„A strong Europe in an uncertain world“

Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the stance of the German Federal Government towards the future of Europe, following the successful Brexit. Apart from the obvious focus on how to deal with the actual desicion of the british people – striving for a swift und consequent exit for Great Britain without any special treatment -, the ongoing course for the European Union showed itself far more interesting.

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Cohesion at every cost

Comparing different statements from representative of the EU and the german government reveal deviating statements  and contradictions as well. Merkel:

„Every proposal that permits the European Union of 27 to escape this crisis unscathed is welcome.“

Everything that could possibly raise the risk of another exit-movement in one of the 27 member states has to be evaded and only the consensus of these 27 nations can lead to a solution. There was additional emphasis on further efforts to respect and exert established laws, which were being ignored and broken in the past in several cases; as well as battling youth unemployment, to strenghten the trust in the EU. No claims were made on how to realize such objectives; a general agreement on a new plan was set for the 25. of May in 2017, the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. [1]

Meanwhile, actions are already being taken to evoke new impulses in the EU. In a meeting between french and german foreign ministers, associated diplomats expressed the idea of a flexible Union, wherein the willingness of individual member states to integrate in the EU would be regarded respectively. [2]

Federalism in Europe

A transcript with the title „A strong Europe in an uncertain world“ was released, that strongly contradicts this idea. [3] The documents involves several sub-themes of varying relevance, but focuses a political union more than ever, through the means of unification in the areas of security policy, military as well as asylum and immigration policy. Given the recent developements, this may come as a surprise for a few people, but the timely – or rather: early – push for it is certainly not a product of happenstance. Plans for a unified european army circulated for quite some time now, were a topic for debate in the recent Brexit-campaign, after The Times released information about the EU withholding such plans from the public; [4] which was denied later on. And while the german Bundeswehr is already cooperating with the military from other EU states, the purpose to fulfill this grand goal of a european army and a european super-state is inching closer through this french-german declaration.

A deeper interweaving of several policies, the relocation of responsibilites and political control to Brussels and the unification of national military and migration policy appears – against all public assertions – as the exact opposite of a „flexible union“. Instead, it very much looks like a panic reaction to the Brexit impact. And everything that follows may surface far sooner and faster than one might have expected.

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