American investor and billionaire George Soros referred to the risk of the European Union collapse and urged the European forces to avoid it as it is stated in his article “Europe, please wake up” published by Project Syndicate.
“The people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991,” Soros warns.
The billionaire is concerned about upcoming elections to the European Parliament in May 2019. He thinks that anti-European forces can enhance their influence and it can lead to the collapse of the European Union. Soror states that the parties of Eurosceptics have gained popularity in recent years and they do not strive to keep the unity of the continent’s countries.
It has already led to the so-called Brexit, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. There is a risk of the repetition of such a scenario in other countries. First of all, in Germany, where the “Alternative for Germany” gains popularity and in Italy, where the populist “The League” and “Five Starts Movement” form the governmental coalition.
Soros also criticizes the activity of the international “European People’s Party” and Hungarian party “Fidesz” of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
He explained the success of such political forces by the issues of the growth of the illegal migration in the EU and desire to protect the working places from the strangers. At the same time, the activity of such parties is dictated only by the personal interests of their leaders.
“The antiquated party system hampers those who want to preserve the values on which the EU was founded, but helps those who want to replace those values with something radically different,” he wrote.
“The first step to defending Europe from its enemies, both internal and external, is to recognize the magnitude of the threat they present. The second is to awaken the sleeping pro-European majority and mobilize it to defend the values on which the EU was founded”.
Soros is one of the most controversial figures of world policy. Particularly, he is well-known in the post-Soviet space through his fund “Open Society,” which allocates grants to many public activists.
Soros and his fund were accused of the support of the so-called “color revolutions,” particularly, in Georgia and Ukraine.