European Affairs

Der Rhein, Grenze oder eine europäische Fluss ? Foto/Photo: TES.

The United Nations of Europe and Switzerland

Introduction

The citizens of Switzerland rejected closer (institutional) cooperation with the EU in 1992 (50.3%) and 2001 (71%).

In 2015, the Swiss National Bank broke off a partnership with the ECB. In 2016, the government withdrew its application to join the EU.

On 26 May, the government of Switzerland broke off negotiations with the EU on the so-called Institutional Agreement (Rahmenabkommen/accord cadre).

Switzerland had already gone (too) far by giving the Court of Justice of the European Union jurisdiction and automatically adopting EU law, neglecting the country’s direct democracy and federal model.

This Court of Justice is primarely the political motor of integration.

The former President of the German Constitutional Court, Roman Herzog, said it already in 2008, even before the systematic breach, illegality and violation of European law by the ECB and the European Commission: Stop the European Court of Justice.

Stoppt den europäischen Gerichtshof (8 September 2008, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, idem the EU-friendly Süddeutsche Zeitung of 15 May 2020).

The European Union

The unspoken motivation to reject closer institutional ties is more fundamental. What is this EU, a federation of sovereign states or the United States of Europe? What is the democratic structure?

Do European public opinion and the European people exist? Who are the Eurocrats, and the five ‘presidents’? How are they appointed, and what is their legitimacy? The summary can be short: horse-trading and opportunism.

What is the European Parliament all about. The club can not even enforce its permanent seat? Is it a representative organisation of 500 million citizens, what is the federal character and does a separation of powers (trias politica) exist?

1957-1992

When the European Union (or its predecessors, the ECSC and EEC ) was founded in 1957, it was a splendid idea in the middle of the Cold War.

However, there had not been any threat of war between the arch enemies since 1945, because there was a new enemy (communism). And because Germany did not want revenge or revanche.

It is an insult to the German people to keep using this argument. The EU did not prevent a new war. The German people (or France) did not want a new war.

Contrary to the impression given by the House of the European History in Brussels, America, the (despised) United Kingdom and Canada liberated the six founding members of the EU.

NATO kept the peace for and in Western Europe until 1989. The EU did not play any significant role. France even left NATO in 1966 and most EU-members ignore their financial obligations anyway.

The EU was initially a customs union and an economic organisation (steel, agriculture and free movement of goods, services, capital and people). This concept has proven its usefulness and value.

It has gone very wrong in 1991: the Maastricht Treaty, euro, foreign policy and (illegal) interferences in more and more areas.

A recent example is the Corona crisis: the EU has no legal basis for policy in health care. The so-called EU passport for vaccination is also hot air: the EU can never guarantee the validity of the system because the Member States supply the data.

The same lies, deceit and fraud will be committed as is the case with the euro, asylum policy, foreign policy or, for example, state aid.

In the same way, the Corona Recovery Plan and the Green Deal will end up in a similar EU morass.

The ECB, ECoJ and European Commission

The debtors, and not the creditors, decide about the illegal and il fated policy of the ECB and the European Commission. It is, of course, absurd that Cyprus or Malta has the same voting weight as, say, Germany or the Netherlands.

Another former president of the German Constitutional Court, Mr. Paul Kirchhof, is very clear about the policy of the ECB: illegal and to such an extent that the Court of Justice of the European Union judges in bad faith c.q. is a corrupt court. (Die Welt, Die Geldpolitik der EZB ist Verfassungswirdig, 7 July 2021).

The German (and Dutch) parliaments also ignore their tasks and oaths to their constitutions and systematically mislead their citizens by the so-called ‘without alternative’ dogma. Why should people still go the ballot anyway ?

Switzerland

The vast majority of Swiss people are not opposed to the concept of the European Union. The deep understanding and long history of (European and global) business, different languages and cultures speak for themselves.

The EU that meets the (high) democratic, federal, constitutional, and decentralised Swiss standards is welcomed.

Switzerland is neither a paradise,  nor are its citizens better people. Despite its (many) shortcomings and many (historical) mistakes, the country simply has the best political system to manage four languages, cultures and many more (cantonal) histories and regions.

