“So many politicians compare the European Union to the Soviet Union that something must be to it, doesn’t it? Will the EU collapse like the USSR?” – wrote Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, CIR expert, for Euroactiv [08.02.2021]
So many politicians compare the European Union to the Soviet Union that something must be to it, doesn’t it? Only in recent months the Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his boss, the Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and the ex-finance minister of Estonia Martin Helme compared the two.
Not too long ago “Brussels” seemed like a new “Moscow” for the likes of Marine Le Pen, Jeremy Hunt or Nigel Farage. Even the billionaire George Soros wrote an article in which he compared the EU to the Soviet Union in the context of the fall of the latter.
What unites most of these messages is a very specific perception of the European Union. These politicians often accuse the EU of being an oligarchy, not a democracy, of representing a uniform leftwing identity, decadence and a tendency to dictate its will to member states without any respect for national identity.
According to this narrative for the European Union nationalists are the enemy, federalism is the dream and coercion is the modus operandi.