Is it probable that there can be United States of Europe, or is it just a convenient idea for a political take-over by ambitious men?
A United States of Europe sounds nice but is there a real chance of there ever being such a political federation with one President and a government at the top of Europe, with 27 or 28 federal states like the United States of America with its 52 states?
Your correspondent worked for and with the French for some 18 years and knows that French politicians only are concerned with French political interests. Every Frenchman and woman wants to be a President of something – the bigger the better, and Macron is no exception…
The Germans got a Marshall Plan and have used Europe and the Euro to build up again their industrial might. There is nothing wrong with this, but in the end, the result is no different from the French ambition.
Both big countries dominate Europe and that is not a democratic solution that can work – friction between nations causes heat that burns up any goodness before it is strong enough and broad-based.
But there is a more fundamental reasons why Europe can never be a Federal State.
America was borne by mass immigration over the last 250 years, by breaking away from Europe in 1783, and by a bloody civil war ending in 1865. The Federation was kick-started by clever politicians who established a legally accepted Constitution, that allowed it to grow and thrive through many iterations of farming, mining, industrial and commercial development.
Some thousands of years before United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, a cluster of European nations and small states has slowly developed their own separate legal and social systems, with their own languages and distinctive cultures. Wars, national politics and religious differences created and pushed borders around ending in 2 terrible wars this last century.
It was only after these wars that the process of finding ways to work and and live together in Europe were slowly developed. Trade brought the Common Market and that was followed by attempts to deepen social and political integration through the EU and its bodies.
These developments were gradual and came with huge amounts of friction because economic development is not synchronised nor are the 28 nations the same size. Power struggles and benefits were grabbed and fought for. The French succeeded in securing Strasbourg as a second house of the European Parliament with Belgium getting Brussels – a complete farce and waste of public money. The Common Agriculture policy, another white elephant, is wasteful and another example of political fraud within the EU. The list of waste and bad businesses is long and unchanged – the misuse of EU funds for agriculture and infrastructure projects, rampant nepotism in securing nice jobs for families and friends within the EU’s numerous elite bodies, and a lack of democratic transparency, the wrecking of the rule of law in at least 2 big member states (Poland and Hungary), the lack of proper robust supervision of Italian, French, German and Spanish banks – the combined total of these serious misfeasances is more than sufficient to negate any further enlargement of any of EU’s attempts to grab more powers from member nations.
Voters have never given a mandate to the leadership of the EU to create deeper integration, nor have we given any mandate to any MEP to strive for deeper integration. We have certainly never been asked by our own national politicians and government to seek out deeper integration.
Even more worrying is that the EU has created a legal organisation called the European Court of Justice that is slowing but firmly enforcing a legal framework like a spider spinning its web on what is acceptable and what is not without a legal remit from member states. The court demands judicial independence from the administration of the EU, and that is a strange and unprecedented demand since the United State of Europe does not have the mandate to allow such an encroachment on the independence of individual nations without limit.
Only the member states can agree to legislate for its own people on matters of great significance. The European Parliament has probably exceeded its remit and should be reigned in to prevent further damage to Europe’s credibility. The 28 nations signed up for the free movement of goods, people and capital not for a new European State or for a creeping sweeping of powers from our national governments to such a State.
We are already in deep trouble with Poland and Hungary, the proposal to have some of the remaining eastern European countries in as members is extremely foolish given our present situation.
All of the above challenges, Poland, Hungary, Brexit, and the continued crisis in Italy (banking and public debt), in France (public debt), Greece (public debt and banking) are big enough for us to stop the continuation of mad policies that lead us nowhere but to a scorched earth policy.
We should keep our eyes fixed on the main focus of a common market that allow for the free movement of goods capital and people – our people with room for immigrants in true need, or who we, the individual nations, agree to take on board as needed workers.