"What appears clear is that the Europeans are paying, in these years, the price of their inability to prepare themselves politically and culturally to cope with the new phenomenon of globalization. Since the end of the Cold War that Europe refuses to see and meet the challenges and risks inherent in the new world picture: it has not acquired the means and tools needed for independence from the Americans in terms of foreign policy and security; it used the occasion of the enlargement to countries of Central and Eastern Europe to dilute its own identity that was founded on a political project. But the primary political project was shelved and this has fostered a revival of nationalism; It failed to anchor the German reunification in a European framework politically solid; It was caught unprepared by global competition triggered both by the post-Cold War American hegemony and by a technological paradigm shift that creates - and requires - profound changes.” (1)

Comments:

  • … the new phenomenon of globalization… , but globalization is not new. (Ulrike Herrmann has a good chapter critizising the notion that globalization is new in her Der Sieg des Kapitals.) However, the Internet certainly is a novum that the Europeans need to cope with as Europeans. Firstly, its physical infrastructure should be the natural monopoly of Europe's cities and municipalities, and administrated by the librarians.
  • Since the end of the Cold war… but how can we pretend that Cold War has ended when its military-political structures (nuclear weapons and “missile defense” systems; NATO )have remained intact, or even aggravated (“cyberwar”, drones, SCO) ?
  • (Europe, but they mean the EU)… has not acquired the means and tools needed for independence from the Americans in terms of foreign policy and security… true, but why is it not said clearly that one of these tools must be unilateral European nuclear disarmament? Maybe “Publius” thinks in the opposite direction: that the EU should unilaterally acquire an own nuclear fleet and force de frappe that is independent of the USA? A Gaullist Spinelli?
  • (Europe) used the occasion of the enlargement to countries of Central and Eastern Europe to dilute its own identity that was founded on a political project … Yes, unfortunately, Europe is diluting its own identity. ( The Algerian sociologist Marieme Helie Lucas has a good article about how Europe is diluting its Secularist heritage from the French Revolution.) But is there any given European identity? No. A European identity still needs to be constructed in so far as it is still a good idea. (Journalist: What do you think of Western civilization? Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea..)

(1) Publius in the article “La sfida europea”, www.alternativaeuropea.org, 14 January 2016. In the original Italian version: “Quello che appare evidente è che gli europei stanno pagando, in questi ultimi anni, il prezzo della loro incapacità di attrezzarsi politicamente e culturalmente per fronteggiare il fenomeno nuovo della globalizzazione. E’ dalla fine della Guerra fredda che l’Europa non accetta di vedere e affrontare le sfide e i rischi insiti nel nuovo quadro mondiale: non ha saputo dotarsi degli strumenti per diventare autonoma dagli americani sul piano della politica estera e di sicurezza; ha usato l’occasione dell’allargamento ai paesi dell’Europa centro-orientale per diluire la propria identità, fondata su un progetto innanzitutto politico che invece è stato accantonato, e ha iniziato ad alimentare il risveglio del nazionalismo; non è riuscita ad ancorare la riunificazione tedesca ad un quadro europeo politicamente solido; è stata colta impreparata dalla competizione globale innescata sia dall’egemonia americana post-Guerra fredda, sia da un cambiamento di paradigma tecnologico che crea – e costringe a – profonde trasformazioni.”