Wednesday, June 30, 2021

BOOK: Europe's Existential Dilemma: To Be or Not to Be an American Vassal, by Guy Mettan

While Europe as a whole remains a first world economic power despite Brexit, it has been unable to build a truly democratic and efficient state or carry weight as a respected power on the international scene. Its splendid intellectual and artistic icons of the past two centuries are dimming in memory. No longer is Europe a radiant cultural or intellectual Mecca for the world.
"This engaging book on Europe's options encourages the reader to have the courage of his/her convictions and proactively defend and build upon Europe's rich cultural and religious heritage ,,, this book is a must-read for all who want to understand the current crisis of identity and the importance of reaffirming European and in particular Swiss democratic traditions.." 
ALFRED DE ZAYAS, former UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

Guy Mettan is a journalist and Swiss politician. Former director and editor-in-chief of the main Geneva newspaper Tribune de Genève, he is presently the executive director of the Geneva Press Club and columnist for various Swiss newspapers. Member of the Geneva Parliament since 2001, he was the speaker of the Parliament in 2010 and author of several books, most lately  Creating Russophobia: From the Great Religious Schism to Anti-Putin Hysteria. He lives in Geneva.

It's not just that...
Mettan examines in greater depth the problems confronting contemporary Europe—its democratic "deficit"; the stifling primacy of economics and law over politics; the sprawling expansion of an ever unsatisfactory governing institutions; its inability to secure peace within its territory; and far from least, the ongoing encroachment on its sovereignty by the United States.
US vassalization looms
Europe faces two possible futures. It can choose to lapse into insignificance, subservient to ever increasing US demands and ascendancy, unable to address its unique concerns in defense or energy policy while being denied potential economic benefits from a rising China and forced into ever deeper and dangerous confrontation with Russia. 
Europeans, fully conscious of what is at stake, face up to Europe's problems and create an institutional framework that will enable it to stave off its inevitable decline into vassalization—seizing the opportunity of the new space opened by the emerging Chinese power to create a truly democratic and sovereign federal union. 
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