The European Union has from day one been (increasingly) about counteracting the only remaining super power after the [expected] implosion of the Soviet Union. European leaders (newspeak for ruler-politicians) have always aimed to make the EU “glorious” (powerful), and have long missed the days Europe were where it all happened.
While aiming to beat the Americans, they have at the same time worked to remain friends and not cause animosity across the Atlantic. After all, Europe is not as powerful as she “should” be. And will be, if you ask the power grabbers.
Of course, the recent rapidly quickening in pace in the ruling classes’ building a worldwide police state while using intellectual property “rights” and piracy as rationale, have been to all rulers’ gain. So why fight it? At the same time, it offers a great opportunity for European pols to take a stand and “demand” a thing or two from the American ruler(s). And appear to be the High Guardians of morality. This is how one quickly buys the people’s support, after all.
Whether this is the first step in European cockiness toward a new version of the superpowers’ King of the Hill remains to be seen. But politicians in the European Parliament will hold a press conference tomorrow, at which they will present a letter to President Obama and lawmakers expressing great concern about the treatment of Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning. The official information blurb states:
MEP’s Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL), Christian Engström (Greens-EFA), Ana Gomes (S&D), Marietje Schaak (ALDE) and Christofer Fjellner (EPP), will present to the press a letter addressed that same day by themselves and 50 other colleagues of the European Parliament to President Obama, Members of the US Congress, and U.S. military authorities.
The press conference will be held at 11:30 local time tomorrow, November 30. It will be broadcast/streamed live here.
H/T Swedish minarchist blogger HAX.