The delusion at the heart of the Federasts' entire European agenda is glibly parroted by Stefan Kornelius writing for Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung;
But who decides for Europe? Its incomplete institutions? If these functioned more effectively, they would benefit from greater confidence. The fact that critical questions – the issue of democratic legitimacy, the level of supervision and control – have yet to be settled is proof of the continent’s political immaturity. At the same time, national institutions are also too weak to take on the entire weight of Europe. Nation states with their limited interests cannot be expected to represent an entity which, in terms of trade, has long been subject to forces of globalisation: only unity will enable the continent to gain the respect that it merits as a world power.
And there we have all the familiar old chestnuts in one basket. More power needed for European institutions; Europe is a single economic entity, Europe is a World Power. What nonsense. What risible tosh. That sensible people can persuade themselves to give credence to this guff, this flatus defies belief.
Firstly, Europe is not and will never be an 'economic entity'. the divergence between European nations is greater than that of any grouping you can imagine; even if you take a random grouping of every country in the world beginning in 'M' their group economic divergence is less than that of Europe. (H/T Greg)
And as for wearing jackboots big enough to make weaker nations 'respect' you, and dreams of being a World Power ('Weltmacht' in German), it seems we've heard this sort of thing from Munich before. As Klemperer noted, 'Prefix Welt- ("world", as in Weltanschauung, "intuition/view of the world"): this was quite a rare, specific and cultured term before the Third Reich, but became an everyday word. It came to designate the instinctive understanding of complex geo-political problems by the Nazis, which allowed them to openly begin invasions, twist facts or violate human rights, in the name of a higher ideal and in accordance to their theory of the world.'