Archiv: United States of Europe


24.08.2019 - 15:40 [ Spiked ]

The strangling of European democracy: The EU is the high point of an anti-democratic project that has been brewing for a hundred years.

So, while the EU might well be the apogee of constrained democracy, constrained democracy has many facets. Moreover, the model of constrained democracy existed on a national level before the EU was created. Indeed, the EU can be seen as the grotesque extension of a flawed system that was first developed within nation states after the First World War. For instance, the model of independent central banking was pioneered in Germany before being transposed to the EU much later on.

04.07.2019 - 11:02 [ Politico.eu ]

Ursula von der Leyen: In her own words

„My aim is the United States of Europe — modelled on federal states like Switzerland, Germany or the U.S.,“ she told Der Spiegel in 2011. She repeated her call for a federal EU in an interview with Die Zeit in 2016, adding: „I imagine the Europe of my children or grandchildren not as a loose union of states trapped by national interests.“

As defense minister, she pushed for greater security cooperation in the EU, urging a „defense union“ and calling for the establishment of an „army of Europeans.“

02.07.2019 - 09:20 [ Spiked ]

German politicians want to make it a crime to burn the EU flag

The European Union flag is omnipresent in Germany. Since 2011, it has even been flying over the Reichstag – a sign, as one newspaper put it at the time, of the strength of the German political class’s commitment to the EU.

But not everyone in Germany shares this commitment.

29.05.2019 - 05:32 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Merkel Cancels Resignation, Decides Successor Not Up to Job

If the Tories thought they were having trouble getting rid of Theresa May, they should spare a thought for the German CDU where Angela Merkel has just announced that she won’t be resigning as German Chancellor after all.

29.05.2019 - 05:29 [ Bloomberg ]

Merkel Decides Her Chosen Successor Isn’t Up to the Job

Merkel has decided that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who took over as leader of the Christian Democratic Union in December, is not up to the country’s top job, according to two officials with knowledge of her thinking. As a result, the chancellor has become more determined than ever to stay in power until her term ends in 2021, the officials said.

25.05.2019 - 07:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Macron’s vision for Europe faces test in French EU elections

The French European election campaign has been defined by the president, Emmanuel Macron, as an existential fight between pro-European progressives and Eurosceptic, far-right nationalists.

07.05.2019 - 04:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Charles wades into Brexit: Future king will urge politicians to protect Britain’s historic ‚bond‘ with Germany

– The Prince of Wales says Britain and Germany have transcended years of conflict
– He hopes the friendship and partnership will continue long after Brexit
– He is speaking in Berlin to celebrate the Queen’s birthday

05.05.2019 - 17:24 [ theLocal.at ]

Austria’s Kurz wants renegotiation of EU’s Lisbon treaty

He said that „much had changed“ since the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, pointing to the eurozone and migration crises and Brexit.

A treaty renegotiation would require unanimous consent from all EU member states. In the same interview, Kurz expressed scepticism over any cooperation between the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) — to which the OeVP belongs — and parties further to the right in the European Parliament.

07.04.2019 - 18:50 [ CNN ]

Obama worries about progressives‘ ‚rigidity‘ leading to ‚circular firing squad‘ among Democratic Party

„One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‚Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,‘ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‚circular firing squad,‘ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues,“ Obama said a town hall in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Obama Foundation.

07.04.2019 - 18:49 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Obama Goes After Progressives Again!

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07.04.2019 - 18:47 [ Obama Foundation / Youtube ]

Obama Foundation Town Hall Europe

The Obama Foundation hosted a town hall in Berlin, Germany with President Barack Obama and hundreds of emerging leaders from across Europe. The town hall continued the conversation about the importance of community leadership and civic engagement — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in their efforts.

05.04.2019 - 14:23 [ Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative and Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible. We could veto any increase in the budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block Mr Macron’s integrationist schemes.

27.03.2019 - 06:12 [ DSG ‏/ Twitter ]

After confirmed plans for an EU army, Guy Verhofstadt openly promoting a United States of Europe & now #Article13. How anyone can’t see the direction of travel & still wants to remain in the EU is beyond me. Wake up. It’s the governance of totalitarianism & fear.

11.03.2019 - 14:59 [ CNBC.com ]

European elites mistake nation states for populist demagoguery

De Gaulle approved of the European customs union and an economic and political cooperation of nation states. He thought that closer economic relations could eventually lead to some sort of European confederation, but he rejected the idea of Europe’s federal super state.

That means that, in today’s post-modern Europe, de Gaulle — voted by the French in 2005 as the “greatest Frenchman of all time” — could be considered a nationalist and a populist demagogue.

