Vladimir Agaev, a columnist for RIA Novosti
The newly elected leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz, in his keynote speech called for the establishment in the middle of the next decade, “United States of Europe”. Their composition should include those countries for which the idea of globalization are above their national interests. In fact, the leader of the German social Democrats, develops the project “Europe of two speeds” proposed by the President of France Emmanuel Macron. EU member States are invited to share in the “first” and “second” grade.
The dream of a Federal Europe
Congress of the Social democratic party of Germany re-elected Martin Schulz as their leader. And former head of the European Parliament, I shared the dream of a United Europe, living under the same laws and obeying a single supranational authority.
“We need the European constitutional Treaty, which will create a Federal Europe,” said Schultz.
According to him, members of the EU should be represented by the text of the agreement for ratification, and those who refuse to agree with him ought to leave the European Union. Outlined Schulz and time for the “moment of truth” — he believes that “a United States of Europe” needs to occur by 2025.
In his speech, the leader of the SPD stated that the concept itself of the national state has become an anachronism in today’s globalized world. To effectively combat climate change can only be determined and a consolidated single European superstate. Only under his power to subdue their rules of Google and Facebook, to cope with the problem of migration and to build an advanced welfare community of developed countries.
The leader of the SPD, Martin Schulz at the Congress of the SPD in Berlin. 8 Dec 2017
“We need a social democratic Europe,” declared Schultz. He expressed the belief that only such a strengthened Union could resist the growth of right-wing nationalism gaining strength in Germany, Austria, Finland, France and the Netherlands.
Software party it’s unity came under the crossfire of criticism from all sides — the left and the right. A representative of the CSU Alexander Dobrindt called Schulz “the European radical” and he was supported by partners from the CDU. The leader of the far-right movement ZSU org Mitten warned of the imminent “end of Germany” — according to him, the plans of Schultz does not lead to the strengthening of Europe as the “end of a liberal and democratic Europe as we know it”. Left “Green” called Schultz indicated by the term “taken from the ceiling”.
Not in the leg
Program Schulz primarily reflects the aspirations of European officials about “walking up” Europe, readily obeying the same rules of the game emanating from Brussels. In fact, it is not much different from the idea of a “Europe of different speeds” hatched in the West and this September reiterated by the French President Emmanuel Macron in his speech at the Sorbonne.
The urge to merge “core EU”, which includes only ready for closer integration of the country, has arisen not on an empty place. The recent controversy in the European community are magnified and the main fault line runs along the boundaries Eastern and Central European States. They joined the European Union after the end of the socialist bloc, different from the Western “veterans” is not only underdevelopment, but often have their own positions on very significant issues.
So, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia United in 1991 in the so-called Visegrad group at a time entered in 2004 into the European Union, did not abandon the unity of his Quartet. In particular, they took contrary to the will of Brussels ‘ position on the program of reception of refugees and migrants. Now the confrontation has reached the point that the European Commission appealed to the European court in Luxembourg with a lawsuit against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
In autumn 2015, the EU decided to settle on its territory of 160 thousand African refugees, who at that time was in Greece and Italy. There were quotas proportional to the population of each country. Poland was supposed to take seven thousand people, the Czech Republic — 1.6 thousand, Hungary — 1.3 thousand, Slovakia — 900.
The deserted camp of the refugees at the station in Budapest Kaleti
Over the last two years Poland and Hungary have not accepted any refugees, Czech Republic sheltered 12 people, Slovakia — 16. To negotiate with the governments of these States Brussels could not — with the exception of Slovakia, which has agreed to take a limited number of migrants.
As reported by the Western media, the purpose of the trial is to convince the other three States to fulfil their obligations to the community. One of the methods of persuasion can be large fines.
In addition, the EC is initiating a separate lawsuit to Hungary — the reason was adopted in this country, the law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad. In accordance with him, all NGOs receiving in year from foreign funds 24 thousand EUR and more are obliged to pass special registration. They are everywhere to label themselves as “an organization supported by foreign countries” and to fully disclose their funding sources to the state.
Brussels accuses Budapest in breach of EU rules on the free movement of capital, freedom of Association, privacy and personal data protection.