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The latest tidbit of EU propaganda is, well, interesting. Frans Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission, seems to equate current nationalism to the forms of nationalist collectivism that plunged 20th century Europe into chaos. Secondly, he presents a problem, Jihadism – an idea that is predicated on the notion that there are no nations, that there is only Islam and that this religion must be spread to all men all over the globe – and Timmermans is fighting it by criticising nationalism.

History is the manner in which a culture accounts for its past. But Timmermans consistently focusses on a small part of European history that fits his narrative, disregarding centuries of fighting Jihadism. It is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Everytime Jihadists take European lives, Timmermans comes around and tries pushing the notion that European nationalism is by its definition a bad thing, and should not be evoked to counter a violent ideology that has no love for nationality.

It’s not about protecting European citizens. It’s not about fighting terrorism. It’s not about engaging in an ideological battle with the most destructive force in contemporary Europe. It is about clinging to a 1950’s solution to a 1930’s problem in 2017. Despite attempts to kill it, nationalism isn’t dead. And right now, if this is the EU’s solution to 157 deadly Jihadist attacks in Europe, it might be Europeans’ best bet.

Europol statistics are clear on where terrorist violence comes from. Timmermans admits this himself. Those people are not nationalists. But Timmermans is using their attacks, to assault what he calls ‘nationalists’. Of course, not one example – except for the World Wars, and to claim that those were fought by nationalists for nationalist reasons is pretty weak – is given. Diversity is a strength, the EU says. But then it wants to obliterate national diversity within the EU. Why? Why shouldn’t nation-states cooperate, while nurturing their own identities? Again, Timmermans disregards everything that doesn’t fit his narrative.

Those people are not nationalists. But Timmermans is using their attacks, to assault what he calls ‘nationalists’. Of course, not one example – except for the World Wars, and to claim that those were fought by nationalists for nationalist reasons is pretty weak – is given. Diversity is a strength, the EU says. But then it wants to obliterate national diversity within the EU. Why? Why shouldn’t nation-states cooperate, while nurturing their own identities?

Timmerfrans says that:

“Nationalism makes us poor, because its siamese twin, protectionism, will destroy the internal market and disrupt international trade.”

This is highly misleading because he makes the case that economic cooperation cannot occur between sovereign nation states, without being part of a political union like the current EU. He seems to have forgotten that the EU’s highly successful predecessor, the European Economic Community, proves him wrong.

Timmermans claim at the end of the clip about patriotism is laughable. To claim principles and values, developed painfully and slowly over centuries, as the property of the EU, an organisation not half a century old, is ridiculous. He is an unelected official, of an institution that is not sovereign, using the corpses of hundreds of Europeans to rehash a story that has lost all meaning.