By Niels de Groot and John R. Thomson
From the International Desk
Published 2/24/2003 1:56 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Cracks are beginning to appear in the forced structure of the European Union. In announcing their objections to France and Germany's domineering diktat, eight EU members have signaled their opposition to a more dangerous cultural shift that has taken place over the past 50 years. If not brought under control, this shift will erode performance and stifle ambition to the point where the Continent becomes a permanent second class society to North America, Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and, eventually, Russia.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's recent identification of the "new Europe," brilliantly identified this shift of half of Europe away from the growing control of Brussels bureaucrats. His casual reference may well prove to be one of the brightest foreign policy statements of President George W. Bush's administration. It is noteworthy that it emanated from the Department of Defense, and not the State Department.
The progressive centralization and statist control of the "Europeanization" of the continent began following World War II, in the 1950s. As it has gathered followers, it is as if a new race has been forming in much of Europe, a breed different from anything we have seen before. This new race is not yet in absolute control, but it should be recognized that a majority of Europeans has become accustomed to government guidance, in preference to market motivation.
The appropriate name for this new race is Eurosocialists. Not Euro-Socialists, no hyphens, no beating around the bush. Rather, a clear identification of those who would create a single, pervasively centralized continent from a score of individual nations.