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Wednesday, August 4th 2010

9:34 AM

Quelle politique budgétaire fédérale pour la zone Euro?

Here is a comment by Frédéric Le Jehan on Quelle politique budgétaire fédérale pour la zone Euro?
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Wednesday, June 16th 2010

6:35 PM

Il Federalista / The Federalist / Le Fédéraliste on line

As from June, 11th, 2010, tables of contents and pdfs of all the issues of the political review Il Federalista / The Federalist / Le Fédéraliste published (in different languages) since 1959, when it was founded by Mario Albertini, are available at the address http://www.thefederalist.eu. The second phase of the organisation of the site is under way: at the moment, text files of each article of several issues between 1984 and 1999 (which can be recognized because of the blue colour of their titles in the table of contents), have been loaded onto the site and can be downloaded , printed or sent by e-mail. It is also possible to search the archive of the latter files by author, by any key-word, etc. Access to this archive will be free of charge till the end of 2010. Subsequently, when the work will be completed, access will be free of charge only for subscribers to the review.
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Tuesday, September 22nd 2009

5:01 PM

The German Constitutional Court and the Future of European Unification

Please find here attached the link to the editorial of the next issue of the political review The Federalist on:

The German Constitutional Court and the Future of European Unification

written by the editor Giulia Rossolillo

Best wishes
Franco Spoltore
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The German Constitutional Court and the Future of European Unification

In order for any political battle to succeed, there first has to be a full and clear understanding, without mystifications, of the situation that the battle itself is setting out to change. Only in this way is it possible to establish, clearly, the instruments that need to be used and the steps that must be taken on order to reach the final objective. In this sense it is, for anyone committed to the founding of a European federal state, very useful to reflect upon the considerations advanced by the German Constitutional Court in its recent ruling (June 30th, 2009) on Germany’s ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Court, indeed, examines the foundations on which the European Union is built and provides a lucid analysis of the weaknesses shown by the EU institutional machinery whenever the unification process runs into difficulties, and of the contradictions that emerge, within this framework, whenever the objective of creating a European federal state is raised. Thus, even though many commentators have interpreted it as an attempt to obstruct the process of European unification and strengthen the role of the national institutions, the ruling actually provides an excellent starting point for a federalist analysis of this issue, as it helps to debunk many of the myths that have precluded, and still do preclude, a real understanding of the process of European integration and the turn it could take in the future.... (to read more html, pdf)

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www.alternativaeuropea.org
www.fondazionealbertini.org 
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Tuesday, May 26th 2009

12:03 AM

EUROPEAN ELECTION 2009: FOUR QUESTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES

Here are the links to Four Questions to the Candidates in view of the European Elections in different languages:

EUROPAWAHL 2009: VIER FRAGEN AN DIE KANDIDATEN ZUM EUROPÄISCHEN PARLAMENT
http://www.euraction.org/kern/press_rel/4QuestEP09de.pdf

EUROPEAN ELECTION 2009: FOUR QUESTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES
http://www.euraction.org/kern/press_rel/4QuestEP09.pdf

ELECTIONS EUROPEENNES 2009: QUATRE QUESTIONS AUX CANDIDATS
http://www.euraction.org/kern/press_rel/4QuestEP09fr.pdf

QUATTRO DOMANDE AI CANDIDATI ALLE ELEZIONI EUROPEE
http://www.alternativaeuropea.org/attivita/VolEurEl09it.pdf

These questions have been prepared and translated into different languages by the European federalists active in the Committee for a European Federal State in different regional and local sections.
Feel free to use and circulate them.
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Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

4:42 PM

Bayrou voit la zone euro en "leader d'entraînement" de l'UE

Is an effective debate on the problem of building a federal core beginning?
Reading this news coming from France (see below) it seems that it is so. Lets' work on it

