The socialist party foreign ministers of Germany and France have drawn up a proposal for a European Union “super state” following the UK’s Brexit vote.
The 9-page document demands that all EU states adopt common criminal codes, tax systems, immigration, and “asylum” policies—and be forced to accept a “redistribution” of the flood of fake refugees.
The document first leaked by Polish state television broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP), has been confirmed as genuine and is likely to be placed before the European Commission within the next few weeks for approval.
Titled “A strong Europe in a world of uncertainties,” the document was written by Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, his German counterpart.
Starting off by lamenting Brexit as a “watershed moment in the history of Europe,” the two said that they have to “acknowledge that support and passion for our common project has faded over the last decade in parts of our societies.”
France and Germany, they say, “share a common destiny and a common set of values that provide the foundation for an ever closer union between our peoples. We will therefore move further towards political union in Europe and invite the other Europeans to join us in this endeavor.”
This “political union” is far-reaching, and, as the document says, the two ministers have agreed on a number of proposals.
The first is a “European Security Compact,” which “encompasses all aspects of security and defense dealt with at the European level.”
This entails “establishing standing maritime forces or acquiring EU-owned capabilities in other key areas”—in other words, establishing an EU-army.
“The EU should be able to plan and carry out both civilian and military operations in a more efficient manner, with the support of permanent civil-military chains of command. The Union should be able to rely on constantly paid rapid reaction force and be able to provide joint funding mechanisms for such activities.”
A common intelligence system is also proposed to “to create a common system of analysis of our strategic environment and a common understanding of our interests.”
The document envisions the European public prosecutor’s office extending its powers from only financial matters to a common criminal code, and a “harmonization of penal codes between Member States.”
The document also demands the total surrender of migration policy to the EU.
“There should be no unilateral national responses to the challenges of the crisis migration,” it states, saying that “Germany and France are convinced that it is high time to introduce a truly integrated policy on asylum, refugees, and migration.”
It also proposes a compulsory “distribution” of the nonwhite invaders posing as refugees currently pouring into Europe.
“The situation in which the burden of migration is unevenly borne by a limited number of countries is not sustainable. First, the Dublin system has to be improved by providing permanent mechanisms linking the distribution of the burden of migrants between Member States.”
The last part of the document deals with the common currency, the euro, and admits that “the euro crisis and its aftermath have shown some deficiencies which make citizens question the compatibility of the single currency promises, folding before its introduction, and even doubt the wisdom of keeping the euro project.”
However, the paper continues, they still seek to strengthen economic cohesion, enhance social justice and democratic accountability, and increase resilience to shocks, so as to ensure the irreversibility of the euro.”
It also admits that the requirements for membership in the monetary union and its tax implications are “higher than anyone could have predicted when the euro was introduced,” and, therefore, the EU “must respect the rights of others to decide when to introduce the common currency.”
Rather than forcing everyone to use the euro, therefore, they foresee it being implemented as a “result of a pragmatic and gradual evolution.”
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told TVP that his government had reservations about the project, particularly in light of reports that it is soon to be presented as an “ultimatum” to the Visegrad 4 nations.
“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats,” he said.
“Therefore, I want to talk about this, whether this really is the right recipe right now in the context of a Brexit.”
It is still not clear exactly when and how the two foreign ministers intend to force the EU member states to accept their plans—and what the consequences might be.
It is, given all recent events, likely that the document will do nothing except further exacerbate tensions within the EU and increase calls for EU membership referenda in other nations.