Today’s Euroelites don’t have a right to be, in reference to Kundera’s play, the owners of the keys to Europe. Europe belongs to us all, but those wannabe Europeans seek to take it away from us in accordance with their very non-European interests. The EU is no longer about a cooperation among sovereign European states, it pretends to be something rather than it actually is.
Those Euroelites want to make a good living from politics, they thereby enjoy opportunities of the EU – to shake off democratic control from politics, a control which still exists within each European state, but not on a European level.
Every society and at least partly functional collective entities are more than just an administrative, technical or procedural construction. For their existence to be fulfilled, there has to be an authentic sense of identity of those who belong to those entities.
In terms of identity, I don’t feel the same about Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks and Austrians as I feel about the nations in the North, West and South of Europe. Consequently, it also diminishes my ability to identify myself with the European project. Which is why the whole European unification process is unjustifiable.
Recently, a university professor asked me who is a European Commissioner and what he does. Such ignorance is striking, how one can care so little about something that affects him so much? In my perspective, it has a lot to do with a term ‘voter ignorance’. It justifies a situation when to understand something takes too much time and effort while the impact of one vote is too low.
I believe that ignorance in regard to the European institutions and mechanisms isn’t accidental. I think it has been built intentionally, based on a well-targeted manipulation of the public opinion. First of all, we must set the terms straight, especially the misleading term integration that has changed significantly from the original meaning it had 50-60 years ago.
The new abbreviation EU, created in 1992, stands for a supranational entity that replaces Westphalian national states. One of the main problems of the current Europeism is a transformation from democracy to liberal democracy, which means total devaluation of the term democracy itself. In fact, it is not about democracy or liberal values. But Euroelites do not want to hear that. Thus I believe now it is time to change the ‘European order’.