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2.  Europe's Future

A reinforced, reduced or reformed EU?

Scenarios: what is it about?

 

The three scenarios of "Our New Europe" correspond with the three most frequently discussed visions for Europe. The following applies to all of them:

  • Definition: The scenarios of "Our New Europe" are conceptual models indicating possible future developments of democracy and subsidiarity in Europe under specific assumptions and prerequisites.

     

  • Limits: All scenarios of "Our New Europe" exclusively deal with Europe and its relations to European countries, but not domestic matters, such as the structure of the State, government, democracy and the economy, centralisation and decentralisation. Each country shall continue to decide autonomously on these national issues and on its relationship with the EU.

  • General framework for all scenarios: The EU continues to defend peace and prosperity in Europe and in the world, the respect of the common European values of the Enlightenment, such as human dignity, human rights, democracy and freedom (Art. 2, consolidated version of the Treaty on the European Union), and the great European peace project.

 

The three Scenarios of "Our New Europe"

EU+: Ever closer Union

"There's no alternative!"

Jean-Claude Juncker; foto: changepartnership.org
Jean-Claude Juncker; foto: changepartnership.org

EU-: Withdraw, free trade

"I want my country back!"

Nigel Farage - Euro Realist Newsletter (flickr.com)
Nigel Farage - Euro Realist Newsletter (flickr.com)

EU* of the citizens

"Another Union"!

David Cameron - foto: wordpress.com
David Cameron - foto: wordpress.com

1.  EU+ reinforced: More of the same!

 

"Brussels" (i.e., the vast majority of the EU elites, politicians and its administration) continues to strive for an ever closer, more centralized, politically integrated and bigger Union;  finally, for a global power, the United States of Europe - presumably as so far without asking its citizens to decide in EU wide referenda. Even national referenda on Europe have if possible to be avoided, inappropriate results to be ignored or corrected.

 

Additional powers are transferred from the member countries to "Brussels", to begin with to form a common economic and financial government for the Euro zone (with EU tax, transfer payments from the wealthier to less wealthy countries). A common European policy is needed to cope with the refugee crises, involving Turkey, with which negotiations on its EU membership shall be accelerated. A way back from the EU+ does not exist (Section 2.1).

 

 

2.  EU-  reduced: Withdrawal from the EU and free trade

 

 EU opponents (e.g. the United Kingdom Independence Party, UKIP) do not believe that the EU can really be reformed.  They want their country to withdraw from the Union (maintaining however trade relations; respectively not to join the EU, if it is not yet a member), so that it can recover the right to decide its own laws (e.g. on immigration) and sign international agreements (section 2.2).

 

 

3.  EU* transformed: citizens' referenda + variable geometry

 

According to EU critics and sceptics, the EU shall become more flexible, more decentralized and more democratic. In the scenario EU* transformed, the citizens all over Europe shall therefore decide in popular referenda on their country's adherence to a politically integrated core EU, or to the European common market / economic area (including the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital, but without the Euro), or to a large European free trade zone, open to all European countries between Reykjavik and Vladivostok; and which role they as citizens want to play in this Europe.

 

If this scenario achieves solid majorities in many countries, in a hight turn-out "Our New Europe" referendum, this result could rapidly launch the transformation of the EU into a Europe at variable geometry, close to the citizens (section 2.3).

 

 

Europe's future is in your hands!

Your opinion counts!

The more votes, the clearer the message, the greater the impact!