June 2016 – EUROPEAN UNION – Plans for ‘a closer European Union’ have been branded an attempt to create a ‘European Super-state.’ Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault today presented a proposal for closer EU integration based on three key areas – internal and external security, the migrant crisis, and economic cooperation. But the plans have been described as an ‘ultimatum’ in Poland, with claims it would mean countries transfer their armies, economic systems and border controls to the EU.
Zaoralek added that the four eastern members had reservations about the proposed common security policy. Eastern members have become increasingly jittery on security issues since Moscow used so-called “hybrid warfare,” or undeclared covert tactics – to annex the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Poland’s public TVP described the Franco-German proposal as an “ultimatum” designed to create a European “Super-state dominated by large nations.” Ayrault described the Franco-German proposal as a “contribution,” adding that there would be “others.” According to the Daily Express, the nine-page report has ‘outrage’ its foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski. He said: ‘This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats. The Express reports the document says France and Germany will ‘strive for a political union in Europe’ and ‘invite the next Europeans to participate.’ It comes after the UK voted to leave the EU in a landmark referendum last week, causing shockwaves across Europe. The result has prompted right-wing European parties in France and Eastern Europe to suggest similar votes, with the EU criticized for its ‘federalism’ and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker blamed for Brexit within the organization. In a joint statement tonight the leaders of Germany, France and Italy say the European Union ‘must dedicate itself to the worries expressed by its citizens.’
In their statement Monday, the three leaders said that the EU is a success and that the bloc is indispensable in securing ‘the economic and social progress for our people, and to assert Europe’s role in the world.’ But German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledged that the EU can only advance if it is supported by its people. –Daily Mail