President of the European Council Donald Tusk has joined Verhofstadt in denouncing the Trump administration in a letter to European heads of state, clearly conveying the ranks of EU bureaucrats are closing. According to Tusk, unity is necessary since:
“Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy.”
Overnight, this statement seems to put the US on a par with Radical Islam, China and Russia, about which the same letter states:
“The first threat, an external one, is related to the new geopolitical situation in the world and around Europe. An increasingly, let us call it, assertive China, especially on the seas, Russia’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine and its neighbours, wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa, with radical Islam playing a major role, as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable.”
What is needed most is “courage, determination and political solidarity of Europeans.” Without it, “we will not survive,” Tusk writes.
The ‘we‘, of course, does not denote the European peoples, but the EU bureaucrats trying to run the show on the continent.
Tusk also called for the renewal of faith in the doctrine of further EU integration, which he cites as being imperative to fulfil Europe’s:
“demographic and economic potential, which makes it a partner equal to the largest powers. For this reason, the most important signal that should come out of Rome is that of readiness of the 27 to be united. A signal that we not only must, but we want to be united.”
It is a common rhetorical trick for leaders in distress to whip up the masses to confront a common enemy. However, a sizeable number of Europeans has already turned their back at the European Union. The polls in France, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Germany leave little doubt. To continue to call for deeper unity when such aggravation within the Union is already rampant, brings back memories of Iraqi Minister al Sahhaf, who similarly sought to halt reality.
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