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Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy: The Elusive Promise of a Prosperous Green Future

The European Union (EU) has promised a prosperous and green future through its energy transition, which is a key source of legitimacy for EU elites.
However, this vision of prosperity may be fading, much like how electrification helped legitimize the Soviet regime in Lenin's communist ideology.

The EU's energy transition, which aims for carbon neutrality, intertwines ideology and technocracy, making it a crucial element in maintaining the EU's authority.

In the past year, Europe's climate agenda has faced a significant backlash due to the energy crisis.

The crisis, instead of pushing the continent towards a carbon-neutral future, has highlighted the elusiveness of the goal as Europe has resorted to expensive LNG deals and reopened old plants.

Farmers, unhappy with EU policies, have intensified their protests, and right-leaning and far-right parties have gained popularity as a result.

Europe is experiencing a crisis with declining living standards and industry leaving or shutting down.

German small and medium-sized businesses, once strong supporters of European integration, are expressing discontent towards the EU due to suffocating bureaucracy and regulation.

This situation goes beyond a political crisis and is approaching a crisis of legitimacy for the ruling elite.
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