On 8 December the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee concluded its work on two major reports dealing with the current and future constitutional framework of the EU. The three MEPs involved, Guy Verhofstadt, Elmar Brok and Mercedes Bresso, are all longtime federalists, so it is not surprising that their proposals for getting the EU out of its current malaise is more Europe, and faster.
The first report, “Improving the functioning of the European Union: Building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty” was drafted jointly by German centre-right MEP Elmar Brok and Italian centre-left MEP Mercedes Bresso. On the big constitutional issues in the European Parliament, it is impossible to distinguish the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) from the centre-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D). Mr Brok and Ms Bresso seem incapable of understanding that this is precisely the cosy consensus that citizens across the EU have been rejecting. Consequently, the duo blithly propose deepening Economic and Monetary Union, as well as handing more powers to the EU in foreign and defence policies, as well as in Justice and Home Affairs.
The second report by arch-federalist Guy Verhofstadt from the European Liberals (ALDE) is on “Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union”. Behind this boring euro-speak title lies a proposal to “update EU treaties to cope with current and future challenges aiming at enhancing consistency, efficiency and accountability of EU governance, its institutions and policies.” In other words, Mr Verhofstadt, who once won the European Book Prize for his “United States of Europe” is proposing nothing less than a United States of Europe. He may be out of touch, but at least he is consistent.
Not surprisingly, the Union of European Federalists, a lobby group promoting a fully federal EU, has strongly welcomed the adoption of the Verhofstadt and Brok/Bresso reports at committee stage and “encourages the European Parliament to adopt the two reports in plenary as soon as possible and then engage national parliaments, national governments and civil society in follow-up activities in order to ensure that the proposals set out in the two reports are pursued as soon as possible.”
There seems to be no sense of irony that the blueprint for a European superstate is being drafted by the out-of-touch elites from the so-called “pro-European forces” of the EPP, S&D and ALDE in the European Parliament, after which civil society, national parliaments and national governments are simply supposed to follow. No doubt, any national populations or their democratically-elected national representatives who fail to follow this enlightened path will be dismissed as “populists” and “nationalists” who must be opposed at at costs so as to “save Europe”. Do these arch-federalists realise that it is their actions and policies that could well bring about the destruction of Europe.