Some Believe the European Union to be Fascist

The European Union has been under attack since its inception, but one of the harshest attacks currently gaining momentum is the notion that Adolf Hitler was responsible for the idea. Liberal Democrats have been doing all they can to debunk and devalue the opinion, but now it appears in hardbound print. Daniel Beddowes and FalvioCipollini, two harsh critics of the European Union, have no published a book about how the idea was coined by Nazis during the Second World War.

Beddowes and Cipollini believe that Hitler essentially won WWII posthumously. They state that many ideas, such as a form of cash that is shared by numerous nations, were brought about by Nazi officials. They believe that uniting the continent has actually been a scheme to benefit Germany and Germany alone, and that the European Union is the key factor in achieving a successful German nation at the expense of its neighbors.

Their book heavily implies that the Allied forces knew of Hitler’s master plan and schemed for some time to bring it about for their own benefit. The book implicates several key figures and institutions in the conspiracy, including the British Broadcasting Corporation. They even put the BBC’s favor of the European Union on par with those who ran propaganda for the Nazi regime during WWII at the behest of Adolf Hitler, the Express reports.

One of the strongest arguments that Liberal Democrats have against the book is that some of the more liberal policies envisioned by Hitler were based on ideals shared with Winston Churchill. In fact, in reading Mein Kampf, one might discover a number of political ideas which are not wholly disagreeable. The European Union may share some resemblance to ideals that Hitler had, but that does not make those ideas in and of themselves fascist. Much like the idea of unionizing Europe, the notion that such an act reeks of fascism is an old one. The ideas espoused in the book have been shared by opponents of unionization since the 1990s and possibly even earlier—the book is simply louder.

The book, entitled The EU: The Truth About the Fourth Reich—How Hitler Won the Second World War, is believed by critics to be unlikely to sway the thoughts of those not already inclined to speak against the European Union. Some critics have stated that the book contains little substance and merely speaks out in repetitive criticism of mythical proportions (potentially indicated by the fact that the title alone contains two subtitles). Either way, supporters of the European Union remain strong in their beliefs that voting in unionization was the right move to strengthen the continent as well as their own nations.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE