Aims for renegotiating Danish membership, watches Britain closely
The road to Hell is the headline chosen by Pia Kjærsgaard, the former chairman of the Danish Proples Party (DPP), now spokesman for values, and Morten Messerschmidt, the partys influential MEP, for a joint opinion piece about the European Union, published on June 13th in the Danish daily Berlingske.
The mere fact that the two leading party representatives stand together is sending an unmistakable signal: If prople believe there are internal divisions in the party concerning the European Union, they ought to think again.
Dispatch International has also been informed that prior to publication, the article had been approved by party chairman Kristian Thulesen Dahl.
The article does not have a single positive thing to say about the Union of which Denmark has been member since 1973.
The European Union is attempting, write Kjærsgaard and Messerschmidt, to create a new man intended to replace the Greeks, Finns, British, Austrians etc. The method is not a guillotine or extermination camps (and thanks a lot for that!), but rather a forced uniformity brought about by the suffering that the European Union, with its common currency, open borders and eastern expansion, has brought to the citizens.
Brussels views Europe as a laboratory where citizens, just like guinea pigs, can be subjected to one catastrophic experiment after another: Dismantling of border controls, politically determined currency rates, forced liberalizations and rolling back of democratic principles otherwise considered sacred. But the worst of these experiments is the introduction of the common currency, which now constitutes a severe threat to the peaceful future of the Union.
As an example, they mention that the Union has decided that the Greek and German currency rate are to be equal. The market obviously does not agree, which has led to a Greek tragedy with immense political and social consequences.
Due to the common currency, the Greeks do not have the option of solving their economic crisis by devaluing their currency.
What can they do, then? ask the two writers. Can the Greek mentality be made German? The ideologist rejoices at the challenge. The rest of us shake our heads.
Man, they write, is a a creature of habits that sometimes reach back centuries. Man is bound and formed by his history, religion, geography, pride and other characteristics that cannot be defined by formulas and prescriptions. But the ideologist neither understands nor recognizes this. The euro will lead to social unrest that makes what we have watched so far look like a walk in the park. The euro, and the reforms that are inseparable from it, is in the process of tearing the heart out of the Greek population. So far the reforms have served only to increase poverty and harmed growth and Greece is headed for a collapse.
The European Union is no longer a project of peace, Pia Kjærsgaard and Morten Messerschmidt write. It is an ideological project. And with ideologies follows the dangerous game that may trigger violent revolutions and counter-revolutions.
In Brussels, there is a recognition that the ground burning under their feet. Therefore our ideological rulers are now attempting what was probably always the final aim: The federalization of Europe. Union Commission Chairman José Barroso has said it clearly: We are to create a federation among the member countries. A federation with a common fiscal policy, common government, common debt liability, common tax collection and common issuance of debts yes, the United States of Europe. They wants to mirror the US.
The states and peoples of Europe each have their history, identity, language and culture, the two politicians stress. Differences are a precondition for being a European citizen. They give rise to borders that cannot be crossed without fatal consequences.
Kjærsgaard and Messerschmidt do not intend to discard all European cooperation. But they do argue for getting rid of the driving ideological force within the European Union. For ideologies will not be limited by reality. It is unfortunately not the first time in European history that preachers have seized power and led the people into an abyss.
According to sources central to the party, its parliamentary group and grass roots activists would rather withdraw Denmark entirely from the European Union, replacing it with a free trade community. But that is a dangerous demand to put forth, for this would strain relationships with the two center-right parties Venstre and Konservative who, according to recent opinion polls, are likely to have a majority after the next election when combined with the Danish Peoples Party.
Leaders of Venstre and Konservative have on several previous occasions rejected the idea of a joint government with Danish Peoples Party, precisely with a reference to its Euro-skeptic stance. Thus, the DPP intends to proceed with caution.
On the other hand, sources within the DPP tell Dispatch International, that the party is likely to demand a reduction of the current EU set-up by as much as 80 percent. In the period leading up to the next Danish elections, the DPP will demand that Denmark denounce core parts of the Unions political construction. Denmark is not to defer to decisions by the European Court of Justice that go beyond what is needed for trade cooperation.
Bureaucrats in Brussels should no longer decide Danish immigration policy or create obstacles to free speech, as is the case in the EU Framework Decision of 2008, which instructs member countries to punish so-called racist and xenophobic utterances.
The partys strategy is to closely mimic the course chosen by British Prime Minister David Cameron after his party has come under intense pressure from the EU opponents in UKIP, the UK Independence Party whose gains in the polls threaten to destroy his chances for reelection.
Cameron has announced that after the next British parliamentary elections, his party will demand a renegotiation of the British membership, and then send the result to a referendum.
But due to the rapidly escalating problems of the Union, events may well overtake Camerons strategy.
And in that case, the Danish Peoples Party is ready to increase its demands.