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And if you create a network of European states that coordinate policy for all the major drainage areas on the subcontinent; coordinate their policies vis-a-vis transnats to withstand divide-and-conquer tactics; reduce the hassle of crossing internal European borders; streamline our rail net; build integrated rail and electricity corridors; and coordinate policy when dealing with other major powers like Russia, China and NATO...
... then it's going to look a whole lot like a "superstate."
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
... the devil makes work for idle hands.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
Since the Eurozone was created with a central bank uninterested in doing its first job, unwilling to do its second, and in any event without a Eurozone fiscal authority for it to accommodate ...
The problem is deeper than statutory limitations or requirements. It doesn't seem to matter what the law says. The pirates are in control.
"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
It does have a faint
aspect to it, numerically justified it may be. Schmidt mentions the demographic shift which will cause the EU to represent only a few percent of world population. He explicitly sees the danger of Europe being "overrun by other people and civilizations" if it doesn't get its act together. Fortress Europe, that's a new one. I'm afraid we will see more of that. A comprehensive immigration strategy would be helpful but don't expect any major initiative in these semi-xenophobic times.
And there is the rub, the "major drainage areas" touch on very sensitive areas of national sovereignty. Economic policy, budgets, immigration, foreign policy, security policy. I could see a little progress on the security policy front if they go beyond protecting the outer borders of the EU. Not much though in how to deal with security challenges South and East. Ditto for the budgets with the Euro clamp now in place.
Foreign policy is a disaster, see Libya, see Iraq etc. Immigration is the hottest button. Try making hard calls with 27 members when (somewhat) unanimous decisions are required, then try to sell it to the national parliaments and peoples. A 'superstate' could maybe do that but who wants to relinquish so much control?
The EU parliament would have to be so much more than what it is now (a muckraking club). There would have to be an explicit EU government beyond the commission. There is a big chance it would sooner or later become dysfunctional because of its own complexity.
'Union' vs. 'Superstate' vs. 'Alliance' vs... I'm all for technical integration, the political part will maybe come over time as a result of that (and the EU constitution etc.) or it probably won't happen at all.
A few weeks back there was the funny spectacle of the German defense minister resigning over his plagiarized PhD thesis (now officially pronounced intentional plagiarism by the university). In the thesis an article was 'quoted'/copied that contrasted the different reactions to the EU constitution on both sides of the Atlantic. The Americans saw the EU constitution as analogous to their union constitution -the founding document of the USA- while the European reaction was much more measured and skeptical. I'm a European.
Schengen is toast!
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