To support democratisation of the Arab Mediterranean countries and to absorb their youth bulge, the EU will open its frontiers and its internal market and even offer EU membership to those countries that will have completed democratic reforms. A BORG-style pattern of diplomacy seems to be emerging in the Post-Lisbon EU.
The EU is now, according to Accession Commissioner Ŝtefan Füle, planning to become Eurabia, with mobility of persons extended to Southern Mediterranean countries in a few years and their accession to EU membership a bit later.
After having gone through a kind of certification process which is called partnership for democracy and shared prosperity and includes a “mobility partnership” which, Füle hopes, will substitute “illegal immigration at sea, with hundreds and thousands of people who try to reach the shores”, they will ultimately be able to apply for EU membership. Füle says:
Article 49 TFEU says that any European state which respects the EU’s values and is committed to promoting them may apply to become a member of the Union. Since when has North Africa been European, except under colonialism?
The EU elite has been promoting the belief that the European identity consists of a set of universal doctrines according to which Commissioner Füle’s certification agency can certify any country as European. Some of these principles are ideological trash and none of them can substitute the informal values and genetic facts that have grown over long periods of time to form those collective identities that constitute much of Europe’s social capital.
Charles De Gaulle pulled France out of Algeria because he saw no possibility to integrate:
Füle and colleagues OTOH seem to be among those intellectuals whom De Gaulle suspected of being “colibri-brained”. The EU is known to be suffering from brain-numbing ideologies, but since the Lisbon Treaty there appears to be an additional problem. The EU now has a diplomatic service of 700 employees under Catherine Ashton that is often said to be powerless. Diplomacy requires “stick and carrot”, and Füle’s explanations confirm that they have nothing that even remotely looks like a stick. Rather, all they have are a few carrots: aid money, absorption of population surplusses, club membership.
The nutrition density of these carrots may have been deteriorating in recent years, but they still seem to be giving the Commission’s diplomats enough leverage to justify their existence. As Füle explains, the EU can now take on projects that were previously led by the US, such as undermining Russia’s efforts to keep post-soviet states in a commonwealth. However, this means that the EU can either develop a BORG-like foreign policy or no foreign policy at all. One could imagine them appearing on the Southern Mediterannean shores or in Russia’s backyard, saying: