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Criticising the EU is “dangerous” – will it soon become a criminal offence?

I’ve just read one of the most chilling articles I have ever seen. It was in the international (English language) version of the German magazine Der Spiegel. The headline was “Fanning The Flames of the Euro Crisis: Europe’s 10 Most Dangerous Politicians”. The article included a “rogues’ gallery” of Europe’s 10 supposedly “most dangerous politicians“.

I don’t know who half of them are, but they include Nigel Farage from the UK, Marine Le Pen from France, Geert Wilders from Holland and Timo Soini from Finland

What they all have in common is that they have all dared to criticise the EU bureaucracy and their great European project. The grovellingly europhiliac Der Spiegel accused these 10 “most dangerous politicians” of being “populists who are whipping up sentiment – and thereby worsening the crisis”. Furthermore, Der Spiegel was outraged that these 10 “most dangerous politicians” were “playing with fire that could threaten the entire European project”. And Der Spiegel ranted that the 10 “most dangerous politicians” were criticising the EU “to attract as many voters as they can for their own gain. All of this, of course, comes at the expense of a united Europe”.

Der Spiegel was particularly outraged that Marine Le Pen had said: “Frau Merkel and her friends, Van Rompuy and the European Commission are in the final stages of creating a European Soviet Union. We are about to lose our status as a free nation”. What Der Spiegel didn’t mention was that respected former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was quoted about six years ago as saying: “The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe.”

What is frightening about this article is the mindset it reveals. The Europhiliacs, like Der Spiegel, seem to believe that everything the EU does is right and anyone who dares question our masters in Brussels must therefore be wrong and “dangerous”. It never occurs to the Europhiliacs that people like Farage and Le Pen and Wilders might represent their compatriots’ desire to be free of the crushing weight of the corrupt, wasteful EU bureaucracy that is crippling European economies, crushing industry, destroying jobs and ruining lives (particularly in countries where youth employment is above 50%).

Already the Europhiliacs are calling those who criticise the EU “dangerous”. The EU bureaucrats overthrew elected governments in Italy and Greece and replaced them with more obedient EU lackeys. In Greece, the admittedly rather unpleasant but democratically-elected members of Golden Dawn have been arrested and the Greek Parliament has voted to deprive the anti-EU party of any state funding. I wonder how long it will be until our EU masters decree that any criticism of them is “damaging to European solidarity”, “risks inflaming hatred” and therefore should be a criminal offence?

Here’s the article http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/ten-politicians-who-worsen-the-euro-crisis-with-aggressive-rhetoric-a-848762.html

Oh, and here’s a comment I quite liked from a reader of a national newspaper: “Our Lords and Masters have a new, slightly less ambitious goal: the euro survives.  Nothing else.  Prosperity is unnecessary.  Stability is unnecessary.  Growth is unnecessary. However weak, however ineffectually it replaces such strong currencies as the Deutschmark and the Franc, the euro shall be considered a success if it continues to exist as a currency, like the Angolan Kwanza or the Bangladeshi Taka, and all policy shall be directed to that end.  Nations in Europe exist to serve the currency, not the currency to serve the nations. This is not economics.  This is religion”

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