In order to get the EU back on track following the Brexit vote and against the backdrop of a growing frustration among citizens, Jean-Claude Juncker has presented a new “White Paper” to initiate a new debate on the Union’s future. In it, the Commission President sketches out five possible scenarios. Very remarkably, for the first time such a paper offers for consideration the possibility of a “leaner” version of the EU in which certain competences would be returned to Member States, and the EU institutions by consequence would stop interfering in areas where they are not able to provide real added value.
This would offer a historical chance to prevent the EU institutions once and for all times from tinkering with family law of Member States, promoting the legalization of abortion, funding abortion abroad, imposing radical restrictions on contractual freedom and other fundamental freedoms (through their so-called “anti-discrimination” policies), selectively policing the governments of certain Member States (but not others), funding fake “NGOs”with radical agendas, etc.
Such an approach, if followed, could indeed save the EU from its current crisis, and restore it to its former glory.
The Commission website summarizes the 5 scenarios as follows:
- Scenario 1: Carrying On – The EU27 focuses on delivering its positive reform agenda in the spirit of the Commission’s New Start for Europe from 2014 and of the Bratislava Declaration agreed by all 27 Member States in 2016.
- Scenario 2: Nothing but the Single Market – The EU27 is gradually re-centred on the single market as the 27 Member States are not able to find common ground on an increasing number of policy areas.
- Scenario 3: Those Who Want More Do More – The EU27 proceeds as today but allows willing Member States to do more together in specific areas such as defence, internal security or social matters. One or several “coalitions of the willing” emerge.
- Scenario 4: Doing Less More Efficiently – The EU27 focuses on delivering more and faster in selected policy areas, while doing less where it is perceived not to have an added value. Attention and limited resources are focused on selected policy areas.
- Scenario 5: Doing Much More Together – Member States decide to share more power, resources and decision-making across the board. Decisions are agreed faster at European level and rapidly enforced.
The right to life, or marriage and family, are universal values – and it would certainly be good to protect them through universally applicable rules – not only at EU-level, but worldwide. This blog’s position is that Natural law, which determines these issues, is universal. The experience with the EU institutions, however, is that their intervention on these issues usually have been nefarious rather than beneficial, informed by the radical ideologies of noisy pressure groups rather than by due consideration of the common good. Given this experience, seems best to confer competences back to Member States, where (at least in some cases) the governments are more dependent on, and therefore more inclined to listen to, normal citizens rather than to the feminist and sodomite networks to whose lobbying the EU seems particularly receptive.
While the Commission’s own sympathies clearly rest with option 5 above, pro-families will probably prefer option 4.