Europe in the face of Russian threats

Vladimir Putin’s Russia seems attractive to some candidates. But its model is the antithesis of the EU, which needs to respond to her statement of their values and the strengthening of sovereignty.

“You are quite growing range of European political forces.” On the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome Vladimir Putin made a strange gift of the EU, taking in the Kremlin, marine Le Pen, representative of the French branch of this spectrum.

The intervention of Russia Vladimir Putin in the life of Western democracies, a referendum on Brexia before the American election campaign with the theft of data (the Democratic party, Hillary Clinton) and spread fake news in social networks has long been a proven fact. Also, is it financial in nature: first, the sponsor of neo-fascist party “Jobbik” in Hungary and marine Le Pen with a loan of 9 million euros from the Russian-Czech Bank FCRB, who became bankrupt in mid-2016. Finally, we are dealing with a military intervention. For more than two years of Russian fighters and bombers regularly fly in European airspace, particularly over the English channel, quenching the transponders, which increases the risk of collision with civil aircraft.

Russia has decided to throw their own problems and internal crisis on neighbours that are richer and happier, because freer? In this experiencing for two years the recession “dictatorial democracy” people live 12 years less than in France. There reversed the liability for the “grass”, and family violence. And it literally omnipresent in a country where the defence budget has tripled in ten years and the opposition go to jail after demonstrations, as Alexei Navalny this week. Of course, if they simply don’t kill as Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko. The list is long and still not final.

But this authoritarian regime decided to support or even to put in an example of a French policy, and not only among right-wing, but also among the left. The financial largesse of Moscow can’t explain everything. The cult of the strong, even a corrupt leader, the admiration of rigid order and state violence, anti-Americanism, the belief in the illusion that Russia is a “bulwark of Christianity” against the growing power of Islam and the decadent West — all of which now feeds the Pro-Putin rhetoric. But what is so Western and Christian in mass attacks on civilians and children in Aleppo, where Russian bombs fell on schools and hospitals?

In the current presidential campaign, which was raided by Russian money, lobbying and social networks, has faced two camps. The first can be called idolaters. They are so fascinated by the Russian force and rhetoric that are starting to learn from its themes. EU, a favorite target of Russian propaganda, became their enemy. The destruction of the Union, which has provided peace, prosperity and democracy in Western and Central Europe is their common goal with Putin, Erdogan in Turkey, a tramp in the USA and Farage, Johnson and cronies in the UK.

The second camp — the camp of the resistance. These people continue to defend the European Union, although aware of the gaps 60 years after forming, poorly protected from external borders to the preferred interest of economy, trade and Finance to the detriment of policy affirming common values of freedom, democracy and humanism. Antipodes barbarism Putin.

In its 60 years, the EU is imperfect and tired. Its institutions and leaders, since leadership is urgently needed and deep renewal. The new French President and the German Chancellor will be together four years to form an alternative to the current Union. He must have a solid core of countries, which are United by something more than currency. He will focus on global trade and create a barrier against rising barbarism in the South (jihadism) and East (Putinism).

For this purpose it is necessary to strengthen its sovereignty in three areas. First of all, in a democracy: the European Executive power, it is high time to elect directly, and not to form as the least common denominator of the Parliament, which was elected with a record low turnout. Further, in the digital environment: though the main part of our life is associated with digital platforms, Europe unlike Russia and China have not formed own systems and platforms. Such strategic independence will be vital. Finally, the defense: after taking the United Kingdom decision to withdraw from the EU, France remains the sole nuclear power in the Soviet Union, which has significant capacity to conduct external operations. Thus, her shoulders will be a natural leadership in the formation of this important European sovereignty. All this implies a serious strengthening of the defense capabilities of our key partners, starting with Germany. That is, this section of the sovereignty.

Democracy, digital environment, and defense. 60 years after the formation of the European coal and steel community the European Union should be built on these foundations. And the jihadist threat and danger on the part of Russia under Putin’s leadership, sponsored by Le Pen, forcing us to act as quickly as possible.