Europe: A House Divided
by Michael Walsh
NO THANKS to the media, we Europeans are kept very much in the dark as to what is happening even in our own backyard. The unelected elite of Brussels maintain the illusion that one size fits all. In fact, the European Union is a house divided.
To the west are the dumbed-down pseudo-democracies. But several former Eastern Bloc electorate-approved nations could break away from the EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). These include Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and possibly Austria — and others might join, too.
There is little awareness in America and western Europe that the Hungarian Prime Minister enjoys a popularity rating that, by far, eludes his counterparts to the west.
In Britain, Germany, France, and diverse EU states, the electorate tends to choose not the best men, but simply the lesser (or greater) of two evil candidates. French President Macron’s election was spun by media as a “landslide.” Yet, polls suggest that as few as one in five French electors support their head of state. This is not democracy.
In Sweden, 72.9% of the electorate plan to vote for parties other than the ruling Social Democrats. In neighbouring Norway, 68% intend to vote against the current Labour regime.
“Mainstream” parties in western Europe add insult to injury by forming coalitions. Britain’s unpopular premier Theresa May was forced to form a coalition with the 10 MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). This is not democracy either.
Many westerners believe their own electoral systems superior to those in the former Soviet bloc. Not true: Countries like Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and in particular Hungary set an example in democracy that shames western governments.
Hungary’s Fidesz Party, headed by Prime Minister Victor Orban, enjoys a level of support far beyond the dreams of Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, and UK premier Theresa May. Seven years since their being elected Fidesz is more popular than ever. The nationalist party typically polled in excess of 60% of votes cast during recent elections.
We may deplore their apparent blindness on the Jewish question, but unlike their western peers Hungary’s parliamentarians can truthfully say they are elected because they are good at their job and not because they are considered merely better than their rivals.
Fidesz’s popularity has been achieved by doing something quite revolutionary to western ears. A novel idea: Their parliamentarians actually listen to their electorate and government policies reflect the wishes of Hungarians.
The facts speak for themselves. There are 25% more Hungarians at work today than there were in 2010. The government has retrieved industries and natural resources previously auctioned off to foreign interests by corrupt predecessors.
Hungarians have a fear of being dependent upon the whims of outside interests. Foreign influence is being eliminated in banking, media, state, and education sectors. Non-European immigrants are kept out of Hungary whilst Hungarians are presented with an eye-watering choice of inducements to marry and raise large families.
The Hungarian PM, and Czech and Polish parliamentarians, respond to EU threats and sanctions with the two-fingered salute. So they should: 98% of Hungarians reject Brussels’ impudent immigrant quotas.
The irony is that there are far greater differences in wealth, happiness, and real freedom within the European Union now than there were in Europe when that continent was split by anti-tank ditches, razor wire, watchtowers, and border checkpoints. How long before Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia erect them again to keep the “westerners” and their new arrivals out?
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