“I did not want this!” God cries out, in the great drama The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus, before the whole world destroys itself at war.
“We did not want this!” the heads of government will cry in Brussels, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome and other European capitals when the E.U. inevitably falls apart. But at that point, who really wanted it in the first place, and what actually will have caused the outcome?
Before sketching an answer, let’s remember Salvini, Farage, Grillo and all the other agitators. Remember the 70 million dead during World War II and more than 20 million during World War I who pushed in the direction of European unification — and this after three centuries of incessant conflicts in which every country fought against the other.
Europe has nothing to teach on the subject of peace, solidarity and rights, because until 70 years ago, it was the most deadly continent in history. And today, it begins to writhe again in conflict, closures, threats and resentments as if it had forgotten everything.