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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Brexit has provided historic opportunity for other European countries to save their cultures. Plans to be discussed at meeting of the Visegrad Group-UK Times

9/8/16, "Brexit vote sparks new revolt by EU states," Times UK, Bruno Waterfield, Brussels

"Former communist states are planning to exploit the fallout of Brexit with a “counter-revolution” designed to block migrant deals and assert the power of national governments over Brussels.

Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an influential diplomatic European Union bloc known as the Visegrad Group, will lobby together at a summit next week to ensure that national governments are put back in the EU’s driving seat. 

The summit will gather all EU leaders, excluding Theresa May, in Slovakia’s capital to forge a new vision of Europe. It is expected to expose the rift between newer member states in the east and western countries committed to a European project based on open borders and markets.

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s populist conservative prime minister, pledged to use the debate to push the EU away from traditional western European liberalism towards policies based on preserving “historic, religious and national identity”.

“Brexit is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are at a historic cultural moment. There is a possibility of a cultural counter-revolution right now,” he said during a televised debate in Poland. “People don’t change, national and religious identities still have their place. There’s no European identity that could replace them.”

At the summit in Bratislava on September 16, the Visegrad Group will say that Britain’s vote reveals national citizens’ hostility to an EU agenda alien to many communities in countries with different histories or experiences of immigration and globalisation.

The central and east European alliance will be pitted against Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Italy — all countries that pride themselves on their commitment to liberalism and the EU project.

Central and eastern European countries without a history of immigrants from outside Europe have been particularly angered by an EU decision, backed by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to impose refugee quotas requiring them to accept asylum-seekers, many of them Muslims. Appearing alongside Mr Orbán, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Justice and Law party, pledged to help Hungary change the way the EU is run.  

Europe needs deep changes. These changes must be rooted in a cultural counter- revolution reminding us that Europe has a wealth of European cultures, he said.

In comments that will alarm other European leaders, Mr Orbán, who has openly proclaimed his desire to make Hungary an “illiberal” state, called on the EU to tackle immigration that “eliminates historical identities” and to restrict “international capital”. He said: “Economic patriotism is a valid topic to discuss. People say that money doesn’t smell but the owner of the money does. Only those nations that have their historic, religious and national identity will survive and be strong.”

The central European countries are also opposed to the EU’s plan to give 75 million Turks, mainly Muslims, visa-free travel in the borderless Schengen area in return for Turkey’s help in preventing a repeat of last year’s migration crisis by cutting off the flow of refugees to the continent.

In four weeks’ time Hungary will hold a referendum on the EU’s migrant quotas and a plan, championed by Mrs Merkel, to make the system forcing countries to take refugees from Greece and Italy permanent. Hungarian government posters have linked the EU migration crisis to terrorist attacks.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, who will chair the summit talks, acknowledged yesterday that the EU needed to emphasise “stability, security and protection” before a relaunch next year on the 60th anniversary of its founding Treaty of Rome.

Analysis: Europe’s leaders meet to plot an existential fight
 

Next week Europe’s leaders meet to ponder the future after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. They will be seeking unity and, as the traditionally federalist Italy puts it, a “new impulse” for the EU (Bruno Waterfield writes).

Consensus will be in short supply. A series of crises, especially the migrant influx, plus the British vote reveal a profound identity crisis and lack of unity over the values that are supposed to bind the nations to a common future. The debate will be a culture war, as declared by Hungary and Poland, over the EU’s founding principles. Germany, France and Italy want to use next year’s 70th anniversary to relaunch the project. The danger is that instead of renewing a pact founded on the four freedoms — of capital, goods, services and labour — Europe is turning inward, away from openness to protectionism."...

[Ed. note: Why is that a "danger?" So-called "four freedoms" is simply a word game to enslave people to a bunch of parasites. ]

(continuing): "Hungary and Poland’s “cultural counter-revolution” is as powerful a vision as that of the EU’s liberal, anti-nationalist founding fathers. It is a programme for a bigger union, bringing east European countries such as Serbia into an EU founded on strong external borders and, even, a “joint European army”. It is an alliance that views rootless global capital with suspicion and non-Christian, non-European migrants with outright hostility."...

[Ed. note: Please. This isn't about the migrants. It's about the globalist political class in whose mind western borders were erased long ago. The remaining human beings--if they must exist--are viewed as global slaves. "Hostility" is directed at those who created the problem which is the political class including Soros. "Rootless global capital" exists for one purpose, to find the cheapest labor in the world and constantly keep a lid on US wages.]

(continuing): "It looks to the EU to protect, rather than guarantee, national identities but would strip Brussels of powers to interfere in domestic economic or constitutional matters.

Above all it is popular, and not just in former Communist states."...

[Ed. note: Isn't "popularity" always "above all"? Outside of monarchies and dictatorships, of course.]

(continuing): "Populists in Germany, France, Italy and elsewhere are on the march and have more in common with Viktor Orbán or Jaroslaw Kaczynski than their own leaders." 

[Ed. note: "Than their own leaders?" Their so-called "leaders" sold them out. I'm sorry I wasted my time reading this article.]



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