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Europe’s ‘Nationalism’ Turns Out to Be Local

Posted by hkarner - 11. Mai 2019

Date: 10-05-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joseph C. Sternberg

Le Pen, Salvini and Brexit all have an appeal limited to particular regions of their respective countries.


Italian Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

Rising nationalism is widely assumed to be driving European (and global) politics. Perhaps it’s time for a rethink. There’s growing evidence that the real force behind so much political upset is far more localized. This regionalism has been staring us in the face all along.

The starting point has to be how nonnational most European “nationalist” movements are, a fact that will again become apparent in raucous elections for the European Parliament later this month. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party could be more correctly labeled the Northeast and a Sliver of the South Rally, to judge from the geographic concentration of votes for Ms. Le Pen in 2017’s presidential election. The Alternative for Germany party is really the Alternative for a Slice of the Former East Germany.

The Brexit vote in 2016 wasn’t truly “British,” it was English and Welsh—or English Midlands and Welsh, if you go by the areas where support for leaving the European Union was strongest. Scotland and Northern Ireland very much prefer the U.K. to remain a part of the EU.

Fair enough, one might say, but “nationalism” still means something because those voters who support nationalist movements share a particular sense of identity and culture not shared by the urban elites who vote the other way. But recent years have seen allegedly cosmopolitan voters rediscover a sense of nationalism, or nationhood, that can be as strongly held as the type attributed to the original nationalist voters. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Europe’s Everyday Constitutional Crisis

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2019

Date: 26-04-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joseph C. Sternberg

The only question at issue in the Continent’s election for parliament is whether the EU is legitimate at all.

Brace yourself: European Parliament elections are less than a month away.

As has become customary, voters will engage in a strange act of self-disenfranchisement as they and their candidates eschew any serious discussions about what the European Parliament should do on any of a wide range of policy questions. As a result, we’ll look in vain for a parliamentary majority, let alone a popular consensus, strong enough to advance one or another approach to the EU’s next budget or its trade policies. European voters will abdicate any judgment on these questions. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Brexiteers Face Reality—They Need the Political Class After All

Posted by hkarner - 16. März 2019

Date: 15-03-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joseph C. Sternberg

British voters want an activist state. They can’t afford to reject the people who are able to run it.

Somewhere around three weeks ago, it became impossible for mere mortals to follow Brexit anymore.

Until that point a voter could, with sufficient care, understand the contours of the debate in Parliament surrounding Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal with Brussels could be parsed well enough to judge its merits. Alternative proposals and their political viability were measurable.

No longer. As Mrs. May has lost control of the Brexit debate and Parliament has taken over, a fog has descended. Lawmakers now spend their time voting on esoteric amendments (amending what, exactly, is never quite clear) of uncertain significance. These range from the vaguely plausible to the utterly fanciful to the outright moronic. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union

Posted by hkarner - 19. Januar 2019

Date: 18-01-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Joseph C. Sternberg

For the bloc to retain its democratic legitimacy, it must let the British have what they voted for. 

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in Hastings, U.K., Jan. 17.

The European Union is often accused of being an undemocratic conspiracy against its common people. Tell that to the British, who are discovering to their chagrin that sometimes the EU gives voters exactly what they say they want.

This week witnessed another few turns in the Brexit psychodrama. The House of Commons directly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s preferred exit plan and the next day indirectly rebuked Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for providing pathetic opposition to Mrs. May. Fine. This is how a parliamentary democracy works. If no majority of lawmakers can coalesce around a Brexit plan, they shouldn’t be making one.

Which is where the unheralded democracy kicks in. Underlying this political fiasco—the years of unsatisfactory negotiations with Brussels, the cabinet infighting in the U.K., the high-profile political resignations, the humiliating legislative defeats—is one reality. The U.K. is on track to leave the EU March 29 in the cleanest way possible, without any deal binding the country back into the bloc. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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