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A Path towards Greater European Integration

New plan for the EU issued by France and Germany to create an EU superstate after Brexit

July 14th, 2016
Jessica Sama, Berlin Global
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On Monday, June 27, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault prepared a plan to reform the European Union, with the goal of working towards a deeper integration of E.U. member states.

The news was reported by the Polish Tv channel TVP info, which obtained a copy of the document signed by the German and French Foreign Ministries during their meeting in Prague. The revelations come just days after Britain shook Brussels by voting to leave the European Union, a move which some have predicted could lead to the break-up of the EU.

For a long time, advocates of increased European integration have dreamt of creating a true "United States of Europe", but Britain was always one of the stumbling blocks that stood in the way.
But now that Britain is out, a fear persists that the entire European project may collapse, therefore there is a great rush to finally complete full European integration.

Foreign ministers of Germany and France have drawn up a proposal for a European Union “super state” following the UK’s Brexit vote, drafting “a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states.”

Titled "A strong Europe in a world of uncertainties", the document was drafted by Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier his German counterpart.

The 9-page document demands that all EU states adopt common criminal codes, tax systems, immigration, and “asylum” policies—and be forced to accept a “redistribution” of the flood of refugees.

The former is a “European Security Compact,” which “encompasses all aspects of security and defense dealt with at the European level.” A common intelligence system is also proposed “to create a common system of analysis of our strategic environment and a common understanding of our interests” and a “harmonization of penal codes between Member States.” The document also demands the total surrender of migration policy to the EU. The last part of the document deals with the common currency, the euro, and admits that “the euro crisis and its aftermath have shown some deficiencies which make citizens question the compatibility of the single currency promises, folding before its introduction, and even doubt the wisdom of keeping the euro project.”

However, the paper continues, they still seek to strengthen economic cohesion, enhance social justice and democratic accountability, and increase resilience to shocks, so as to ensure the irreversibility of the euro.

As currently several member states are deeply unhappy about the creeping federalism of the European project, and with anti-EU sentiments running high in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and France, there are controversial feelings that the creation of a "European super state" will take from member states the right to have their own armies, security services, separate criminal code, and national currency. Therefore, even if according to European leaders and mainstream media the project can represent a "solution" to increase European integration avoiding secessionists’ feelings, many see it as only another "technocrat" move focused not on the will of the people but for the sake of the economy of the larger states such as France and Germany.

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