Saturday, 30 April 2005

EU Constitution: German politicians drive for an EU Federation

In their own words:

“The EU Constitution is the birth certificate of the United States of Europe.”
- German Minister for Europe Hans Martin Bury, Die Welt, 25-2-2005

“European monetary union has to be complemented by a political union – that was always the presumption of Europeans including those who made active politics before us. . .What we need to Europeanise is everything to do with economic and financial policy. In this area we need much more, let’s call it co-ordination and co-operation to suit British feelings, than we had before. That hangs together with the success of the euro.”
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, The Times, London, 22 February 2002

“The currency union will fall apart if we don’t follow through with the consequences of such a union. I am convinced we will need a common tax system.”
- German Finance Minister Hans Eichel,The Sunday Times, London, 23 December 2001

“We need a European Constitution. The European Constitution is not the ‘final touch’ of the European structure; it must become its foundation. The European Constitution should prescribe that . . .we are building a Federation of nation-States. . .The first part should be based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights proclaimed at the European summit at Nice. . .. If we transform the EU into a Federation of Nation-States, we will enhance the democratic legitimacy … We should not prescribe what the EU should never be allowed to . . .I believe that the Parliament and the Council of Ministers should be developed into a genuine bicameral parliament.”
- Dr Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, address to the European Parliament, 4 April 2001

“We already have a federation. The 11,soon to be 12, member States adopting the euro have already given up part of their sovereignty, monetary sovereignty,and formed a monetary union, and that is the first step towards a federation.”
- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Financial Times,London, 7 July 2000,

“The last step will then be the completion of integration in a European Federation. . . such a group of States would conclude a new European framework treaty, the nucleus of a constitution of the Federation. On the basis of this treaty, the Federation would develop its own institutions, establish a government which, within the EU, should speak with one voice. . .. a strong parliament and a directly elected president. Such a driving force would have to be the avant-garde, the driving force for the completion of political integration. . . This latest stage of European Union . . . will depend decisively on France and Germany.”
- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, speech at Humboldt University Berlin, 12 May 2000

“It is only natural that the eastern part of the continent will become our preoccupation for years to come, because Germans see this as a matter of historical destiny. The most fundamental priority we have is trying to integrate all of Europe. But for France the underlying issue is all about coming to terms with its loss of influence in the world.”
- Herr Immo Stabreit, former German Ambassador to France, International Herald Tribune, 11-12 September 1999

“The introduction of the euro is probably the most important integrating step since the beginning of the unification process. It is certain that the times of individual national efforts regarding employment policies, social and tax policies are definitely over. This will require to finally bury some erroneous ideas of national sovereignty … I am convinced our standing in the world regarding foreign trade and international finance policies will sooner or later force a Common Foreign and Security Polic worthy of its name. . . National sovereignty in foreign and security policy will soon prove itself to be a product of the imagination.”
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on “New Foundations for European Integration”, The Hague, 19 Jan.1999

“Our future begins on January 1 1999. The euro is Europe’s key to the 21st century. The era of solo national fiscal and economic policy is over.”
- German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder,31 December 1998

“The euro is a sickly premature infant, the result of an over-hasty monetary union.”
- German Opposition leader Gerhard Schröder, March 1998

“The euro is far more than a medium of exchange. . .It is part of the identity of a people. It reflects what they have in common now and in the future.”
- European Central Bank Governor Wim Duisenberg, December 31 1998

“Transforming the European Union into a single State with one army, one constitution and one foreign policy is the critical challenge of the age, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said yesterday.”
- The Guardian, London, 26 November 1998

“As a monetary union represents a lasting commitment to integration which encroaches on the core area of national sovereignty, the EMU participants must also be prepared to take further steps towards a more comprehensive political union.”
- Annual Report of the German Bundesbank 1995

“In Maastricht we laid the foundation-stone for the completion of the European Union. The European Union Treaty introduces a new and decisive stage in the process of European union, which within a few years will lead to the creation of what the founding fathers dreamed of after the last war: the United States of Europe.”
- German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, April 1992

“There is no example in history of a lasting monetary union that was not linked to one State.”
- 0tmar Issing, Chief Economist, German Bundesbank, 1991; current member of the board of the European Central Bank, Frankfort.

“A European currency will lead to member-nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policies as well as in monetary affairs. . . It is an illusion to think that States can hold on to their autonomy over taxation policies.”
- Bundesbank President Hans Tietmeyer, 1991

“On the basis of repeated meetings with him and of an attentive observation of his actions, I think that if in his own way W.Hallstein (ed:first President of the European Commission) is a sincere ‘European’, this is only because he is first of all an ambitious German. For the Europe that he would like to see would contain a framework within which his country could find once again and without cost the respectability and equality of rights that Hitler’s frenzy and defeat caused it to lose; then acquire the overwhelming weight that will follow from its economic capacity; and, finally, achieve a situation in which its quarrels concerning its boundaries and its unification will be assumed by a powerful coalition.”
- President Charles de Gaulle, Memoirs of Hope, 1970

“I have always found the word ‘Europe’ on the lips of those who wanted something from others which they dared not demand in their own names.”
- German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Gedenken und Einerrungen,1880,

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