7 février 2017

REVUE : European Union Foreign Affairs Journal (vol. 4, 2016)

Hans-Jürgen ZAHORKA

We are in a time when states must cooperate, must integrate, have to create new structures. When integration and being internationally interwoven is without doubt the most modern and adequate form of diplomacy in all sectors, we are, however, sliding back into the world of the 19th Century - with national states, nationalistic parties and politicians. Sometimes I have the impression to wake up “in the wrong movie”.

As Brexit, the referendum-induced departure of Great Britain from the EU - may /with small m) it come or finally not - is an urgent issue, much to the detriment of the British people whose vote on 23.6.2016 is considered to be the absolute wisdom by the Theresa May Government, we have to assume that UK might in a couple of years be a third country to the rest of the EU. Therefore we will include from now this strange inner-British infight into our content. The Britain from the past gave us all a lot - from the Beatles, Carnaby Street, Inspector Barnaby, the old auntie BBC, the driving on the left, the pirate radios in the 1960s - in short: Modern Britain exercised a high impact in socialisation of the young generations, of cultural influence. But it is now resembling a country where one chicken does not really know what the other does (and chicken are e.g. ministers). And if we talk animals, Theresa May may be Trump's poodle now - a serious challenge for the Société de protection des animaux.

If at the end a UK with a weakened economy, a younger generation which actively wants to belong to Europe, refuses to follow old dreams of colonialism - see the attempts to land with India, Australia New Zealand, and of course with Trump's United States - would not approve the package with the EU, either by Parliament or in another referendum, or both, then we can be happy to have made an interesting mistake in EUFAJ which normally looks mainly outwards of the EU. Maybe then there will be a reasonable conservative (with a small c) party, either re-europeanised or the result of a split-up.

Hans-Jürgen Zahorka

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