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Europas Nationalisten können nur mit mehr Europa geschlagen werden

BRUSSELS – Die Entscheidung der britischen Wähler, die Europäische Union zu verlassen, ist bedauernswert, aber nicht überraschend. Seit Jahrzehnten haben es britische Politiker vermieden, die EU-Mitgliedschaft explizit zu befürworten oder den Briten auch nur zu erklären, wie die Union funktioniert und warum sie notwendig ist.

Während seiner gesamten Amtszeit hat David Cameron weder Engagement noch Bereitschaft gezeigt, sich sinnvoll mit der EU auseinanderzusetzen. Er war immer schon halb zur Tür hinaus, wenn er wiederholt über die gesichtslosten Bürokraten in Brüssel wetterte. Traurigerweise reichte sein Versuch, die EU-Mitgliedschaft während der Brexit-Kampagne in letzter Minute zu retten, nicht aus, um die Folgen jahrzehntelanger Lügen für die öffentliche Meinung zu revidieren.

Großbritannien hat gegen den Rat von Freunden und Alliierten die Isolation in Europa gewählt. Jetzt, da der postimperiale Niedergang komplett ist, ist die wichtigste Lektion, die wir aus dem Brexit-Referendum mitnehmen, das sein Schicksal besiegelt hat, dass man dem Nationalismus nicht beikommt, indem man ihm Zugeständnisse macht. Wenn die EU das Wiedererstarken der Nationalismen verhindern will, das ihren Daseinszweck unterminiert, muss sie den Sorgen der Menschen zuhören und eine radikale neue Vision für effektives Regieren anbieten. Geschieht dies nicht, wird sich der nationalistische Krebs ausbreiten.

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