Whether or not the EU is powerful enough, its institutions entrenched enough, to withstand increasing calls for independent, national sovereignty is yet to be seen. From Britain to Eastern Europe, more and more nations are rebuffing the ideas of a monolithic ruling body. The EU’s role as lawmaker-in-chief over the supposedly sovereign nations has led to increasing cries for true independence from what has become the nation of Europe.
Countries with majority populations willing to acknowledge major cultural differences have elected leaders that reflect their beliefs and national interests. The issue given the greatest attention is the many problems that drastic culture clash, specifically immigrants uninterested in reasonable assimilation and unwilling to wait even days for free housing, food, etc., poses to native populations. One group of Eastern European nations, known as the Visegrad Group or V4, have been particularly staunch in their opposition to EU-mandated immigrant quotas. Formed in 1991, The V4’s official website explains their underlying core principles.
‘The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have always been part of a single civilization sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in diverse religious traditions, which they wish to preserve and further strengthen.
The Visegrad Group wishes to contribute towards building the European security architecture based on effective, functionally complementary and mutually reinforcing cooperation and coordination within existing European and transatlantic institutions.
In order to preserve and promote cultural cohesion, cooperation within the Visegrad Group will enhance the imparting of values in the field of culture, education, science and exchange of information.’
While they have not stated any intention of leaving the European Union, their unification amidst an increasingly volatile European climate is significant. Donald Tusk is a member of the European Council and a former Polish Prime Minister, and while he says that EU-mandated migrant quotas have “no future,” he added somewhat cryptically that Poland had to decide whether to "jointly solve the problems related to migration, which means securing borders, but also helping those countries who have too many refugees" or to opt for a "firm break from European solidarity," according to the EU Observer.
Essentially, Tusk is saying, take in refugees that other European countries are now regretting accepting and can’t handle, or declare independence from the EU and face the entirety of their wrath. According to such statements, Tusk would not stand a chance of being elected Prime Minister of Poland in 2017. The V4 have drawn a line in the sand, withstanding potential fines to maintain their sovereignty. Pro-EU reports frame these nations as ‘far right’ or opposed to the unification of Europe, but that’s an unfair, biased view of a complex issue.
Yes, the EU has some value, primarily freedom of trade between member countries. But its flaws have come to outweigh its benefits, as EU law overrides the laws enacted by member nations, which in and of itself goes against the concept of an independent nation. The migrant quota issue has just brought this suppression of sovereignty into the spotlight. It is the primary issue that has prompted many Austrians to urge their leadership to join the Visegrad Group in a show of solidarity against EU overreach. Naturally, a Reuters report labels the pro-V4 party in Austria as ‘far-right.’ Hogwash. Being pro-sovereignty does not make you far right, it makes you patriotic. Standing in the face of threats of sanctions and a gigantic bureaucratic body known as the European Commission makes you principled. Not doing so, and succumbing to the moral grandstanding that has been intentionally injected into the refugee debate, makes you, for the lack of a better word, a pussy.
The Czech people confirmed in their latest election that they, in fact, are not pussies. As Americans besieged by gender pronouns and bias training programs decided, it was time to inject some backbone, some brashness even, back into the head of state. The nation was at a crossroads, and we chose not to succumb to the insidiousness of political correctness and the undermining of American democratic values, namely freedom of opportunity, not freedom of outcome through social engineering. The majority of Czechs apparently have such sentiments in common with the majority of Americans. It’s not a surprise that the Czech Republic elected their own version of Donny T. They are, after all, a member of the defiant, unapologetically sovereign Visegrad Group.
The Czechs, too, are very much at a crossroads. With a European court ruling in early September against Hungary and Slovakia, who had brought a case to court essentially arguing that migrant quotas violated their sovereignty. It is likely that the Czech Republic and Poland will face similar rulings when the issue is inevitably brought to court. Standing up to these courts, most of whom are in the pocket of long-entrenched EU leadership, will take a strong leader, a political outsider.
The Czechs decided that Andrej Babis was the man for the job. Babis is the second wealthiest person in the Czech Republic – and he has chosen to remain there – so he’s got lots of skin in seeing the Republic’s preservation. As reported by Zero Hedge, Babis ‘is demanding the return of greater sovereignty from the EU, rejects the Euro and is against Muslim immigration. He has pledged to run the country like a business, while eliminating corruption.’
Those ‘Czech Donald Trump’ comparisons sound pretty accurate, indeed. Though, he has a bit more government experience, serving in a position that seems to fit his business acumen. He was the Finance Minister until he was forced out by the previous Prime Minister. Obviously, his alleged indiscretions were not enough to deter the Czech people from trusting him with their nation’s top position. And, like Trump, he’s not above a bit of self-praise which, perhaps, borders on aggrandizement.
‘He has boasted of streamlining government operations and, via a law requiring retailers to link their cash registers to the Finance Ministry, boosting budget revenue and cracking down on tax evasion. At the same time, he’s railed against EU “meddling,” a stance that resonates with voters in the bloc’s most euroskeptic member.’ (Bloomberg)
Amidst a tenuous European ‘Union,’ financial responsibility – shrewdness even – will certainly come in handy. But make no mistake, it’s Babis’ vow to put the Czech people first, and to stand up to the European Union’s increasingly bully-ish, threat-heavy tactics, that sealed his path the office of Czech Prime Minister.
Like Trump, time will tell if his actions can measure up to his words.