FOR A UNITED STATES OF EUROPE

AGAINST A UNITED STATES OF EUROPE

1. A STRONGER VOICE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE

The former Belgian Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak is reputed to have once said there are ‘only two types of state in Europe: small states, and small states that have not yet realised they are small’. The 21st century is a world of giants: the United States, China, India, and others. If Europe wants its voice to be heard, if will need to work together. Decisions need to be taken efficiently and quickly, which means a real common European foreign policy and an EU army. This would enhance the EU’s geopolitical role, allowing the otherwise small European states to consistently punch above their weight.

1. MORE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS

The EU is already an undemocratic institution which a United States or federated Europe would exacerbate. The European Parliament is weak, and the other EU institutions are controlled by appointed bureaucrats, not by the public. A United States of Europe would mean more corruption.

2. PROSPERITY

By uniting fiscal policies across all Member States, the United States of Europe could promote investment across the continent, create a common banking system, adopt a Europe-wide tax policy to prevent a ‘race to the bottom’, and promote a pan-European unemployment insurance scheme, encouraging economic convergence and promoting prosperity. This would lead to a more stable European economy and decrease the risk of another Eurozone crisis.

2. BYE BYE NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY

A United States of Europe would mean that Member States abandon even more of their sovereignty and give it to the European federation. This would lead to a disintegration of national identities and culture.

3. PEACE

As Winston Churchill once said, a United States of Europe is the best solution to guaranteeing sustained peace on the continent. With extremist ideologies surging ever since the 2008 financial crisis, it would be an ideal opportunity to grow politically and culturally closer. A federal Europe would be more responsive and accountable to public demands, and would strengthen the sense of shared European ties and responsibility, fostering peace and cooperation within Europe and beyond.

3. NO EUROPEAN DEMOS

Europe contains too many diverse identities to be amalgamated, so attempts to form a single European state are doomed. This lack of a common European ‘demos’, or public, would only lead to popular discontent and, inevitably, the collapse of the USE.

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