The Brexit is a disaster both for the EU and the UK but the question, which is hovering above is who will deal with it better. Will the UK or EU get over the Brexit? It is a crucial question for the European Union because if the UK will still attract investments, finance and also European labour forces (there are 300.000 French working in the City), the other countries might consider joining the Brexit league. There is already a lot of mistrust towards the EU among citizens in Sweden, Denmark or Netherlands- countries who for historical and geographical reasons share the very common vision to the UK. Sweden and Denmark do not use the common currency and nothing says it will convert in the future.
The reaction to the Brexit in the UK was very clear- David Cameron, the father of the referendum, lost his face and has resigned. On the other side of the Channel, there were no depositions. No one in the UE feels responsible for the Brexit. However, which European politicians went to London and took part in the debate before the referendum? None was enough determinate. I think that our politicians have not understood the lesson from Brexit. It happened not because David Cameron called for the referendum, Brexit happened because there has been long-standing mistrust to the EU in the United Kingdom. And this mistrust is widespread among many Europeans today. Who remember in Brussels, that the UK had suffered very much during the mad cow disease (BSE) in the 90. Nobody, but farmers in the UK remember that careless policy from the Brussels this time.
Being politically correct is not the way of facing real problems in the international affairs. This “plastic” way of making politics cumulates new problems, instead of solving them. Using beautiful but empty words is not a way to face the challenge such us immigration crisis, economic crisis, Grexit, Brexit and constantly changing global environment. The politicians in Brussels see a threat in all this right and left movements very popular across the Europe. However, these new movements speak the language of many people in Europe ( I do not support them). They are popular because they talk about real problems and not only that we need more integration, or that young people are the future. Indeed, the politically correct politicians are in the long run responsible for the massive movement of the Euro-sceptic. It is worth to recall, that the “new movement” attract supporters of the traditional parties, taken example of Germany-the AfD based on ex-CDU followers disappointed by the current orientation of the CDU.
This is the first step, if we want to reform our EU. We need to forget this plastic and empty politics being more characteristic and closer to people. Otherwise, wir schaffen es nicht. In the next article, I would like to try to focus on the institutional reform of the EU.