The Union and the Disunion on the first of August
2 August 2020
Switzerland is a small country (the size of the Netherlands) in the middle of Europe.
The Swiss Confederation
The fascinating history and culture, the (direct) democratic, the economic, monetary, political and multicultural accomplishments are (too) often overlooked and neglected by other (neighbouring) European countries.
Switzerland and the centuries of state-building (not always peaceful and neutral) to one of the most prosperous and democratic countries have a story to tell, also about the so-called European integration and Union.
The Swiss Confederation began in the thirteenth century with a loose network of more or less autonomous communities and cities in Central Switzerland.
Whether 1291 is the exact year (the oath of the communes (Orte) Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden), or a few decades later, is not relevant.
The Swiss parliament has chosen the first of August as the day of foundation of the country. No one questions the foundation of Rome by Romulus and Remus or Athens by the Goddess Athena, although all know that it is just a legend or myth.
An increasing number of Swiss citizens are rather well aware of the solid democratic, economic, social and monetary fundaments of their country.
They are critical towards this European Union and its often hasty and opportunistic (enlargement, political and monetary) projects. The ‘No’ of 50.3 % in the 1992 referendum grew to more than 76% in 2001, and the number is still on the rise.
The Swiss government withdrew the application for EU-membership in 2016, around 85% of the citizens will vote against membership in 2020.
The establishment calls it (too) often populism of poorly informed and inward-looking citizens on the country-side.
One can also call it a good intuition, a brave attitude, a properly developed sense of (direct) democracy, good fatherhood, and wellfounded realism to protect the country from the euro-populism, political opportunism, propaganda, and arbitrariness of the self-proclaimed Great Europeans.
This European Union resembles more and more a Non Governmental Organisation and Eurocracy of (dis) United European Nations of activists, covering up national interests in the name of European unity, solidarity and peace.
Switzerland and the Netherlands share a republican past (until 1813) of relatively independent provinces (the Netherlands) or Orte/cantons (Switzerland). Both countries are on top of the annual list of countries of the United Nations and the OECD nowadays. There is one big difference, however.
It is called (direct) democracy. The Swiss political system is a bottom-up system; the Dutch system is a top-down system controlled by a (new) oligarchy of bureaucrats, political parties and their media.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The Dutch government introduced the referendum in 2005. More than 63% of the people voted. The elections for the European Parliament attract around 35% of voters, although these elections are neither European, nor for a parliament, nor representative. The policy of the EU and the Dutch establishment is without alternative anyway.
Around 62% voted against further EU-integration in 2005, the establishment simply ignored the outcome and abolished the referendum a few years later. The citizens are too stupid, too provincial, too inward-looking and too nationalistic to understand the visionaries of the new European Order.
The laughing stock of the EU
The Dutch oligarchy is the laughing stock of the EU, however. This oligarchy systematically misjudges, neglects, disregards and overlooks the (nationalistic and opportunistic) ambitions of other EU-countries/politicians.
The ill-fated and hazardous euro and its illegal and lawless transfer union, Eurobonds, bail-outs and the so-called (not democratically controlled) stabilisation mechanisms, the foreign policy (if any), the lucrative (agricultural) subsidy system, states-aid are just s few examples.
Since 1891 Switzerland celebrates on the first of August the first alliance of three Orte (cantons). The congratulations go to the citizens. They are the politicians.
They made the right choices on the most challenging topics and in complicated (international) circumstances, with a little bit of luck and sometimes helped by the international situation.
But they managed. Switzerland is a democratic well-functioning Union in diversity. The EU means disunity by unifying the impossible.