from The Daily Bell:
European leaders are now calling for a federal union to salvage the EU. At least four European leaders have asked for a European “Federal Union” to build up the relationship between European nation-states.
A number of countries have threatened to leave the Eurozone including at one time or another Greece, Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands and Spain. All of these countries are struggling with enormously high debt.
Reps from lower parliament chamber in France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg wrote a letter in La Stampa, an Italian newspaper, explaining that member member states ought not to be fearful about Brexit or other concerns.
The letter was published in advance of the mid-March meeting marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. This was what began the European Economic Community, before the Union.
Their joint letter reads:
Now is the moment to move towards closer political integration – the Federal Union of States with broad powers.
We know that the prospect stirs up strong resistance, but the inaction of some cannot be the analysis of all. Those who believe in European ideals, should be able to give them a new life instead of helplessly observing its slow sunset.
The integration of Europe is less certain than ever because of “populist, nationalist and even xenophobic movements”.
But why is the integration of Europe, or unity among sovereign nations automatically a good thing? Disunity is exactly what made Europe a bastion of relative freedom and technological progress compared to the rest of the world.
Europe’s geographic balkanization resulted in dozens or hundreds of independent, competing statelets and centers of innovation. If one state did not pursue some particular innovation, another did, forcing neighboring states to do likewise or else be conquered or left economically behind. Europe’s barriers were sufficient to prevent political unification, but insufficient to halt the spread of technology and ideas. There has never been one despot who could turn off the tap for all of Europe, as of China.
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