Successful unions result not from gradual processes of convergence in relatively benign circumstances, but through sharp ruptures in periods of extreme crisis. They come about, not through evolution but with a ‘big bang’. They are events rather than processes
Things we do:
Roundtables on European Order
The European Federalist Papers
From Confederation to Union
Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.
That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.”
We are closer than you may think
If we are to form the United States of Europe or whatever name or form it may take, we must begin now
Statement of Principles
European Federalists have been dreaming about a more integrated Union for decades.
The time for dreaming is over. Now is the time to take action.
The dire state of the Eurozone and the growing sense of disenfranchisement across the EU threaten the peace of the continent.
There are unmistakable signs of extremism within member states and the weakness of Europe renders her unfit to deal with pressing external challenges, especially dealing with undemocratic states such as Russia and China.
Economic imbalance between Germany and the European periphery poisons political discourse so that what was intended to unite now increasingly divides us.
The solution to these problems, Europe’s ‘democratic deficit’, and her failure to address the current currency crisis can only be a ‘federal’ one and must be owned by the entire population of the Union democratically expressed.
This is the only structure that will enable Europeans to mobilize in pursuit of their collective endeavors rather than against each other, and which will integrate Germany economically and militarily into the larger whole.
The nation state will not abdicate without pressure. Only a concerted effort that targets the European, the national, and the regional level at the same time can lead to success.
Therefore, The Project for Democratic Union takes a three-pronged approach to effect real systemic change.
– At the national level, we run campaigns to change the conversation on national sovereignty and the future of Europe to establish the federal option as a real choice rather than a far-off aspiration.
– At the regional level, we target governments with activist pressure campaigns and use the specter of secession as a lever to move states in the direction of the federal union.
– At the Brussels level, we lobby operatives within the institutions to coordinate a centralized top-down push for democratic union and prepare elites for the transition.
- The Project for Democratic Union aims at creating a new, more powerful, and more democratic Europe.
- It believes in the principles of liberal Democracy and the right of Europe’s citizens collectively to determine their own future and that of their continent.
- The Union Parliament should be the most important political institution in Europe. It should consist of two chambers: a House of Citizens elected by the population, and a Senate made up of two delegates from each of the constituent states.
- The government of the Union should be led by an executive President elected by direct popular vote.
- Some competencies – such as foreign affairs, the armed services, and the common currency –which are now vested in the European Commission, the European Council, the Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the European Parliament, and member states will henceforth be the sole preserve of the Union government. Other powers will be returned to the national and regional level.
- The Union should have at its command a single European army, with the monopoly of external force projection.
- The new Union would be a full member of NATO. It would take over the United Nations Security Council seat and nuclear weaponry of France.
- Europe’s banks, bond markets, and other financial and economic institutions and structures must be integrated and subject to singular, European law.
- All existing state debt should be federalized in a once-off move through the issue of Union Bonds to be backed by the entire tax revenue of the common currency zone. This should be accompanied by the introduction of an automatic balanced budget requirement for all national and regional administrations with a subsequent ‘no bail-out clause’ and an insolvency purge of all insolvent private sector financial institutions, in which deposits, but not loans, shares or bonds, are to be refunded by the Union.
- All citizens of the Union are to undertake military or some other form of community service for the Union a year after leaving school.
- The PDU supports free trade with all genuine democracies. Any other trade relationship will depend on a standard of workers’ rights set by the Union being met.
- The new Union should promote sustainable growth and be committed to transparency in government and administration.
- It is essential to create a European public sphere and vibrant civil society as a legitimator, commentator, and forum for discussion as well as a check on Union, national, and regional politics.
- The official language of the Union will be English, which is to be exclusively used for Union business and will be the sole language of command in the Union army. The other languages of the Union should be maintained for national and regional administrative, commercial, and educational business, and for daily use in their respective habitats.
- Our expectation is that all current and aspirant members of the Eurozone will wish to join the Democratic Union. In the event of Great Britain declining to join the new Union as a full member, the closest possible economic, political, and military links should be maintained with London in a new European Confederation.
The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear