History is never deterministic; it is in fact full of unexpected surprises, but if the above ominous warning by John Adams has any kind of validity today, we may be witnessing, subsequent to Brexit and the far right extraordinary gains in the latest EU parliamentary elections, the beginning of the end of the EU as originally envisioned by its founding fathers. Indeed, their vision or aspiration was that the new Europe, the EU so called, would be an example of democracy for the rest of the world; a shining example to be admired and emulated, as exemplified by an eventual Constitution transcending mere economic or geo-political considerations and spelling out the reasons for its cultural union and how it would hold it together and guarantee a solid identity.
That seemed to be the case at the beginning of the EU in the early 50s. Is it still the case today? With 30% of the EU parliament now controlled by right-wing ideologues, mostly ultra-nationalists and Euro-skeptics, out to subvert the very political entity to which they have been elected, the founding fathers’ dream not only may never come to pass but it may be fast becoming a nightmare. The founding fathers must be turning in their graves.
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