The European Union, known to be a bastion of freedom, an economic titan, and a political powerhouse has, in recent times, come under fire from a vast majority of people. Brexit, the noble effort of the British population to break away from the EU, is a seemingly last-ditch effort by a European power to withdraw from the self-professed, perfect political union. A narrative that has long-since been debunked, but not illustrated by the powers that be, nor the mainstream media outlets whose job is to provide accurate news to those who fly the flag of this totalitarian, dictatorial regime. Dare I say, a union birthed by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime that the West once opposed so vehemently?
I know, you just cringed harder than a westerner faced with a fellow voicing his disapproval of the radical Islamic ideology and the various atrocities that habitually seem to come with it. Give it a few minutes, though: by the end of this article you will understand its statement.
It’s widely misinterpreted that Britain is full of racism, Islamophobes, and anything else that ends in ism or phobe. The given assumptions are often misattributed and wrongly portrayed under the guise of the various far-right nationalist groups that are gaining mainstream media attention. Needless to say, those who spin the web tend to spin a web of lies; but, you already knew that. Right?
In truth — and I would know, given that I am a Briton — those of us who voted Leave in the referendum did so to preserve the culture of a nation, from which we are proud to have spawned. Yes, there have been dark days, historical atrocities, and a repertoire of colonial sins, but we have evolved from that and contributed significantly to the modern world. Is this relevant to anything? I am sure you’re asking. Well, yes. It is.
Though the American history books may suggest that America won World War II, all those years ago, the history books across the rest of the world tend to show a different narrative. One externally recognized fact is that, in the darkest hour of Europe’s modern history, Britain stood tall and fought back against the German regime. The historical colonizer and global powerhouse used its dwindling strengths to repel fascism, in an attempt to give Europe its last chance of freedom. And, seemingly, Britain succeeded in this effort — eventually assisted by both the Soviet Union and America.
Regardless of the nations involved and their individual contributions to the war effort, all of the Allied forces suffered severe losses; for a good reason, as far as we are all aware. The good reason being peace and prosperity within the European region, later the invention of the European Economic Area, and the eventual, seemingly, covert creation of the European Union.
That went sour. I’d say oops, but I’ve little sympathy and an unwavering sense of bravery when faced by unlikely odds. I say that because I know you probably haven’t heard of what I am about to speak.
So, let us fall back to Berlin, 1942, in our page-powered Tardis; the National Socialist Party, led by Adolf Hitler, met up to discuss the future of post-war Europe. The document that was drawn up, the Europäische Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft, aptly translated as the European Economic Area, featured a myriad of dictatorial rules regarding the future ruling of the European state. From agricultural policies, the demilitarization of Great Britain, to the federalization of all nations under the European flag.
This ideal supposedly died with Nazi Germany, after their defeat. One could argue, however, that this statement is untrue. Present for the greater majority of Hitler’s dealings during the Nazi regime was a man named Walter Hallstein. Hallstein was a member of the notorious Nazi Association of Law Protectors, membership for which was restricted to individuals who had uncompromising support for, and participation in, the implementation of the Nazi ideology across Europe. In this memorandum, Walter Hallstein states that he is a member of the organization.
Essential to this next part is Hallstein’s conquest speech on 23 January 1939, in Rostock, just a short while before the outbreak of World War II. Hallstein referred to the German plan of linking up Austria with Germany, and also with parts of what was, at the time, Czechoslovakia. Using his professional speak, Hallstein explained — as stated in his original, hand-written manuscript — that the seizing and combination of these countries is the legal right of Germany, and that they would become part of, what he called, ‘Greater Germany.’ It was put to the attendees of this meeting that this process would be part of the ‘Legal Germanization of the New Territories’. Hallstein also added that one of the unfinished tasks and failures of the Second German Reich was its inability to create and implement a ‘Unified Legal System’ for the ‘Greater Germany’ concept.
Why is this guy relevant? I am sure you are wondering. Well, because Walter Hallstein survived the war — after pleading his lack of connection to Hitler and the National Socialists, during the post-war trials at Nuremberg. Not only did he survive the war, but he also went on to develop the ideology that has been espoused in 1942 by Hitler. More importantly, and this is the clanger: in 1957, the Treaties of Rome, the founding documents of the Brussels European Union, were signed. Walter Hallstein’s signature was on them. The lawyer of the Nazi party, who shared Hitler’s views and ambitions, was to become the first President of the European Commission — the unelected bureaucracy that ruled then, and now, over the European project.
One could, perhaps, assume that Hallstein had changed his views and his ways. The reality, however, is exposed in Hallstein’s book, Europe In The Making, published in 1972. The book revealed that his views were no different from his beliefs during the war and that his vision for Europe, just like the Europäische Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft stated was that the European Commission should be entrusted to take the initiative in all matters that affect Europe. Hallstein goes on to state that there are very few exceptions to this rule, but that they should be removed as soon as possible.
To me, that seems pretty dictatorial — I am sure you agree. But, Hallstein goes further, stating that the unelected European Commission should, at some point, be granted the power to take all measures needed to implement Europe’s laws without the vote of approval from the Council of Ministers — the group of national government ministers who meet under the European flag. Ergo, unelected leaders should have the ultimate authority over the entire European population, which is precisely what the European Commission has accomplished today.
Did we not fight and defeat Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union for having that very same principle? Yes, I think we did.