Immediately following the Brexit vote that passed muster back on June 24, legislators and politicians from up to eight other countries called for their own referendum to decide whether to stay or leave the European Union. And while none of these nations have to date followed through with setting up a public vote on the matter, the UK's example is having an affect on political situations all over the continent.
Take for example in France where every single candidate opposing Francois Hollande in next year's election is calling for either a complete pullout from the EU, or at the very least a radical reorganization of the European Commission and Maastricht Treaty.
And Marine Le Pen's position...
Yet not all EU leaders are so quick to throw the Union out with the bath water. In fact, on Aug. 22 Germany's Angela Merkel, Italy's Matteo Renzi, and the current French President Francois Hollande met on the Italian island of Ventonene to discuss the future of the EU.
Perhaps their meeting today should have been labeled The Matrix: Reloaded.
Dependent upon which European politicians survive their next elections, since Hollande, Renzi, and Merkel are all trending downward in approval ratings from failed economic and political policies, the fate of the EU could be decided by a new group of leaders who are not as beholden to the oligarchy out of Brussels, or the Damocles Sword that is the United States. But perhaps there is even a third option, which Trends Analyst Gerald Celente suggests is coming upon Europe, and that is that the entire Union simply crashes from under its own corruption, and all the Kings horses and all the Kings men will not be able to put the Union back together again.