Ursula von der Leyen: "I will not hesitate to make use of the powers under the treaties to safeguard them." David Sassoli: “Democracy at risk. Drastic measures against the populists: we must leave them without funds, we are facing a real leap in level, an attack on our values. We need a very firm reaction. " Interior Ministry: "Migration pressure on the rise, the European Union keeps its commitments."
These the official reactions of the European Union following the ruling of the Polish Constitutional Court which does not recognize the supremacy of European laws and the request of twelve countries to finance the construction of anti-immigration walls on their borders.
After a summer of humiliation and disbandment, overcome by calling for more Europe and a common Defense Force, autumn reserves us the opening of heavy contrasts which by no observer can be attributed to causes and exogenous factors. In In the Polish case, the conflict calls into question the very foundations of the Union, the Walls highlight a profound rift on the future of the continent, therefore also the recourse to the age-old rhetorical narrative of more power to the Union is impracticable, both crises, in fact, originate in the aspiration to less centralism.
Sure to consider the statements of EU politicians the extent of the dispute does not appear to have been fully graspedapart from the inappropriate and comical stance of the Italian Interior Minister, insisting on populism and sovereignty is increasingly due to the inconclusive modesty of the national political debate.
Let us dwell carefully on the countries requesting the Wall, we can define three sovereignists, four of the center-right, one of the right, one of the center, one with a popular majority, one social democratic, one with an institutional government awaiting elections and represent a population of about one hundred and three million, almost 1/4 of the Union .
Consequently, content and tenor make it appear, so far, the completely apolitical response of pro-European leaders dictated by a feeling of affection for their own convictions that struggle to take note of the complexity and criticalities of a precarious geopolitical construction. It is a blunt weapon to threaten, shout at sovereignty and involve Salvini in a conflict that affects 45% of EU adherents, not calculating that some of the Orthodox do not care about the Walls as they are protected by their geographical position: Malta and Finland , eg.
For years we have been arguing that Eurosceptics like Salvini are not a big problem for the Union, will not be the leadership of some parties to decree the decline, devoid of strategic visions, too busy in participating in the sharing of benefits and the banal conflict with opponents.
It is Europeanism that will find it increasingly difficult to extricate itself from the labyrinth in which cause is entrenched, depth and poverty, of his cultural rather than political thought. His enemies are not those who oppose the popular and socialist diarchy, it will be an unstoppable consumption to decree its decline in a planetary scenario, to date, difficult to understand for the people of Europe. If that were not the case, how far and different, the answer to the Poles and the other eleven should have been.
In March 1861 Abraham Lincoln, on the eve of the Civil War, at the end of his inauguration address, said: "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Although passion can be strained, it doesn't have to break our bonds of affection. The mystical chords of memory, extending from every battlefield and patriotic grave to every living heart and hearthstone across this vast land, will still swell the Union choir, when they are still touched, as they surely will be, by the better spirits than our nature ".
The war did not stop but that day a cornerstone was laid for the birth of the United States of America. Utopia we said, ours, what we mean in the Campanellian sense and rationalism, which leads us to reflect on the meaning of our conflict with the poverty of the everyday life of politics when, for example, to Europeanism which claims alleged centrality in the geopolitics of the planet , the worrying declaration of the Chinese leader Xí Jìnpíng "reunification with Formosa will be achieved and will be an internal Chinese affair" escapes or is of little interest.
We've been saying it for months too, in the Pacific, tension is dangerously increasing but Europe and Borrel are caught up in something else.
* President of the Free Society