Vladimir Putin’s Vision Of A Socialist European Free Trade Zone That Stretches From The Atlantic To The Pacific

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Back during the Cold War, one of the great fears was that the Soviet Union would invade western Europe and absorb it into their socialist empire.  But now could essentially that exact same thing happen in the name of free trade?  Over the past couple of decades, the European Union has gone from being just a “free trade area” to a highly repressive socialist regime run by a bunch of control freaks.  As many in Europe have correctly noted, the European Union is highly centralized, deeply corrupt and almost entirely undemocratic – just like the former Soviet Union.  Now Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is publicly proposing that all of Europe should join with Russia to create an absolutely gigantic “free trade zone” that would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


Of course nothing like this will happen any time soon, but the fact that someone as prominent as Putin would propose this is going to give life to the idea.  In fact, Putin is not just tossing this proposal around casually.  On Thursday, Putin actually presented his vision in a guest editorial that he authored for the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.  In that piece, Putin was very clear about what he is proposing….

“We propose the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

But Putin doesn’t just envision an “economic community”.  In fact, Putin spoke in his piece about “more advanced forms of economic integration” that could be possible in the future….

“In the future, we could even consider a free trade zone or even more advanced forms of economic integration. The result would be a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of euros.”

Anyone who follows European politics realizes how absolutely stunning that statement is.

Could one day Russia and the European Union merge to form one massive socialist empire from sea to shining sea?

It would have been unthinkable just a decade or two ago, but now the EU has become so much like the old Soviet Union that a merger between the EU and Russia is not unimaginable.

Last year, Czech President Vaclav Klaus actually publicly accused the EU of becoming just as repressive as the former Soviet Union….

“Not so long ago, in our part of Europe, we lived in a political system that permitted no alternatives and therefore also no parliamentary opposition. We learned the bitter lesson that with no opposition, there is no freedom.”

And Klaus is not alone in his evaluation of the EU.  Last year former Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga raised eyebrows when he declared that the EU should “stop working like the former Soviet Union.”

But there are very few European politicians that are as critical of the EU as Godfrey Bloom is.  For example, just check out the video below where Bloom openly compares the EU to the former Soviet Union on the floor of the European parliament….

So could what Putin is proposing happen any time soon?

Of course not.

But obviously Putin has been thinking a lot about it.

An article on the website of RIA Novosti described the five key points in the plan that Putin is now proposing….

These blueprints contain five major points: 1. Forming a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok; 2. A common industrial policy based on the integration of Russia’s and the EU’s technological and resource potentials; 3. Developing equitable and balanced relations between energy suppliers, consumers and transit countries. This is in fact the gist of the new energy treaty that Russia proposed; 4. Putting European science and education in a leading position through close partnership; 5. Eliminating visa requirements as the first step towards the real integration of Russia and the EU, rather than leaving it till last.

It is a very ambitious plan.  Unfortunately for Putin, the rest of the world has been hesitant to embrace Russia.  In fact, Russia has been trying without success to get into the WTO for the past 17 years.

However, there are whispers that Russia is closer than ever to getting into the WTO.  Once that happens, many doors may start to open for Putin and for Russia.  Russia has a ton of natural resources, and in the years ahead Europe is going to need a lot of those resources.  It is not difficult to imagine a much closer relationship between Russia and the EU in the years ahead.

But it is not just the EU and Russia that are moving towards integration.  All over the world, governments are becoming more socialist and more totalitarian.  There are very few nations left on the face of the earth that do not have very powerful central governments that are increasingly watching, tracking and attempting to tightly control everything that their citizens do.  Not only that, but a dizzying array of free trade agreements,  military alliances and international treaties are increasingly integrating large segments of these socialist nations into a unified global system.

In fact, the United Nations itself is a socialist organization that promotes centralized economic planning and centralized control of the earth’s population.

So it may not even matter whether or not Putin’s plan for economic integration with the EU ever comes to fruition.  The truth is that there are forces all over the globe that are pushing us all toward a one world economy and ultimately a one world government.  We may have to go through World War 3 before we get there, but it seems almost inevitable that at some point the forces behind globalism are going to try to merge us all into a totalitarian one-world system.

Hopefully that day will not arrive any time soon, because when it does it is going to be absolutely horrible.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    The EU is doomed take a gander at the debt to GDP ratios of the EU they also have serious demographic issues. The PIIGS issue is another thing both Ireland and Greece are going to need more money in 2011 or 2012, the other three who knows. It will be fascinating to see if the Muslims from North Africa, and Turkey will pay for the pensions and health care for the older Europeans. Russia has it’s own issues if Uncle Vlad wants the EU to create some delusional “Free Trade Zone” good luck with that.

  • Aurelius 7

    As an American living in Deutschland to get the hell away from the tyranny that has grown like cancer my homeland, I’m getting quite a kick out of this article — because it’s spot on.

    The last two times Russia formed a pact with Germany, look how it ended up, and I don’t expect this to be any different.

  • zack

    From what I can tell, the EU has less to do with creating economic prosperity and more to do with eliminating the sovereignty and liberty of the European people. It’s about subjugating them to the ruling elites.

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  • Most Americans are paranoid about “socialism”. It has absolutely nothing to do with that. Russia alone merges nothing – it’s up to both sides. It’s always good for two big players to play together instead of fighting against each other.