The year 2018: what to expect in Europe?
A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all Europeans! Let’s look ahead at some of the political events that will come our way in the next months. Will we be at the edge of our seats again, or has Europe entered calmer waters?
For Europe as a whole, 2018 will probably be less exciting than last year. The only major EU state to hold a general election is Italy, in March, and unfortunately the Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement is now ahead of the polls. However, the M5S – how their name is commonly abbreviated from Italian – recently screwed down its anti-European rhetoric and scrapped its proposed referendum on the Euro from its program. This means that even if M5S wins and manages to form an administration, Europe will just have another government that favors a more decentralized approach, but it will not cause an existential crisis.
In the same month, Russia will hold its next presidential election, but we know already who the winner will be; his name starts with Vladimir and ends with Putin. To be sure, the future “winner” has instructed his state controlled courts to preventively exclude his biggest opponent from the race. Swedes also go to the polls in 2018, in the general elections of September. All eyes there will be on the right wing Sweden Democrats, since the Scandinavian country continues to suffer under the negative effects of years of uncontrolled 3rd world mass immigration.
Nevertheless, even if the SD would win a lot, it would never be able to make policy on its own since Sweden has a coalition system. Meanwhile, many Europeans are waiting for Germany to finally form a new government after months of formation talks. Not surprisingly, the new administration will likely be led again by Angela Merkel; the woman that singlehandedly made Europe a less safe, less united and frankly less European place by inviting millions of unvetted young men from the most backward corners of the planet. Instead of making space for someone with a less stained reputation to lead Europe together with the likes of Emmanuel Macron, the German chancellor stubbornly wants to remain in power.
It is clear, there will be a lot of criticizing to do again this year, but we are ready for it! We will bash the naivety, political correctness and hypocrisy of the left, the chauvinism, anti-Europeanism and Putin-apologetics of the right, and the indecisiveness of the centre. However, we will also praise those politicians and public figures whose words or actions are a breath of fresh air in this tentative climate. While doing so, we will not differentiate between left, right or centre, but only between what is good for Europe and what is bad for Europe.
Furthermore, we will be sharing our perspective and, as always, propagate a pan-European collective identity whenever and wherever we can. Do you want to contribute in your own modest way? Then join us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and spread our pro-European material.
Long live our glorious continent! Long live Europe!