“With democracy being sidelined in so many institutions in Brussels, I think many people in Europe will be feeling that it is time for their countries do what Britain did.”
Many Europeans are deeply dissatisfied with Brussels’ “unnecessary” austerity policies that impoverish countries like Italy or Spain, he suggested. Italy’s rate of unemployment is nearing that of Greece, a country in a seemingly permanent state of financial crisis. Spain and Portugal are experiencing a roughly 40 percent unemployment rate for graduates, he claimed.
“The idea that there should be a very autocratic neo-liberal economy dominating over all the countries in Europe is just absurd,” he said.
The EU badly needs a “united voice” to remain integrated, Pilger said, adding that the existing model of the bloc leads to separation and inequality.
The former Warsaw pact states on the EU’s eastern flank have become a source of cheap labor for core Europe, Pilger said. At the same time, “great benefit in the EU accrues to powerful central banks and the economies of Germany and France.”
The current system has created a “first and second class EU” and the inequality cannot be sustained, he opined.
“Under this [system] everyone gets exploited. The workers who come here may be grateful for the work but they still are very exploited under zero-wage contracts and people who are denied any security and employment.”
If the policies of Brussels are not significantly altered, and resources are not allocated to those in need, united Europe is “doomed,” he said.