The Spirit is Gone

The History

I saw it coming since the 1980s when, after graduating in law in Germany, I specialized on International Law and European Integration. My vision about a unified Europe was critical from the start.

After successfully passing both of my state examinations and registering as a lawyer, then acquiring my ‘Certificate for European Studies’ from Saarland University, I participated in a competition for a post at the European Parliament Administration in Brussels. Among 800 lawyers from Germany, only 24 made it to the waiting list. I was among them.

But six months afterwards I was informed that not even the first of the list had been recruited. This opened my eyes about how money is wasted in the EU, as they do these competitions every year, spending millions of Euros on examining people, and then recruiting nobody for ‘budgetary reasons.’

Then I got befriended with a department director in the European Commission in Brussels, Dr. T. I visited him several times and we became friends. He was one of the teachers who were teaching ‘European Integration’ at the ‘Europa Institut’ at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. Dr. T. told me honestly he was very dissatisfied with his life and his work. He had just completed another ‘Richtlinie’ (which is how ‘laws’ are called on the EU level) and it went into the drawer because of ‘political decision-making.’ He advised me to seek out other job options and as my own mother had worked for 25 years for the government, I knew that it’s not for me.

The Situation

All my friends deserted me, except the ones from outside of Europe. My European friends thought I was ‘totally negative’ about Europe and the EU. Well, I was just realistic and want to give here some recent details why after all I was right, and they were wrong.

Just review the ten slides on this article to see where we are now in Europe, and you know what’s going on:

Let me walk you through the slides.

  1. France
    Leader of the French National Front Marine le Pen has pledged to hold a French referendum.
  2. Netherlands
    Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders pledged to make the EU membership a key issue in the next general election. In fact, a whopping 88 percent of the people polled by a top Dutch newspaper said they were in favor of an in/out vote along British lines.
  3. Austria
    Former right-wing Austrian Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer said his country should have a referendum within a year.
  4. Poland
    Law and Justice leader Jaroslav Kaczynski said: ‘The conclusion is obvious. We need a new European Treaty.’
  5. Sweden
    Before Brexit, Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren Denmark and Sweden were already on the brink of quitting, suggesting a ‘Nordic trading bloc’ led by Britain could be born.
  6. Denmark
    The Danes held a referendum last December and decided against handing over  more powers to the EU.
  7. Hungary
    Prime minister Viktor Orban warned that Europe needs to change its ways.
  8. Italy
    Northern League leader Matteo Salvin will start a petition calling for an EU referendum, however his party scored a dismal 4% at the last election.


The very fact that there are 8 ‘candidates’ for exiting the EU shows that my long-term prognosis was never in doubt: EU is a façade and nobody really wants it, and this being said, it is obvious that a political union, which was the ultimate goal from the start (with a common defense strategy and a unified military force) will never see the day.

That in turn means that Europe will be exposed to war in the upcoming Nato-Russia  war, 2017-2023, for they have no effective defense in place, except perhaps Germany. And also note that for the first time since 1945, Germany has upgraded its military and for the first time since 1945 during the recent terror attacks armed soldiers were in the streets for protecting civilians.

Also important to know is that the gap between Germany and Turkey widens as Germany has sent weapons to the Kurdish separatists in Iraq, while Turkey-Germany relations turn sour over the refugee deal and the refusal of the EU to agree to visa-free travel for Turcs as well as the German Bundestag vote about the Armenian genocide committed by Turkey and the recent report issued by the German Ministry of Interior about Turkey supporting extremist Islamist groups.

The peace in Europe is over soon, wait for next year. Separatist politics always in human history was the by-product of conflict, while unifying efforts are the by-product of peace. After 70 years of unification in Europe, the cardhouse collapses right now under our eyes and the result will once again be war, civil war, large-scale civil unrest, relentless terror attacks and ongoing economic decline.

And while the details may not be that important at this point, what is important is that the European Spirit, once so much alive, is dead now, and this is a grave result, for since the Renaissance, and here all international law experts agree, there was nothing as destructive for human growth and world peace than the construct of national sovereignty.

And this is exactly where the devil is in the game: it is once again the uprising of nationalism and national pride that brings the carefully built European structure to disintegrate. And national sovereignty has been shown as the single most destructive political ideology that was ever made a part of international law.