Europe is sliding towards full confederation – it’s time for the UK to leave
The history of Europe has been one of interchanging, and mutual, war and distrust between Britain and the rest; one of revolving alliances with some, and battles with others. Why should we think anything has changed? While some of us currently seek alliance, others believe we are at passive war. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Talking of which, Viviane Reding (Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne – Commissaire européenne en charge de la Justice) gave another speech a couple of weeks ago at the Conférence Débat Sciences-Po Paris: La crise vue comme une chance – Vers un nouveau plan Schuman. This is Viviane Reding’s vision for the future of the European Union: a new Schuman plan.
One thing that surprises me is that while most major EU documents are multi-lingual, I cannot find an English version of this one. And while English and French are not the only languages in Europe, I cannot help but wonder.
So, anyway, what does she say? My French is not up to a proper translation, but the meaning is pretty clear. Out of the rubble of the Eurozone, “my vision for tomorrow is that by 2020 our Europe will have changed into a real European Confederation”. There, she’s said it. The ‘C’ word that has for so long been banned. That’s what EC really stands for: confederation, not commission. (Remind me again, exactly who voted for Ms Reding?)
But I don’t want to belong to the United States of Europe. I have never been given the opportunity to vote for the European Union. And I don’t want to belong to either. I am happy for the rest of Europe, where they wish to do so, to bind together in a full political union (one which, I must warn, will be run by Germany and manipulated by France). But leave me out.
So I ask of Ms Reding to rewrite her lecture in English: La crise vue comme une chance – Vers un nouveau plan: sortie.