Conceptual conflict in Europe deepens

January 23, 2019

In 2019 Europe the chief source of tension appears to be the power struggle between the two leading and conflicting political ideologies; the pro-Europeanism movement that favors European integration and membership in the European Union as contrary to the developing Eurosceptic and far-right governments. The most recent survey by a self-governing international Internet-based market research and data analytics firm shows that more and more people in the UK are undergoing change in their attitudes towards leaving the EU. An open letter published in Times of London and signed by German political, economic and cultural figures which addressed the people and officials of Britain points out that the people in the EU want to retain and make stronger the European Union project. On the other hand, there are those who want the union shouldn’t stay alive. The followers of the far-right movements are struggling very hard to take as many seats as probable in the next European Parliament election in April. They have not been shy in articulating their main objective for entering the chamber: to start the process of disintegrating the European Union. The three main powers in the EU; i.e., Britain, Germany, and France, are at this time struggling with unparalleled crises. The antagonists of the European Union try to take advantage of these issues and tap into people’s dissatisfaction to weaken the historic union of European countries. France is facing the protests of yellow vests, which are inclined to the right. Britain is wrestling with the Brexit crisis. And Germany is facing an increasing growth of far-rightists. All the crises have had the support of Trumpism in the EU. After all, a weakened Europe which is inclined to the right is precisely what the US President Donald Trump wants. When the far-right ideologist and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon visited Europe at the end of 2017, a lot of European politicians did not take his trip seriously. This is while, the purpose of his visit was to build up the foundation of the far-right movements in Europe and pave the way for the far-rightists to conquer the continent by April 2019. The endeavors of the Europe’s far-right movements arise as numerous people in the continent are aware of the dangers of comeback of fascist and radical nationalist trends in modern Europe, in particular after the two world wars. Many are these days trying to restructure their political campaigns and challenge the spectacle of far-right ideology. The open letter of the political, economic and cultural figures in Germany which addressed the leaders and people in Britain is a clear signal that people in Europe are unyielding in their position against far-right ideology.

 

The antagonists of the European Union try to take advantage of these issues and tap into people’s dissatisfaction to weaken the historic union of European countries.

 

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