Former Maoist revolutionary and current European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (shown in photo) declared this week that a federal Europe ruled by the European Union from Brussels would be a “reality within a few years,” sparking furious criticism from Europeans and renewed calls in Britain and other countries to withdraw from the increasingly power-hungry EU. Whether the formerly sovereign member states use the controversial single euro currency or not, Barroso announced, all of the 27 EU governments will be ensnared in the dubious project.
While acknowledging that today the idea of a federal regime ruling over Europe may seem like “political science fiction” to many, the commission chief echoed previous statements claiming that a “federation” was all but inevitable — and coming soon. It was not immediately clear whether Barroso believed the peoples of the bloc would be consulted about the radical change. In the announcement, the former communist said plans for the federalization of the continent would be unveiled by next spring, prior to the 2014 elections for the so-called European Parliament.
The process is already well underway, Barroso suggested, pointing to the emerging eurozone “fiscal union” that he claimed would lead to a "intensified political union" between all of the 27 formerly independent nations. "This is about the economic and monetary union but for the EU as a whole," the EC chief said in a speech, with the U.K. Telegraph reporting that the radical statements had “fanned the flames” in the raging British debate over continued membership in the controversial bloc.
"The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections," Barroso continued. "We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years' time."
According to Barroso and other anti-sovereignty extremists plotting to foist an all-powerful regime on Europe, the eurozone’s adoption of a federalist system in fiscal and economic matters will eventually require complimentary political structures. The “political union,” the argument goes, would ultimately ensnare every member state, regardless of whether or not it uses the euro.
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