Will 2017 Be the Beginning of the End of The European Union?

Over the next few months, a sequence of events will determine the continued existence of the European Union. This year, both France and The Netherlands will hold crucial presidential elections. The rise of Alt-Right political parties in both countries such as the Front National (FN) led by Marine Le Pen in France and The Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders in the Netherlands could trigger the end of the European Union.

The first important test for the European Union will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, when the Netherlands will hold its presidential election. The anti-European Alt-Right candidate Geert Wilders has been leading all national election polls for several consecutive weeks. While his party currently holds 15 seats in the Dutch parliament, the latest poll now puts the PVV at 29– 33 seats, placing his party far ahead of the currently ruling Dutch Tories (VVD), who now consistently poll 23-27 seats. Wilders promised to hold a referendum on European Union  membership as the UK did if he wins the Dutch general election of 2017. He thinks that the European Union is obsolete and opposes all immigration policies.

“We want to be in charge of our own country, our own money, our own borders, and our own immigration policy,” “As quickly as possible the Dutch need to get the opportunity to have their say about Dutch membership of the European Union,” Wilders said.

“It is time for a new start, relying on our own strength and sovereignty. Also in the Netherlands,” “If I become prime minister, there will be a referendum in the Netherlands on leaving the European Union as well. Let the Dutch people decide,” Wilders said.

Wilders’ plans to hold a referendum represent a real threat to the European Union, but it would not be the end of the project in any case. However, what most worries European leaders is Wilders’ intentions to violate human rights and international law on a regular basis whether the Netherlands remains part of the EU or not. So far, his statements indicate that he will not step back on his intentions to start his personal crusade against refugees and Muslims. It might open an identity crisis among the European Union members. Wilders has suggested numerous times that the Judeo-Christian culture is superior to other cultures from all over the world.

“Our Judeo-Christian culture is far superior to the Islamic one. I can give you a million reasons. But here is an important one. We have got humour and they don’t. There is no humour in Islam. .. Islam does not allow free speech because free speech shows how evil and wrong Islam is. And Islam does not allow humour because humour shows how foolish and ridiculous it is,” Wilders said.

Like President Trump, Wilders also wants to stop immigration from Islamic countries.

“We want to stop all immigration from Islamic countries. We want to stimulate voluntary re-emigration to Islamic countries. We want to expel all criminals with dual citizenship and deprive them of their Dutch nationality. We want to de-islamize our nation. Dear Friends, there is a lot of work to do. We, the defenders of freedom and security, have an historic duty. Our generation has been entrusted with a huge task: To oppose Islam and keep the flame of liberty burning. I say it without exaggeration: the future of human civilisation depends on us. Now is a time when everyone in the West must do his duty. We are writing history here. So, let us do our duty. Let us stand with a happy heart and a strong spirit. Let us go forth with courage and save freedom,” said Wilders.

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A few months ago, Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination against Moroccans.

“The Netherlands have become a sick country.” “I am not a racist and neither are my voters. This sentence proves that you judges are completely out of touch. Support for the Party for Freedom is stronger than ever and keeps growing every day. The Dutch want their country back,” Wilders said.

“Today I was convicted in a political trial which, shortly before the elections, attempts to neutralise the leader of the largest and most popular opposition party. But they will not succeed, not even with this verdict, because I speak on behalf of millions of Dutch,” Wilders said.

The second and most important test for the European Union will be the 2017 French presidential election.The first round will be held on April 23. If no candidate wins a majority, a second round between the top two candidates will be held on May 7.Until a few days ago, François Fillon, the Republicans (LR) candidate was considered the favourite to win the two-round presidential election in April and May. However, his implication in a fake jobs scandal related to payments to his wife from MP funds has all but eliminated his chances of success. Marine Le Pen, the National front (FN) candidate is now, the favourite to win the first round of the election. A victory for her in the second round would represent a real threat to the EU. Le Pen wants to leave the European Union and it could never exist without France (one of the co-founders). She stated:

No, I think we need to renegotiate with the EU because I want to see French sovereignty restored in France, supported by a referendum.”

If I am voted in, I will announce that a referendum will be held in six months time. I will spend those six months going to the European Union and telling them: ‘I want the French people to regain at least their territorial sovereignty because I want to control the borders – they don’t belong to you.’”

“The EU is deeply harmful, it is an anti-democratic monster. I want to prevent it from becoming fatter, from continuing to breathe, from grabbing everything with its paws and from extending its tentacles into all areas of our legislation. In our glorious history, millions have died to ensure that our country remains free. Today, we are simply allowing our right to self-determination to be stolen from us,” Le Pen said.

