Via Merkel wins rescue fund vote after raising spectre of war – Telegraph:
She told MPs: “Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe … that’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails.
Quite. It’s what I was getting at when I wrote this. If I can, I will try to expand the argument in tomorrow’s general debate on the UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. The arguments are available in the chapter Peace Schemes of this book: PDF, online, Amazon.
Tags: Crisis, EU, Europe, Financial Crisis
I’d agree with the first part of that Merkel quote; the second part seems deliberately ambiguous.
What does it mean for ‘Europe’ to fail? In Merkel’s mind, is this synonymous with failure of the EU, and the dream of ever closer union?
In reality, as your ConservativeHome article makes clear, ‘Europe’ is several hundred million individuals, each with their own circumstances, talents, and goals.
For centuries, national governments interfered with the goals of individual Europeans, leading to war and destruction where there could have been peace, trade, and prosperity. Today, the EU interferes with the goals of individual Europeans, and sets them against Americans, Africans, and Asians, when they should instead be trading freely for mutual benefit.
If the failure of the euro does lead to the failure of the EU, we will all have cause to celebrate, but it will be incumbent on the newly free people of Europe to resist the re-imposition of national barriers as the continental barriers fall.