In the footsteps of Jean Monnet, a few proposals for the EU

 

Jean Monnet

 

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by Olivier Dupuis and Carmelo Palma 1

Vox Europ, November 22, 2018

Let’s get straight to the point. We consider the opposition between « European federalists » and « sovereignists » extremely reductive, just as we consider that today more than ever the opposition between « Europeanists » and « European federalists » is abstract. Even the slogan « the United States of Europe » has become nothing more than a suggestion, unable to produce the smallest operational development. And then there are all the different scenarios that say, « let’s tear everything down and start from scratch » which sounds so much like « destroy the past to make the future ». Lire la suite

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  1. Coordinator of the national board for Forza Europa

Turning the Council into a European Senate

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Proposal for a petition to the European Parliament

A. given that the European Union has dual democratic validation – on the one hand through the European Parliament, which is elected by all European citizens, and on the other through the Council of Ministers, which represents the governments of the member states –;

B. given that the Council (of Ministers) acts as the upper chamber of the EU; indeed, along with the Parliament, it is one of the two chambers where the European legislative process is conducted, having been set in motion by the Commission; Lire la suite

A Common European Army

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Proposal for a petition to the European Parliament

A. given that the United States, beginning with the Obama administration and accelerating under the Trump administration, has favored a progressive disengagement from Europe, the need for the European Union to establish credible instruments of self-defense is every more pressing;

B. given that an autonomous system of European defense in no way interferes with many member states simultaneously belonging to NATO; in any case, the principle of Atlantic solidarity is no longer in a position to safeguard European security on its own in a strategic framework that has ceased being dominated by two massive blocs, as it was during the Cold War, but is marked rather by their gradual, and problematic, disintegration; Lire la suite

Direct Election of the President of the Commission

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Proposal for a petition to the European Parliament

A. given that in the European Union’s current institutional system, political validation rests simultaneously with the Council and the European Parliament, it is unhealthy that only one of these institutions claim the right to elect a candidate from among the so-called Spitzenkandidaten, or the « lead candidates » that each political group presents, someone who is automatically called upon to become the President of the Commission if his or her party gains the largest number of seats;

B. given that the Spitzenkandidat system has now been explicitly rejected by certain European political groups – foremost among them the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which will not select any for 2019 – and excludes highly representative national political forces, such as En Marche, which are not currently aligned with any European group; Lire la suite

European public television

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Proposal for a petition to the European Parliament

A. given that European citizens’ understanding of the history and culture as well as of the social, economic and political reality of the various countries within the European Union, and of the very functioning of the Union itself, is in general extremely patchy and often distorted by outright political prejudice;

B. given that national media services are now regularly strive to promote souverainist and nationalist ideologies and anti-European rhetoric through the systematic misinterpretation of the activities, objectives and results of common European institutions; Lire la suite