America Wake Up! Europe Wants to Be a Superpower

European Union leaders have reached agreement on a new treaty that many Europeans hope will transform the 27-nation bloc into a superpower capable of counter-balancing the United States in global affairs.

The 250-plus page Reform Treaty, which EU leaders will formally sign in Lisbon on December 13, calls for a permanent EU president, a European foreign minister and a European Union diplomatic service. The agreement also calls for EU nations to surrender sovereignty in many areas to centralized decision-making; and it reduces national veto rights to allow more decisions to be made by majority voting instead of by unanimous consent.

The Reform Treaty, in its essence, is all about the centralization of political power by an unelected ruling clique in Brussels that wants to pursue its superpower ambitions free from the constraints of democracy. The new treaty is nearly identical to the proposed European Constitution that voters rejected in 2005. But this time around, ordinary Europeans will not be invited to vote on the document. Only Ireland says it will submit the treaty to a popular vote. The other EU countries hope quietly to seek ratification in their parliaments, a far less risky way than direct democracy of getting the document approved. If the treaty is ratified by all 27 governments, it will take effect in January 2009.

But can Europe become a superpower? And should Americans care? No and yes.

The biggest barrier to European superpowerdom is that European elites refuse to bring their postmodern fantasies about the illegitimacy of military “hard power” into line with the way the rest of the world interprets reality. Indeed, after years of overselling the efficacy of diplomatic and economic “soft power” as the elixir for the world’s problems, Europeans have been losing, not gaining, international influence.

Three years of European “soft power” diplomacy have not persuaded Iran to abandon what even the most cynical Europeans say is a clandestine nuclear-weapons program. If anything, Iran has been emboldened by European equivocation. At the same time, China and Russia, expert practitioners of the game of power politics, continue to pursue aggressive trade and energy policies vis-à-vis Europe with obvious impunity. Meanwhile, most Europeans admit that their peacekeeping performance in Afghanistan and Lebanon has been downright pathetic, even embarrassing in the case of Spain.

So why do Europeans continue to assail American “hard power” as bad for the world, when their own “soft power” consistently fails to make the grade?

Because the American military magnifies the preponderance of US power and influence on the world stage, thereby exposing the fiction behind Europe’s superpower pretensions. Because the United States has set the standard for what it means to be a superpower, European elites seek to de-legitimize one of the main pillars of American might, namely its military hard power. Europeans know they will never achieve hard power parity with America, so they want to change the rules of the international game to make soft power the only acceptable superpower standard.

This is why Americans should care about further European integration: The EU is trying to ensconce a system of international law (based on its own image and on that of the United Nations) that it hopes will make it prohibitively costly in the realm of international public opinion for the United States to use its military in the future. For Europeans, multilateralism is all about neutering American hard power, not about solving international problems. It is about Lilliputians tying down Gulliver.

By bending over backwards to appease European sensibilities on Iran, for example, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dragged the United States headfirst into a multilateral trap that has been set by pacifist Europeans. Their main desire is to prevent America from acting against Iran, even if it means that Islamic radicals in Tehran end up with a nuclear bomb.

Many Europeans are hoping the next American president will adopt a more postmodern relativist perception of reality. All the more reason, therefore, why Americans should examine if the leading presidential contenders are committed to the “hard power” that plays such a vital role in securing American interests and ideals around the world. Europeans may understand even better than do many Americans just how much is at stake in the upcoming US presidential election.

European elites are pushing the EU in a direction that should be deeply disconcerting to Americans concerned about international security and stability. The Reform Treaty will make Europe more centralized and far less democratic than it already is. In practice, this means that many foreign policy decisions that directly affect the United States, ranging from economics and trade to transatlantic cooperation on Islamic counter-terrorism, increasingly will be made by unelected anti-American bureaucrats in Brussels rather than by national governments.

Europeans claim they are American allies, but increasingly their conduct says they are rivals. Americans should take another look and see if further European integration is really in the US interest. At the very least, Washington should send an unambiguous message to free-riding Europeans: future attempts at anti-American coalition building will be very costly. International security depends on it.

Europe as a Superpower will never happen

Europe, a ‘Superpower,’ only in the wildest dreams of the most foolish dreamers. The EU is now in a ‘slow motion’ meltdown. The population is aging and the higher income people are now collecting pensions. At the same time, the younger people are often Muslims who pay little in taxes, but they collect much more in social services and education for their many children.

In fifteen more years, you will see a collapse of Europe as we know it now. Europe counts on a large number of tourists to keep the economy moving. When the Muslims become bolder, better organized and more angry, the tourists will not want to visit Europe.

@ Zen Master

Well stated.....My family in Belgium, they have about 53% taken out of their paychecks. Then, whenever they buy something they are facing VAT taxes (18% in restaurants..$7.00 a gallon for gasoline, etc). Listening to what they all can get as "social benefits", children allowances, double paid vacation, 13th month pay, pregnancy vacation, a few days off to conceive a child, one year or more pay before being laid off... etc, etc..
The "hard working" European is indeed "aging"...


You talk about France and Germany not giving a toss about Afghanistan and Iraq.In my opinion the greatest potential threat to ALL of us lies in neither Afghanistan,Iraq or even Iran at the moment.Keep your eyes on PAKISTAN...

If Ron Paul becomes the next

If Ron Paul becomes the next President of the USA, let's see what happens when he pulls all US troops out of everywhere. Let's face it, France, Germany don't give a toss about iraq or afghanistan, so that will leave the UK floundering around like headless chickens

Europe's American Friends

America will not wake up. There are too many Americans arleady that drool over Europe and its institutions. Ask the average American college student where they'd rather live, America or Europe, and you will find Europe topping the list. Most of the liberal-minded individuals in this nation will cheer on the creation of a European superpower .

@Pocono Living

"Ask the average American college student where they'd rather live, America or Europe, and you will find Europe topping the list."

I wish they would move there too. It'd be fewer stupid lefties in America, which is a good thing.

Let me add to the indictment

Let me add a few "bullets" to Soeren Kern's excellent indictment:

*The European Unionists imagine that their "soft power" perspective will become invincible by the accession to it of Islamic money and manpower. Like the deluded "Cliveden set" in England in the 1930s, which thought it could brilliantly ride the Nazi tiger against its enemies to the East, so the European Unionists imagine that they can ride the Islamic powers to their own benefit in a Brussels-led Eurabia, to the detriment of the United States.

*The Kyoto Treaty is the means by which the over-regulated and heavily cartelized European Union hopes to shackle the U.S. economy and the rising economic powers of China and India. The Kyoto Treaty is the successor to the European cartelists' earlier failed effort to sabotage the U.S. economy, the Club of Rome, Limits to Growth movement. The politician-written "executive summaries" attached to the UN's global warming reports are pseudo-scientific rubbish.

*If the European Union succeeds in getting its union treaty approved, to propitiate Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Iran it will block anti-missile defense systems being installed in Eastern Europe. This will be the death blow to NATO. 


Envy is an ugly thing...

All the more reason why Hildebeast must not be elected - she would concede to this and sell out America.


Re: John Bolton's new book

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Europe a superpower? Laugh! Europe will be a supercrisis

Good luck being a superpower while all your capital cities try to fight against the imposition of Islamic Sharia law when all the "youths" become voting age  and the native Europeans are busy moving elsewhere or aboring their babies.

And their economies all collapse due to pensions.

I am surpremely confidently unconcerned about a superpower coming from EUtopa