Europa Terra Nostra is a Europe-wide organization promoting nationalism all over the continent. The website’s ‘about‘ tells us that “Europa Terra Nostra is a not-for-profit association constituted under and governed by Swedish law. The ETN’s current Board consists of Dan Eriksson (Chairman, Sweden), Ivan Bilokapic (Vice Chairman, Croatia) and Jens Pühse (Treasurer and Secretary General, Germany).” They gave the Clovis Institute an exclusive and eloquent interview, which you can read below. A big thanks to ETN and Sascha for participating in the interview.
The Interview with Europa Terra Nostra author Sascha A. Roßmüller
Clovis Institute: Could you tell us in what way ETN is unique, and how does it come that no other group filled the vacuum before?
Sascha Roßmüller: A particular trait is to connect European nationalists not just between the leadership, but on the grassroots level. However, the unique feature is, despite temporarily suspended by corona restrictions, organising uncomplicated opportunities for joint participation of exciting events for our members in a way to reduce the individual effort significantly. Casually-speaking, to serve as a political tour operator, taking care of group visits, providing travel advice, meeting points, fringe programmes and accommodation for affordable prices.
To sustainably build bridges and overcome historical resentments, such aforementioned trust-building community experiences of cross-border counter-culture against globalist no-border deconstruction are a solid groundwork for a nationalist, as well Occidental European, consciousness. Moreover, doing so by not being party politically-affiliated is perhaps also somehow unique within the „right-wing“ movement.
The implementation of ETN´s ideas into practice requires a reliable network of international contacts and people with outstanding organisational skills, not only the philosophers. At the start, in its current form, not even a year ago, there have gathered the highly motivated core crew of sharpest minds and practical talents needed for such a challenge. That doesn´t happen every day and everywhere, so no well-intentioned nationalist should stay any longer at the sideline, but rather take a chance.
Clovis Institute: You say „No more brother wars“, as in no more war in Europe, though, at the same time, you oppose the EU. How would you respond to the EU claiming they have ensured peace in Europe for the last 75 years?
Sascha Roßmüller: I´d respond that exactly this the EU was, and is, not able to guarantee – as if the EU had prevented the war in Yugoslavia on European ground, or as if the EU craze for expansion had not played a very negative part on the military escalation in Ukraine. Or think of the firebrand that the IS took to Europe because of defective open border politics.
Moreover, how could Switzerland be able to enjoy more than 160 years of peace without the Euro and the EU? And, high topical, it´s not possible to describe the current development as peaceful given the tragic revival of the Cold War 2.0.
The EU is an institution of foreign determination and financial redistribution lead undemocratically by the EU Commission as a free trade accomplice of an international junta of enterprises. Externally, EU is a geo-politically motivated NATO rocket base with internally defective borders.
Clovis Institute: Isn’t co-operation between nationalists paradoxical, since nationalists are said to care about the interests of their own country at the cost of their neighbours?
Sascha Roßmüller: That can only seem true along with the distorted ideology of hydraulic thinking, which is exclusively able to suppose the own success by the failure of the other. Rather paradoxically is the behaviour of the anti-patriotic globalists who label nationalism as aggressive, while simultaneously warmongering imperialistically all over the globe for their purposes of international capitalism.
The nation-state developed and proved as a well-functioning institution. However, what we must not allow happening is to misinterpret a renaissance of nationalist politics as a rejection of a wider European consciousness. Occidental cultural heritage has without a melting pot its own characteristic diversity.
Nevertheless, it is not limited to just the sum of the various European national cultures. It rather resembles – to use a metaphorical image – a bouquet of flowers, growing from three common roots which represent the Greco-Roman, Celtic/Germanic and Christian-pagan paths of a wider development of indigenous Europeanism. From these roots – with each distinct culture developing its own respective identity and path – the civilisational characteristics of scientific thirst for knowledge, enlightened ideas of freedom, religious consciousness, spiritual edification and a sense of constitutional order grew. These various elements are the pillars of the European structure of common values, which allows for a balance between rational pragmatism and an intellectual, idealistic foundation.
The nations of Europe have shown parallel developments regarding to outstanding cultural and artistic epochs of history, as can be seen from the appearance and spread of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical art. The Enlightenment brought Europe a new level of intellectual freedom, even though later the criticism expressed in the Romanticist movement towards the dogmatic absolution of reason as the sole instance of judgement can also be found in several other examples of national expression throughout Europe.
In the course of this process of cultural development in the history of European thought, the path subsequently led to the characteristic feature of European order – the separation of spiritual and secular power. Humanism and the Faustian spirit created a climate in which – despite the rise of so-called progressive ideals – roots of tradition were not lost. We shouldn´t go astray by a geno-suicidal break!
Clovis Institute: What are the significant differences between nationalism and populism?
