EU heading towards its Goal


EU to become fully fledged political union

The Spinelli Group forum on democracy, economics and the social dimension of Europe, “Federalism or nothing” will take place on 26 March in Brussels.

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has told the Chinese public that the EU will become a fully-fledged ‘political union’ after the financial crisis.

Speaking to TV cameras after a meeting with Chinese leader Wen Jiabao in Bejing on 14 February, he said that the crisis has prompted a new wave of integration, however, citing the fiscal treaty agreed last month by 25 EU countries.

‘I want to make this very clear to Chinese public opinion. Because I understand when you see the news you may be putting some questions. Is the European Union really going to progress? I say: ‘Yes. No doubt about it’ … Precisely because of the problems in the euro area the conclusion has been to further integrate and to complete the monetary union with a fiscal union and, I believe, in the future toward a political union.’

Back in Europe EU President Herman van Rompuy said  ‘Maybe not formally speaking, but at least politically speaking, all national parliaments have become, in a way, European institutions’,  adding that it is the responsibility of national parliaments to ‘adapt’ to this new situation.

The goal is clear. Government by the unelected European Commission with national governments subservient and sovereignty lost. Van Rompuy was given another two years in power on March 2 without any election taking place, so we could say that Russia is more democratic than the European Commission.

Political Unity will follow Financial Unity

Crisis after crisis in the EU led to a new Financial agreement signed in February to control the member states’ national budgets at an EU level.

This is bad enough, but it’s only one more step towards the goal. Much greater fiscal union, at least in the eurozone, is seen by some as the natural next step in European integration – see the article below.

The Fiscal Compact (formally, the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union; also called the Fiscal Stability Treaty) is an intergovernmental treaty which was signed by all of the member states of the European Union (EU) except the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom on 2 March 2012.

The requirements are stringent and far-reaching. Countries will be fined if their national budgets are not in balance or in surplus (and few are). Also included in the rules: “EU’s highest court will be able to fine a country that does not adopt a standardised balanced budget rule in its constitution”.

Countries have to submit their economic policy reforms to EU scrutiny, and attend meetings at least twice a year to have their policies monitored and if necessary vetoed.

If an unelected central committee somewhere imposed that level of surveillance and control over the American budget there would be a war, I think!

“The implementation of the programme, and the yearly budgetary plans consistent with it, will be monitored by the European Commission and by the Council. As soon as a Member State is recognised to be in breach of the 3% ceiling, the Commission submits a proposal of counter-measures…”

But this centralised control of the EU economy is not the end. The goal has always been full unity – in effect, a totalitarian State.

Steve Hill of the left-wing Guardian newspaper asks, what will a United States of Europe look like? He admits that fiscal unity is only one step along the road and that “there seems little doubt that some sort of United States of Europe is slowly emerging. It’s kind of exciting, like watching a new planet condensing from the clouds and dust of the cosmos.”

13 February, 2012
After the fiscal compact, European democracy!

The decision of 25 EU governments to endorse a fiscal compact marks a turning point in the sovereign debt crisis. Now a debate on the POLITICAL future of the EU begins.

Article by Guido Montani, Vice-President of the UEF and member of the Spinelli Group.

(Altiero Spinelli (1907-1986) is considered as one of the founders of Europe. An Italian Communist, he was also the founder of the European federalist movement, a member of the European Commission and the European Parliament. The main building of the European Parliament is named after him.)

European division, not a plot of wicked financiers, was the real cause of the [economic] crisis. When the crisis burst, the Franco-German directoire decided to work as an emergency government. It produced some positive results, but also some breakdowns.

The positive side of its policy is that the governments of Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy are now actively fostering austerity programs and, for the future, they will abide by severe fiscal rules. [The Fiscal Union – see above]. Germany is especially pleased with this outcome.

The other side of the coin is European recession, more unemployment, more poverty, and the nationalisation of the credit and sovereign debt market. Europe is more divided and poorer today than in 2010, when the sovereign debt crisis broke out.

The German government is aware that, in the long run, the emergency government could nurse grudges in the other member states and should therefore be replaced by a real European democratic government.

Recently Mrs Merkel declared:

“My vision is political union, because Europe has to follow its own path. We need to get closer step by step, in all policy areas … In the course of a long process, we will transfer more powers to the Commission, which will then work as a European government for European competencies. This implies a strong Parliament. The Council, which brings together heads of governments, will form the second chamber. Finally, we have the European Court of Justice as the Supreme Court. This could be the future shape of the European political union in a while and, as I said, after many steps.”

Though the word “federalism” is not mentioned, the institutional reform here outlined is certainly based on the federal model. …

The history of European integration is different from that of the USA. The founding fathers of the United States were aware of building a NATION. The EU is not a nation and nationalism cannot become the ideology of European integration. Indeed, nationalistic parties, such as FN in France, are against the European project.

The European Union is a NEW kind of federation; it is a federation of national peoples or, better, a supranational federation.

Latest idiotic EU regulations:

  • Banning halogen lights as well as incandescent bulbs: After phasing out incandescent bulbs that are cheap and efficient, and forcing people to buy expensive “low-energy” replacements, the EU are now setting their sights on banning halogen lights as well. The LED replacements are up to 10 times more expensive and would require an electrician or carpenter to replace light fittings.
  • Packaging Controls: Yet more recycling regulations that will cripple UK firms with license fees and paperwork. Laws covering “packaging”: Just before Christmas, when the Commission pushed its new directive into law, there on the list were “refillable steel cylinders used for various types of gas”, alongside “graveside lights (containers for candles)”, “clothes hangers (sold with a clothing item)”, “refillable pepper mills”, “cake doilies sold with a cake”, “the release paper of self-adhesive labels” and “matchboxes”. Anyone who makes these items will now have to pay for a licence – and even more for the services of a firm such as that chaired by Lord Deben, to show by voluminous paperwork that a percentage of all their products may eventually be recycled, whether they be matchboxes, or Calor gas cylinders so durable that most of them will probably outlast the EU.
  • Regulating internet ‘cookies’  European Union legislation that has been adopted in the UK requires all website owners to get consent from their website visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on their devices including computers, tablets and mobile devices. This includes ‘cookies’ used by 99 percent of websites. Advertising, analytics and personalisation functions are not exempt.
  • Farms closing after enforcement of new EU rules on egg production:  New EU rules banning the housing of hens in conventional cages are being blamed for what some in the industry are already labelling a “crisis”, as competition among food manufacturers to source eggs sends prices rocketing. The price of eggs on the EU wholesale market has nearly quadrupled over the past week to more than four euros a kilo. “It’s now no longer a question of price, it’s a question of supply,” said one industry source who asked to be anonymous. “I estimate that within three to four weeks some companies will be at breaking point.”
  • Hundreds of safe and useful herbal products banned: The global effort to outlaw herbs, vitamins and supplements is well under way, and hundreds of herbal products have been criminalized in the UK and across the EU. It’s all part of an EU directive passed in 2004 which erects “disproportionate” barriers against herbal remedies by requiring them to be “licensed” before they can be sold.
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