The EU is no longer in the center of the liberal world order and, like many other international organizations, is in crisis, writes columnist for the Guardian Martin kettle. Moreover, the exit of Britain from the European unit only exacerbates the situation, because it will reduce his influence and wealth on the background of increasing external and internal problems, said the journalist.
ReutersВероятно, a week before voting day in the UK happens “most surreal moment” of the campaign. On 4 December, NATO leaders, including Donald trump and Boris Johnson, will gather at a conference in Watford. They will discuss a number of important issues, but it probably will not be able to solve them, writes columnist for the Guardian Martin kettle.
According to him, an international summit could be “an invaluable opportunity” for the leader,which participates in the elections. These meetings, due to their scope and importance, make the incumbent a free ad, reminding voters that he has an important place in the international arena is in a trust relationship with a powerful ally and can easily cope with the most heavy responsibilities. This meeting would benefit the Prime Minister and his opponents would have only “gnash their teeth in despair”. But the upcoming summit will not be so. Rather, he should wait for new challenges than opportunities. Moreover, this meeting may be “the most devastating” event in the British elections. Partly because of the “reckless arrogance” of Johnson, but mostly because of trump, whose comments about brexia and Britain can “exert a powerful effect on the vote,” said kettle. “However, the NATO summit 2019 also is a relevant signal of something much greater in modern history. This difficult summit will be a miniature display of a wider crisis that involves the international organisations created after 1945. This crisis forms the material context of vote 12 Dec, and political choice that he poses to Britain. Moreover, the vote itself is also a symptom of this crisis,” — says the author. At the summit in Cardiff will discuss “the many political failures”. Among them Syria, where NATO member Turkey is attacking the allies of the most powerful members of the Alliance — USA; Afghanistan, where the military bloc still can’t finish the longest military mission; and Russia, “the threats which are intended to confront NATO”, but whose “closeness” with trump may have cost him the presidential chair and whose “fraud” in the British policy of “trying to stifle” Johnson, says kettle. “In other words, the NATO summit is not an opportunity to assure the voters that all is well and the situation is in good hands. Far more logical to assume that this event will make them cautious about the increasingly uncertain and gloomy future of our country and its needs in alliances. 30 years after the destruction of the Berlin wall and end the cold war, the good opinion of that Europe then was in the center of the liberal global order based on rules, more not true. The reality today is different. Based on the rules of the order went into decline. And the European continent is no longer at its centre” — says columnist. According to Kettle, it is not only NATO. The UN also became weaker as the Brenton-woods financial system. International organizations have to apply unprecedented effort to use their power and influence in the face of trump, China and “the audacity of repressive States”, including Russia and Turkey. Brakcet, which is a major issue in the upcoming elections also need to be considered as a manifestation of the broader collapse, not just “the inner psychological drama of Britain”. After all, the country’s withdrawal from the EU, not only will significantly reduce the wealth and influence of the bloc, but destabilizie it, the journalist stresses. The former head of MI6 John Sawers said that for many years the stability of the European Union was a three-legged chair, which was supported by Germany, France and Britain. Not hard to imagine what the consequences would be if you pull out one of the legs. Brakcet not brought down the EU. Moreover, in response to members of the organization rallied even stronger. However, ten years ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed that Europe, with its relatively small population on a global scale will have to work extremely hard to remain competitive in the global market and to simultaneously maintain the most generous welfare system. All that the head of the German government said then, today it has become even more relevant, and taking into account such global factors as trade wars, increased migration, and rising inequality, the conditions became even more hard, the author notes. In his view, the election results in Britain are of great importance not only for the country but for Europe as a whole. In the world of the XXI century the European countries, even “peripheral, such as the UK” will remain disproportionately dependent on common world, trade, values, security, and many other practical ties on the continent. “It will be a difficult century for Europe, including the UK, with brexia or without him. But we will still be better together than apart. Best alternatives does not exist. And lie about the fact that this alternative still exists, it is necessary to expose on 12 December,” concludes Martin kettle.Source