Even if France remains in the EU, Le Pen would still represent a real threat to the EU. Like President Trump, Le Pen is also willing to violate international law to start her personal crusade against immigration, Muslims and Islam.This would violate all European values and human rights which could accelerate the disappearance of the EU. 

“The progressive Islamisation of our country and the increase in political-religious demands are calling into question the survival of our civilisation,”said Le Pen.

“For those who want to talk a lot about World War II, if it’s about occupation, then we could also talk about it (Muslim prayers in the streets), because that is occupation of territory,” she said at the gathering in Lyon.

“It is an occupation of sections of the territory, of districts in which religious laws apply. It’s an occupation,” Le Pen said.

“There are of course no tanks, there are no soldiers, but it is nevertheless an occupation and it weighs heavily on local residents,” said Marine Le Pen

In conclusion, this year will be full of threats and challenges for global society.The potential disintegration of the European Union represents one of these, but no one knows how it will end. History is full of threats and challenge that are often happily resolved. The elections in The Netherlands and France will be all about choosing between tolerance or intolerance, war or peace, friendship or enemies, future or past…Their citizens will have an enormous advantage since they can see what Trump is doing in the U.S. and based on that they will make an important decision that will change the world for the better or worse. Whether the European Union changes or not, what’s most important is that citizens will have the last word. Whatever your decision will be….Remember to think critically…And stand up for human rights.

By Josep


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6 thoughts on “Will 2017 Be the Beginning of the End of The European Union?

  1. I believe Marine Le Pen will lose by between 2 and 5% in the second round after coming in first in the first round. That may start a counter-reaction against the European right wing but only after moving the EU to the right on immigration and borders. The big challenge I see to the EU comes from German economic policy that benefits Germany, financiers and investors to the detriment of everyone else. And that seems calcified, for now.

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  2. Wilders claims that one reason he is opposed to immigration is to preserve his country’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Part of that heritage is helping people, including refugees, who are in need, so his policy would be a betrayal of the heritage he claims to be protecting. In addition, Christians are commanded to spread the gospel to all the world. Christians should welcome immigrants because they would then have a chance to evangelize them without having to go to another country. Wilders’ popularity make me suspect that the Netherlands has already largely abandoned its Judeo-Christian heritage and just preserves the form of Christianity without the substance.

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  3. The E.U. needs to be democratized! As it is, it is a secretive oligarchy for political elites. Yanis Varoufakis is leading a movement called DiEM25 which is meant to bring actual democratic processes to the E.U. – – that is why these anti-immigrant populist movement are gaining so much support, because their elected European leaders are out-of-touch elites unconcerned with the common man, and are afraid to address even legitimate issues of immigration for fear of being labelled xenophobic or racist! When the common man is alienated, he will sadly often look to those who appear most different to him and scapegoat them! We can Not fall victim to this same logic and begin to demonize these Europeans! Each side is acting out of fear and anger that they are being marginalized.
    Concerning the anti-Islamic sentiments growing throughout Europe, the two sides must engage in discussions and dialogues whereby they represent and argue for the rights and perspectives of the OTHER: have members of the Islamic community argue from the perspective of nativist Europeans, have nativist Europeans argue from the perspective of Islamists, and you will see a transformation of insight and opinions! This is what Unism is all about, seeing past the divisions, working Through the painful discussions, and uniting in the uncharted territory beyond.
    Amazing reporting as always, best wishes!

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  4. I’m not against freedom of religious expression – although I personally believe all religion is superstitious nonsense – but I am against having it rammed forcibly down my throat. I also believe that if you go to live in a foreign country then you should accept the traditions of that country and it’s way of life.

    What the EU gives us is uncontrolled movement of people that is designed to homogenize a diverse range of peoples into one huge centrally controlled lump. That’s anti-democratic and dangerous.

    As for this nonsense about ‘human rights’ and ‘moral responsibility’ this is being exploited by economic migrants and jihadists neither of whom are welcome in my country without proper controls being put in place for the former and bans for the latter. If the so called ‘refugees’ don’t like that then they should feel free to go elsewhere.

    Like President Trump, Wilders also wants to stop immigration from Islamic countries – this is simply not true is it? Trump said repeatedly in his campaign that he wanted a temporary ban on immigration until they “figured out what the hell is going on” and a temporary ban is what his executive order contained, not a permanent ban. He also wants ‘illegal’ immigrants expelled. The key word here is ILLEGAL not everyone, just the ones that shouldn’t be there, regardless of their religious or racial persuasion.

    And whether you like or hate Trump, he was democratically elected and is doing exactly what he promised to do. Unusual in a politician, I’ll grant you. And at the end of the day, the USA is a foreign country and it’s not our business to tell them what to do – a principal the EU fails to grasp…

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