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<<PARIS (Reuters) - L'Union européenne doit avancer à des rythmes différents, sous la houlette de la zone euro qui serait son "leader d'entraînement", a dit lundi François Bayrou.
Le dirigeant centriste, qui est crédité de 12% des voix dans un récent sondage, réclame une "Europe du premier cercle" bâtie sur les pays de la zone euro.
"Nous sommes pour qu'il y ait une Europe du premier cercle, une Europe active qui réunit les pays de la zone euro (...) Nous avons seize pays qui ont une monnaie en partage. Ils ont une responsabilité particulière de leader d'entraînement", a-t-il déclaré lors d'une conférence de presse à Paris.
"Cette Europe doit bien évidemment être ouverte, cela ne doit pas être une Europe de l'exclusion", a-t-il ajouté.
Si cette "Europe du premier cercle" avait existé lors du sommet du G20, début avril, François Bayrou veut croire que la lutte contre les paradis fiscaux en serait sortie renforcée et non affaiblie, comme il estime qu'elle l'a été.
A Londres, "on a écrit la liste des paradis fiscaux avec une gomme", a-t-il déploré, effaçant "l'un après l'autre les paradis à l'intérieur même des pays qui se présentaient comme vertueux".
Face à ce "grand immobilisme, si la zone euro existait elle serait un leader d'exigence dans cette lutte contre les paradis fiscaux. Elle doit devenir une avant-garde", a souligné François Bayrou, qui veut également accélérer la politique d'harmonisation fiscale au sein de cette zone euro.
Il a dénoncé une certaine forme de "démission" des Etats qui font ou laissent faire de la "braderie fiscale" et "vont piquer des entreprises dans les autres pays".
PS ET UMP RAILLÉS
Marielle de Sarnez, tête de liste du MoDem en Ile-de-France et "animatrice" de la campagne nationale pour les européennes, a également plaidé pour un "nouveau modèle européen économique social et durable".
"Le levier de réponse n'est pas national, il faut un plan de relance et un grand emprunt européen", a-t-elle déclaré.
"Les pères fondateurs disaient toujours qu'il fallait faire l'Europe des petits pas. Je crois exactement l'inverse, il faut faire l'Europe des grands pas", a-t-elle souligné.
A six semaines d'un scrutin européen crucial pour sa formation, François Bayrou a noté un changement notable chez les électeurs français.
En pleine crise financière et économique, "une révolution a eu lieu dans l'esprit des Français qui placent l'Europe au rayon des espoirs alors qu'hier elle était rangée au rayon des contraintes", a-t-il estimé.
Le président du MoDem, qui a organisé au moins trois événements nationaux pour lancer sa campagne européenne, a renvoyé dos-à-dos le Parti socialiste, où les listes composées par Martine Aubry ont fait grincer des dents, et l'UMP, qui peine à présenter des listes électorales complètes.
"Nous avons composé nos listes au terme d'une démarche démocratique avec consultation des adhérents et nous faisons campagne sur le sujet européen", a ironisé François Bayrou.
Il y aura un "message national" adressé au gouvernement lors de ce scrutin, a-t-il convenu, mais le MoDem n'appelle pas au "vote sanction" comme les socialistes français. Laure Bretton, édité par Yves Clarisse>>
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Wednesday, January 28th 2009

5:21 PM

When Europe starts to melt ...

In his comment (When Europe starts to melt at the edges, Financial Times 26-1-09), Gideon Rachman informs his readers that “even pro-European think-tanks, such as the Centre for European Reform (CER) are speculating that Europe’s single currency, which currently includes 16 EU countries, could break up under the strain”.

And indeed in the CER’s essay on “The Euro at Ten: Is Its Future Secure?” (January 2009), edited by Simon Tilford, one can read that: a) “accelerated political integration within the eurozone and a move to some form of fiscal federalism – is the least likely”; b) “a bail-out of the affected member-states … is unlikely”; c) “the most likely outcome is that the hardest-hit countries will be forced into wrenching fiscal adjustment and that Germany and others with large external surpluses will take modest steps to rebalance their economies”.

Well, all that means that there are no European political chances or that the European institutions are of no importance to deal with the economic crisis.
This CER’s essay has revisited the arguments made in another report entitled, ‘Will the eurozone crack?’ (2006). Unfortunately it ignores that the framework for saving the European currency and economy remains that of the relaunch of the project to build a European federal State among some EU member States.

That is, this report seems to ignore that the Dollar -  and the US economy -  or the Renmimbi – and the Chinese economy -  live and exert their power in the institutional framework of concrete and effective States.


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Thursday, December 18th 2008

4:47 PM

Euro quid pro quo



In an interview with Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank and the Financial Times (FT) conducted by Lionel Barber (Wednesday, 10 December 2008 in Frankfurt), Mr Trichet has declared: “We don’t have a federal government. We don’t have a federal budget. If we unravel the Stability and Growth Pact we won’t rebuild it afterwards. It would have been unravelled. And what would I say then to American friends telling me, ‘you put the cart before the horse - you don’t have a federal budget or a federal government - but you have a single currency’? I understand that from the outside our setup might seem a little surprising, but taking everything into account, the credibility of the euro area, the fact that there has been a quid pro quo at the birth of the euro area in terms of the institutional framework, our setup is very solid.”
So, Mr Trichet is well aware of the nature of the contradictions of having a single currency without proper institutional bodies. And yet he, as most of the Europeanists, hardly seems to have the courage and clear-sightedness to make proposals to extricate the Eurozone from the situation in which it is currently ensnared. The Eurozone member State are bound sooner or later to find themselves faced with a dramatic choice: either to give up their sovereignty or to renounce monetary union. If they will decide to give up their sovereignty, they will have to make a revolutionary leap forward: the Eurozone member States (or at least the most important ones among them) should cease to exist as sovereign entities so as to allow a new European federal state to be born which will, in its turn, exercise the prerogative of sovereignty. On the contrary, if they will renounce to monetary union, they’ll be nake and powerless vis à vis the rest of the world.

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Wednesday, December 17th 2008

7:22 PM

Après la multiplication des pains, la multiplication des députés !

