Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The wannabe socialist dictator Barroso sets out "political vision"

In his speech today (or state of the union address as its now called, presumably in a ridiculous and futile attempt to draw similarities to the U.S.) Mr Barroso sets out "a clear political vision for the future of our Union". In his speech he identifies eight "priority areas",
  • A deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union
  • Boosting jobs and growth in the Single Market and a new industrial policy
  • Ensuring social cohesion through investing in people
  • Networking Europe
  • Sustainable and efficient resource use
  • Safe and secure Europe
  • Europe as a global actor
  • Investing for the future: agreeing and delivering a forward-looking MFF
Now compare this to the Treaty on Creation of the USSR,
The declaration goes on and lists three factors as why this Union is a necessary step. First of all, the aftermath of the Civil War left many of the republics' economies destroyed, and rebuilding in the new socialist fashion, is proving difficult without closer economic cooperation. Secondly, foreign threat continues to loom over the socialist camp, and its sovereignty requires an alliance for defence. Finally, the ideological factor, that the Soviet rule is internationalist in nature and pushes the working masses to unite in a single socialist family. These three factors justify in uniting in a single state that would guarantee prosperity, security and development.
 
And here is why the USSR was broken up,
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formally dissolved on December 25, 1991. This left all fifteen republics of the Soviet Union as independent sovereign states. The dissolution of the world's first and largest Communist state also marked an end to the Cold War.
In order to revive the stagnant Soviet economy, in the 1980s, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev began a process of increasing political liberalization (glasnost/perestroika) in the erstwhile totalitarian, communist one-party state. However, this liberalization led to the emergence of long-repressed nationalist movements and ethnic disputes within the diverse republics of the Soviet Union. The Revolutions of 1989 led to the fall of the socialist states allied to the Soviet Union and increased pressure on Gorbachev to introduce greater democracy and autonomy for the Soviet Union's constituent republics. Under Gorbachev's leadership, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union subsequently introduced direct elections, formed a new central legislature and ended its ban on political parties. Although a March 1991 referendum showed a large majority of Soviet citizens voting to retain the Union, its legitimacy was marred by a boycott from the Baltic republics. The legislatures of the Soviet republics began passing laws undermining the control of the central government and endorsing independence. 
 
Seems like history could repeat itself in a similar fashion, 90 years after the Soviet Union was formed.
 

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