The deeper worry is nationalism. European nationalism has always had a deeper engine than simply love of one’s own. It is also rooted in resentment of others. Europe is not necessarily unique in this, but it has experienced some of the greatest catastrophes in history because of it. Historically, the Europeans have hated well. We are very early in the process of accumulating grievances and remembering how to hate, but we have entered the process. How this is played out, how the politicians, financiers and media interpret these grievances, will have great implications for Europe. Out of it may come a broader sense of national betrayal, which was just what the European Union was supposed to prevent.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Europeans Have Hated Well
George Friedman blames German Unification for Europe's woes. That's German Unification in 1871 by the way, not 1990. Big picture stuff, and well worth the read. Here's a flavour: