Europe Must Become ‘Federation of States’, Barroso Says!
- Europe must become ‘federation of states’, Barroso says!
The president of the European Commission called for the EU to be turned into a “federation of nation states” in a sweeping demand for countries to surrender more sovereignty and move towards full integration.
In a speech to the European Parliament, the head of the bloc’s executive, President Jose Manuel Barroso, said he was not calling for a European “superstate”, but said the EU would always be less than the sum of its parts unless the union was deepened.
“Let’s not be afraid of the words: We will need to move towards a federation of nation states. This is our political horizon. This is what must guide our work in the years to come,” he said in his annual “state of the union” address.
“A democratic federation of nation states that can tackle our common problems, through the sharing of sovereignty in a way that each country and its citizens are better equipped to control their own destiny.”
While there may be enthusiasm in some European capitals for such a move, it is a vision that is likely to rankle in countries such as Britain, where there is strong opposition to the idea of more powers being devolved to Brussels.
With concerns already deep about a two-speed Europe between those countries with better growth prospects and those that are growing barely at all, and tensions between the 17 countries in the eurozone and the 10 others that do not use the single currency, a drive towards a federal Europe could lead to more complex divisions across the continent.
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