Quite interesting (as usual) this post in Quatremer's blog on Le « non » irlandais multiplie les eurodéputés.
A European miracle, a blogger commented!
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Saturday, December 6th 2008

12:39 PM

Habermas: Life after bankruptcy

In a long and interesting interview in Die Zeit (26/11/08), philosopher Jürgen Habermas talked to Thomas Assheuer about the necessity of an international world order. Unfortunately Habermas doesn’t go beyond the proposal of a“closer cooperation” among the main European nation States, however he perfectly describe the flaws of the present European (and world) situation. Here are some excerpts from this talk (to read more).

<< Life after bankruptcy, Die Zeit, talks with Jürgen Habermas .........

What role does Europe play in your scenario?

JH - Not the one it has in fact played in the crisis. It is not clear to me why the recent crisis management of the European Union is being praised so highly. Gordon Brown was able to bring the American finance minister Paulsen to reinterpret the laboriously negotiated bailout with his memorable decision because he brought the most important players in the Eurozone on board through the mediation of the French president and against the initial resistance of Angela Merkel and her minister of finance Peer Steinbrück. You need only examine this negotiation process and its outcome more closely. For it was the three most powerful among the nation-states united in the EU who agreed as sovereign actors to coordinate their different measures which happened to point in the same direction. In spite of the presence of Messrs Juncker and Barroso, the way this classical international agreement came about had almost nothing to do with a joint political will-formation of the European Union. The New York Times duly registered, not without a hint of malice, the Europeans' inability to agree upon a joint economic policy.

How do you account for that?

JH - The present course of the crisis is making the flaw in the construction of the European Union manifest: every country is responding with its own economic measures. Because the competences in the Union, simplifying somewhat, are divided in such a way that Brussels and the European Court of Justice implement the economic freedoms whereas the resulting external costs are palmed off on the member states, there is at present no joint will-formation at the level of economic policy. The most prominent member states are even divided over the principles governing how much state and how much market is desirable in the first place. Moreover each country is conducting its own foreign policy, Germany first and foremost. The Berlin Republic, for all its quiet diplomacy, is forgetting the lessons that the old Federal Republic drew from history. The government is exploiting the extended room for manoeuvre in foreign policy it has gained since 1989-90 and is falling back into the familiar pattern of national power politics between states, though the latter have long since shrunk to the format of minor princedoms.

But what could these princedoms do? What would be the next step?

JH - Are you asking me for my wish list? Since under the present conditions I regard graduated integration or different speeds of unification as the only possible scenario for overcoming the present stagnation, Sarkozy's proposal for an economic government of the Eurozone can serve as a starting point. This does not mean that we would have to accept the statist background assumptions and protectionist intentions of its sponsor. Procedures and political results are two different things. The "closer cooperation" in the field of economic policy would have to be followed by "closer cooperation" in foreign policy. And neither could be conducted any longer through backroom deals behind the backs of the populations.>>
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Tuesday, December 2nd 2008

7:15 PM

What a wonderful Europe!

The French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, M. Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, has declared to the Financial Times that, as regards European defence, the EU, and in particular France and Great Britain, have not to create new institutions, but to show the capability to intervene in specific operations. “It is not the point of having a European army or navy”, the Ambassador declared, but simply to put together the (technical, human and financial) means to be military credible, on the of the Franco-British cooperation relaunched a few years ago with the Saint Malo agreement (his FT interview).

As regards the financial crisis, according to Finland’s foreign minister Alexander Stubb “the European countries are more united today than one year ago” and have shown that they can play a pivotal role to reform the International institutions (his FT interview).

According to M. Gourdalt-Montagne and to Mr. Stubb it seems that everything is going in the right direction to promote a more effective European role at the world level. What a wonderful Europe!
But is it true?

As regards the military aspects how will react the European countries when the new US administration will ask them to put into effect the requests President Obama advanced during his electoral travel through Europe: “It’s time to strengthen Nato by asking more of our allies”? They are already getting a little nervous about the prospect of direct talks between Iran and the new administration of Barack Obama, which will put in a corner the European diplomacy.
As regards the economic and financial crisis, we can quote few lines of an FT article: “..not everything is rosy in the eurozone. As is shown by the increasing spreads between the yields on government bonds of Greece, Italy and other countries over those of Germany, financial markets do not treat the area as a single entity. Investors are well aware that the EU, unlike the US, is not a federal state and has no central fiscal mechanism to transfer funds from a stable, prosperous country to a country in trouble” (November 20, Stumbling to stability, by Tony Barber).

So, that’s the problem: EU is not a federal State. Should we wait for the Financial Times to let the people know this unconvenient truth? Couldn’t we say anyhing about how to build such a State and which countries (national governments, political classes) have the main responsibility to take the initiative to build it? What about an idea ... (see the APPEAL TO EUROPE’S SIX FOUNDER MEMBERS
FOR A EUROPEAN FEDERAL STATE
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