Editorial: Did Mrs. Merkel get the message?
The widespread concern regarding the raise of euro-skeptics and the far right was unfortunately confirmed at the ballot box. In France…
The widespread concern regarding the raise of euro-skeptics and the far right was unfortunately confirmed at the ballot box. In France and Great Britain, to mention just two of the more important –size and politically speaking- countries, the far right and anti-European parties received high rate of the vote and overall they increased their influence in the European Union. This is a message that they leaders of Europe cannot ignore anymore and they must serious question their politics.
The rise of Golden Dawn in Greece may have its political peculiarities, but our country is not the only one with a problem. Unfortunately we are not the only ones to send neo-Nazis to the European Parliament, Germany itself will also do so.
Hopefully the first meeting of the European leaders today will not be spent on the usual bargaining to split the top positions in the European institutions, but rather there will be talks about changes of policies. It is not enough for Mrs. Merkel to regretfully observe the rise of the far right and euro-skeptics while insisting that increasing competition is the only way to tackle unemployment and calm angered voters.
It is obvious that Europe needs generous initiatives to overcome the national interests and the perpetual austerity that was heralded as the cornerstone of exiting the crisis. It would be a fatal mistake if the European leaders, especially Germany, to ignore the powerful message of discontent and to insist on the same policies. The leaders of other European institutions, such as the ECB and Mr. Draghi, who have the ability to give significant boost to the growth drive in the economies, cannot remain indifferent towards this message.
For Europe to move forward the consent and approval of its people is required. The sooner Mrs. Merkel and the other leaders understand this – that they cannot be against society and its needs – the better for them, their parties and of course the European people.