The European Union 10 years ago was filled with optimism after the turn of the century. There is now a rare unanimity on deterioration. How did we get here? Is the decline is inevitable?
José Ignacio Torreblanca answers to these and other questions in a new book
“Europeans,” “have set before us the vision and the way to a new promised land for humanity.” “Europe”, he concluded, “has become the new city on the hill.” This was aimed directly at the waterline of one of the founding myths of the American republic, that based on the pastor’s sermon John Winthrop Puritan settlers who in 1630 were about to reach the coast of Massachusetts on the ship Arbella, encouraging them to build the city morally exemplary of which Jesus spoke in the Sermon on the Mount.
Rifkin proposed “If the U.S. wants (a) future,” ” (it)should follow the EU”.
Almost simultaneously, in 2003, an American expert on Europe, Charles Kupchan, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, spoke not only of the end of Pax Americana, but it seems incredible today, to what extent “the U.S. real challenge that will face is not from the Islamic world, nor the rise of China, but an integrated Europe whose economy already rivals the U.S. eventually and inevitably come into confrontation with the U.S. geopolitics. ”
“All over the world,” “States find inspiration in the European model.” The desire to imitate Europe, he continued, will cause a “domino effect that will change our regional ideas about politics and the economy and will redefine the meaning of power in the twenty-first century.” Paraphrasing one of the favorite quotes from Jean Monnet, who liked to describe the European integration as a silent revolution, Leonard concluded by stating: “The silent revolution in Europe have unleashed will transform the world.
Moving only a few years in the calendar,
the tables have changed dramatically, leaving us with some insights into the relative success or failure of Americans and Europeans exactly the opposite. “The European Dream is dead,” Gideon Rachman certified in his column in the Financial Times of May 17, 2010. Concluding his analysis of the inability of Europeans to solve their financial problems and act in unity in the international scene,
Today, (In reference to) most of the major problems affecting the world, the EU is irrelevant. ”
… the 2009 report of the U.S. National Intelligence Council conclude (s) : “We believe that by 2025, Europe will have made only small progress in transforming the vision into your current leaders in the sense of becoming an actor to achieve cohesive integrated, globally influential and capable of independently using a wide range of political, economic and military support of their interests and ideals. ”
In a short time, the Europeans seem to be installed in complete demoralization.
How did it get here? Why? Is this irreversible? –
Comment by Adamantine:
José Ignacio Torreblanca is the author and it almost seems as if it is the Spanish who are promoting this perception the most.
It always takes a leader with vision and belief in the future to raise an Empire. Is this another subtle call for JS ?