The EU à la Suisse would have a great future, unity in diversity. This EU, however, is miles away from this concept.

2004

The EU is becoming increasingly entangled in inconsistencies, wishful thinking, ambitions, pacta non sunt servanda and breaches of the law.

The EU had its last chance in 2004. The EU explicitly stated that there would be no enlargement with ten (former) communist countries, Malta and Cyprus, without a fundamental reform of the structures for six countries, the founding fathers in 1957.

Instead of making fundamental choices, the EU once again opted to rush ahead without consulting the citizens.

The citizens of the Netherlands (61% ) and France overwhelmingly  rejected these ambitions in 2005, but the results were ignored.

The referendum was even abolished in the Netherlands for this reason, even without the legally obligatory referendum to consult the citizens about abolishing the referendum.

Democracy à néerlandaise in a narco state.

The EU is a European NGO

It was apparently of greater importance to the EU to involve as many millions and millions of people and countries as possible in a Europe without functioning structures that had not even been defined yet.

Turkey, why not? What is the next step? Morocco, Algeria and Israel, so that the EU also brings peace to this region and finally lives up to its bizarre Peace Nobel Prize from 2012?

The ill fated policy in the Balkan wars (1991-1999), Rwanda 1994, Lybia, Ukraine and Sahel and the (financial, business and political) support for (European) dictatorships nowadays tell the real values of this EU.

This EU is a bureaucratic, chaotic, opportunistic mishmash of ideological, social, economic, financial, foreign, energy and other policies.

This EU has all the hallmarks of a European-level NGO, the United Nations of Europe. The eurocrats are in their element as activists on issues such as climate, environment, racism, gender, colonialism and related topics.

However, the real issues are not being tackled (reforms), and dictators are being spared, financed or rewarded. There is no self-reflection, but more and more rhetoric, wishful thinking, money and subsidies instead.

The euro and the open border policy are two examples of over-ambitious and politically motivated projects put into practice with the stroke of a pen.

Citizens who still had a say in these issues left the EU or said No. (Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark). This EU even abuses the Irish peace process for its purposes in the Brexit process, just as Switzerland is intimidated and (illegally) sanctioned.

The Swiss are well aware of the use, urgency, (successful) projects and activities of the European Union. But there is no clear vision of the future of the EU in all statements and developments.

Democracy and Quality

The Swiss have no democratic, moral, legal, social, political, economic or financial motivation to join. Rejecting closer institutional cooperation does not make the country a ‘bad European’.

Democracy can never be put into perspective. That is what the large majority of Swiss citizens understand very well.

The Swiss culture, mentality and democratic, federal history and attitude play a significant role in this reaction.

Switzerland is a small (trading) nation with considerable industrial power and one of the strongest currencies in the world.

Another characteristic of Swiss society is the dislike of dominant political personalities and the structures that make them possible.

The country has a low rate of tax evasion. The result is a better and higher income for everyone than in most (EU)countries, and a high standard of living. Swiss society has, up to now, not known ghettos or banlieus. The integration of minorities is also going relatively well.

The combination of solid training in apprenticeships and high respect for the craftmanship, the high level of the universities,  engineering schools and professional training,  innovation, know-how, competitive industry, the number of start-ups, modern technology and the sense of aesthetics and high quality are unique in the world.

Furthermore, Switzerland uses the militia system for its army and parliaments (although the system faces some difficulties).

Switzerland also has one of the (relatively) most extensive lists of Nobel Prize winners and patent registrations in the world.

Switzerland is a modern, cosmopolitan and multicultural society. In almost every corner of the country, from Scuol in Graubünden to Fleurier in the canton of Neuchâtel, a modern infrastructure of public transport, hospitals, and other public services has been developed.

The social security and healthcare systems are among the most efficient in the world.

Conclusion

The EU-accession would destroy much of this democratic, monetary, social, economic, moral and natural oasis in the middle of Europe and grind it into its mills.

Switzerland is not only in the heart of Europe, but the country is also a global player.

The rejection of closer institutional ties with the EU does not make the country ‘a bad European’. Some selfreflection would benefit this EU and its self-proclaimed Great Europeans.