Schulz’s ‘United States of Europe’ is an insane pipe dream that will never happen
To many of its citizens, the European Union has already lost its appeal. The 28-member bloc is plagued by disunity and indecision. Since its inception, the EU has stumbled from one impasse to another, suffering from a severe case of bureaucratic bloat.
Now, imagine taking the current mess and trying to make a single, united country out of it. I haven’t taken a poll, but I imagine this kind of scheme would rightly strike most people as hair-brained and ridiculous; a totally unfeasible and unrealistic goal.
But not the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic party. Martin Schulz envisions the creation of a “United States of Europe” by 2025. In a speech to the SPD’s party conference in Berlin, Schulz announced that he would like EU member states to sign a “constitutional treaty” as a step toward federalizing Europe.
“Such a constitutional treaty has to be written by a convention that includes civil society and the people. This constitutional treaty will then have to be put to the member states and those that don’t approve it will automatically have to leave the EU,” Schulz said.
That’s right. If any EU member state fails to approve such a treaty, they’re kicked out. On your bike, pal.
There are already plenty of political movements scattered across the continent which are opposed to EU membership as it is. So, one can easily imagine that it would be a very small EU that remained at the end if Schulz’s pipe dream ever came to fruition. Not to mention, if the idea itself wasn’t already totally unviable and idealistic, the timeframe suggested by Schulz is even more ridiculous. But let’s just imagine for a second what a USE would look like.