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A multispeed EU with a core group & Goodbye Britain

Crisis has shown the real European face

Hard to admit but the European Union has to face reality finally to shape its very own future. The financial crisis in the EU put solidarity to a test and showed that you cannot rely on a common European spirit between all member states. It would have been great to experience that just on top of the crisis national leaders would do a step forward to initiated a crucial step towards more integration to make the Union sustainable and weatherproof for the next decades. But what we have seen in the member states were sounds of renationalisation and dull Euroscepticism.

United in diversity but…

I would ever have argued in favour of a development in the European integration process where all member states are taken into considerations with all their concerns and objections. It is important that the daily life of the EU family is based on equal rights no matter how big the country is and how long it takes to reach an agreement in the end. In general I would still support this approach. We have just remind ourselves what the motto of the EU is – “United in Diversity”. But and this is a big but we have also admit that the way to a more integrated Europe is badly needed if we want to face the challenges of the globalised world somehow prepared. I guess we don’t have the time still to wait for those who are either not willing or not ready or still not convinced. It is a waste of time, time we need to reconstruct Europe for the rest of the 21st century.

Multispeed EU with a core

Having said this it is obvious that we have to change the method of how we find solutions in Europe. Unanimity has already declined but still plays a crucial part in many important policy areas and is a disturbing effect to further integration. There are ways where willing member states can go ahead without all the members of the EU following right away. But this is not possible in those areas where deeper integration is needed. The EU should announce a core group, a rebirth like 1951 when just six states were ready to start, which builds the core of the Union. Those states will create and shape the Union in a more integrated way. Other states are still connected and are any time free to join the core group knowing that European integration in the center is for real. Many academics discussed this construction trying to explain European reality. I say that the responsible heads of state and government as well as the European institutions should lay down this approach as the true concept of European integration.

Goodbye Britain – sad but true

I was always supporting Britain and its membership in the EU and I do still. But as much as I like the British people as much do I not believe any longer that they will very soon except the reality of the new century and the need to cooperate withing an integrated Europe. This is a cultural issues and I understand why British people seem often reluctant of various reasons to join a more integrated EU. But after 40 years of membership patience shall be over. The UK has still the chance to be part of the core Europe with the rules laid down for more integration. If they don’t accept them, so be it, but then outside this political center. I’m not saying that the British will not have a good time on the periphery of a core Europe, but I doubt it in the long run. A decision has to be made anyway, a decision by the UK. The other should go on for their own sake no matter what.

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6 Kommentare

  1. In principle, I agree with you. If an objective of it all is political unification of Europe, why should somebody who wants it not take part in it? So let the British obtain a possibility to express that they want not to participate in creation of a European federal state but let the others (I have the people itself in mind) obtain at the same time a possibility to express whether they want to establish it (or also not). A future European federation must be a higly democratic state based on the will of the people istself, not on intergovernmental diplomacy as today. Now, when democracy declines in all Europe, to emphasize true democracy is eminently important in every consideration related to a topic of future political unification of Europe.
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  2. Marc Marc

    Screw the undemocratic EU (Eurosoviet Union)

    Any ‘core group’ would be akin to a suicide pact. Better to stay out. Wish I could get my country out. Political unification over my dead body, no way I’m gonna pay tax to pay for French pensions, Romanian medicare or Bulgarian welfare.

    From the Netherlands

    I pledge my lifetime to the destruction of the undemocratic Eurosoviet Union.

  3. I want out I want out

    Please can you understand that only 13% of the public within the UK support further integration by the UK into the EU. Since the founding of the Euro there has NEVER been popular support for the UK to join, even when things were going well. What you call euroskepticism is now the view of approaching 75% of the population who either want to leave the EU entirely or have a much looser relationship.

    If you wish to move ahead to a united federal state that is entirely a matter for your people (although I note no one is suggesting that the people be asked their view and Marc above seems a little less than enthusiastic) but if you think Cameron, Clegg, Milliband or any other political leader can deliver the British then you are mistaken. (Before anyone starts talking about Scotland, please be aware that surveys show that every single region in the UK, including Scotland, have a euroskeptic majorities)

    Serious economic advisors and forecasters are now actively looking at the impact of a British exit and are finding as many benefits as supposed drawbacks.

    I sincerely wish you good luck in your future but the first chance I get to vote I, in common with a clear majority of my compatriots, will vote to leave.

  4. Alex Alex

    The problem is that Europe is trying to link to many things.

    As free trade zone, it works fine. But to then try to take the states that are signed up to that free trade and make a cultural superstate, that was almost certainly always doomed to failure.

    It is simply not possible to have a united Europe with the UK in it, as we are not culturally European.

    The main issue or the last ten years for the UK is how do you untangle the cultural mess created without created (yet another) finical crisis. Its telling that even the UK’s few europhiles always argue that we cannot leave Europe because the cost would be too great, rather than offering any benefits from union. This is because the whole concept of a cultural union is politically toxic.

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