11.03.2019 - 14:48 [ CNBC.com ]

Brexit is a revolt against a German-run European super-state

(4.2.2019) Led by an appallingly incompetent German management, the European Union will most probably come out terminally fractured after next May’s parliamentary elections.
The political forces already at work in a number of countries will go back to nation states and a free-trading area, abandoning the pipe dream of a European statehood and sovereignty.

11.03.2019 - 13:37 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU CIVIL WAR: Merkel successor REJECTS Macron’s reform calls – ‘European centralisation!‘

THE leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has rejected some of Emmanuel Macron’s key proposals on how to reform the EU and warned against “European centralisation” – the latest signal Paris and Berlin are at odds over how to overhaul the bloc.

11.03.2019 - 13:27 [ Irish Times ]

German leader in waiting gives cool response to Macron vision for Europe

If anything Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, with an eye on May’s European elections and new far-right eurosceptic rivals, has struck a more strident tone, warning: “There is no version of a European superstate which can live up to the goal of a Europe made up of sovereign member states.”

11.03.2019 - 02:02 [ FT.com ]

Germany’s Kramp-Karrenbauer warns on ‘European centralism’

“European centralism, European statism, communitising debt and Europeanising social security systems and the minimum wage would be the wrong approach,” she wrote, stressing instead the need for “subsidiarity and individual responsibility”.

24.02.2019 - 13:17 [ voteleavemedia / Youtube ]

Tony Benn – Britain must Leave the EU to restore Democracy

Published on Jun 13, 2016

„Leaving the EU is a democratic and not a nationalist argument“ – The Labour MP argued passionately for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU all through his political career.

22.01.2019 - 06:53 [ Spiked ]

Would Rosa Luxemburg have been for Brexit? Red Rosa once called the idea of a European Union an ‘imperialist abortion’.

When it came to external relations, Luxemburg pointed out, the idea of a European Union was also deployed to divide Europe from the rest of the world: ‘Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril”, the “dark continent”, against the “inferior races”. In short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.’ They could write those last words on the EU’s tombstone.

10.01.2019 - 21:57 [ Independent.co.uk ]

EU must become a United States of Europe by 2025, says Angela Merkel’s planned coalition partner Martin Schulz

(7.12.2017) Social democrat leader says countries that do not adopt new treaty should be kicked out of EU

23.10.2018 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

Clinton Urges United Europe to Include Russia

(JUNE 3, 2000) Standing under an unforgiving sun in the courtyard of the ninth-century cathedral where Charlemagne is buried and where many Holy Roman emperors and German kings were crowned, Mr. Clinton told an audience of several hundred people that to do otherwise would destroy the vision of an undivided Continent.

Mr. Clinton delivered his speech after he was given the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a world leader who furthers the cause of European unity.

16.09.2018 - 14:54 [ Wikipedia ]

Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

His original vision was for a world divided into only five states: a United States of Europe that would link continental countries with French and Italian possessions in Africa; a Pan-American Union encompassing North and South Americas; the British Commonwealth circling the globe; the USSR spanning Eurasia; and a Pan-Asian Union whereby Japan and China would control most of the Pacific. To him, the only hope for a Europe devastated by war was to federate along lines that the Hungarian-born Romanian Aurel Popovici and others had proposed for the dissolved multinational Empire of Austria-Hungary. According to Coudenhove-Kalergi, Pan-Europe would encompass and extend a more flexible and more competitive Austria-Hungary, with English serving as the world language, spoken by everyone in addition to their native tongue. He believed that individualism and socialism would learn to cooperate instead of compete, and urged that capitalism and communism cross-fertilise each other just as the Protestant Reformation had spurred the Catholic Church to regenerate itself.

22.08.2018 - 14:46 [ Businessinsider.fr ]

‚Europe should not allow the US to act over our heads‘: Germany is challenging the US’s financial monopoly as the Iran row deepens

Germany’s foreign minister has challenged the US monopoly on global payment infrastructure.
Writing in German daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday, Mass said: „It is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States.“
„It is high time to re-evaluate our partnership,“ he said.
European businesses have been caught between the EU and the United States over trade with Iran amid US sanctions.
French energy giant Total officially pulled out of the country on Monday under US pressure.

22.08.2018 - 14:32 [ The Chiefe ‏/ Twitter ]

German foreign minister drops a BOMBSHELL: Rest of the world (including Germany) need non-US dependent non-SWIFT global payment system

22.08.2018 - 09:17 [ Reuters ]

Germany urges EU payment system without U.S. to save Iran deal

“That’s why it is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States, a European Monetary Fund and an independent SWIFT system,” Maas wrote in the Handelsblatt business daily.