Sascha Roßmüller: So-called populist parties are often all of the sudden founded and therefore, in parts, unexperienced, despite usually, by some degree, composed in a quite significant scale of former members of the establishment parties. Its membership is, in many cases, of a pretty various ideological alignment, which is one cause for its internal inhomogeneity on essential questions. For example, those civic right movements often display a lack of grasping social politics adequately.
In this context, let me explain an extraordinary important – I even dare to say axiomatic – aspect. Those, in most cases „scaredy-cat conservatives“ – who, though not being mainstream – nevertheless incessantly strive to go with the establishment, which is why they always swarm over – and strategically fatal – mostly by dissociation of what the political left defines as right-wing. And, as we know, for today`s totalitarian liberals and leftists, everybody and everything except themselves is derogatorily labelled an extremist.
Due to this strategical failure, those civic patriots are caught in a defensive position from which they are unable to become into a mode of attacking the established system effectively. Temporarily, these populists will seem successful, but, finally, this attitude is a huge weakness that won´t lead to a change because of carrying out the work of the enemy by splitting the ranks that rather should be closed. You never will be rewarded for your ideological retreat on demand of your enemy.
Clovis Institute: How do you predict the short-term future of Europe will look, and what´s your prognosis in the long-term?
Sascha Roßmüller: To see what Europe – at least Western Europe – with strong likelihood, is to fear to look like in the following years, one just has to watch the development in US society. In the short term, we will witness an even stronger polarisation than today on by the negligence of the majority and intention by establishment self-induced problems, which are labelled as challenges in a virtue-signalling manner.
Due to a monetary policy of quantitative easing and debt crises, Europe will suffer inflation. That situation will be economically exacerbated by the failure of globalist free-trade extremism, the beginning of which we already witness with an increasing breakdown of supply chains.
Given the multicultural Balkanisation, there will be a lack of solidarity needed to cope successfully with such crises. Civil war scenarios cannot be ruled out under those circumstances.
For a long-term prognosis, I lack the crystal ball. However, I hope that our best elements of every nation will be shaped by harder times to surpass themselves for a revival which, not unlikely, will afford a Reconquista of some of our homelands by our descendants.
Clovis Institute: What would you recommend young nationalists to do in order to save Europe?
Sascha Roßmüller: First of all, to get used to the idea to think in a long-term perspective – most probably in generations. Further, it becomes more and more a prerequisite to keep up these times to acquire useful skills to manage day-to-day life adequately, even if one gets under repression. Such a solid foundation is especially of importance before engaging not just actively in politics, but moreover in the frontline.
Besides learning as much as possible, the most important aspect, however, is founding a traditional family, and around that a sustainable community-building with like-minded people. Strategic networking capacities towards several sectors are required for future progress in national politics.
Clovis Institute: Is there a political solution to the problem, and if so, what would it take for people to support the nationalist cause? And if not, does it mean we should prepare for war?
Sascha Roßmüller: Of course, insofar as it´s about political problems, there are – at least theoretically – as well political solutions. The crucial question is having the influence and power to implement a needed paradigm shift.
To put forward in that discussion, „preparing for war“ easily can be misleading rhetoric because, in an aggressive meaning, it doesn´t make any sense, given our weak position. Otherwise, it wouldn´t be necessary if our position wasn´t weak. That´s why I´d prefer to discuss preparing for crisis resilience. That makes sense anyway. As for the political question, I think we face an ambivalent development these days that challenges us enormously, especially given the possibilities the establishment can take recourse against us.
On the one hand, there´s in some part of Occidental societies developing – at long last – a consciousness of identity, or at least of an existential threat being irretrievably replaced, but otherwise, we are suffering from an ideological liberalist totalitarianism, more and more political correctness, or even repression.
And, not least, we are confronted with the problem that time is running out to secure our Occidental ethnicities. So, what´s to do? Our efforts must focus on strategies and measures qualified to efficiently serve for the largest possible range as an eye-opener regarding the scope of the current crisis and its great danger for every single one´s existence as a Europid or Caucasian, whatsoever you want to call it.
Further, to gain majority – or at least relevant appeal for change of consciousness – we will be challenged to define – or perhaps even confine to a common denominator for – an alternative political vision that embraces the different wings of the somehow red-pilled community – however, without becoming toothless or unoffending for the establishment.
Sometimes, that may seem like squaring the circle, I know, but we can´t get around a cultural revolution of the mindset of more than a sectarian group if we want to reshuffle the cards and clear out the Augeas stables. True nationalists have to hold on to their principles and push forward with some prowess when suitable. However, we mustn´t ignore reality, and pick up the people where they are standing now.
It would appear Europa Terra Nostra recognizes many of the same issues that we address here at the Clovis Institute and in our book ‘The Migration Myth‘. If you are interested in getting connected, and networking with other nationalists across Europe, you can become a member of ETN here for an annual fee of 50 euro.