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Euro-skeptics have no alternative to US security and German economic dominance

2019-05-13 09:29:15       source:CNBC

May 13, 2019

Europe’s unification process since the early 1950s has been defined by its American defense umbrella and a resurgent Germany setting the dynamics to the continent’s economy — and much more.

Those European activists pejoratively branded as populists, nationalists and xenophobes (which, for short, I will perhaps implausibly call Euro-skeptics) know, and some of them openly admit, that nothing has changed. Their hostility to the European Union is just a raw struggle for power, without any credible designs to re-establish prosperous, fully independent and entirely sovereign nation states.

The Euro-skeptics’ appeal is mainly based on protest votes of an electorate disappointed with the political, economic and social mismanagement of governing elites.

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