Magazine article The New American

Merger Mania; European Union Member Nations Are Close to Voting on a Newly Created Constitution. Europeans Are Awakening to the Serious Reality of Losing Their Independence

Magazine article The New American

Merger Mania; European Union Member Nations Are Close to Voting on a Newly Created Constitution. Europeans Are Awakening to the Serious Reality of Losing Their Independence

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If the leaders of European nations decide that their countries should commit suicide, and their peoples allow them to do so, shame on them. The road toward this destination has actually been traveled for more than 50 years--from the 1952 formation of the European Coal and Steel Community (six nations), to the 1958 Common Market (six nations), to the 1986 expansion of the European Economic Community (12 nations), to the 1992 European Community (15 nations), to the current European Union (25 nations).

Sold over several decades to the European people as a beneficial trade agreement, the EU's progress toward gaining ultimate domination included publication of the EU Draft Constitution in 2003. Among its 465 articles in 250 pages, Article I stated: "... this Constitution establishes the European Union [that] shall have primacy over member states."

Nations willing to accept that bold assertion have indeed indicated a willingness to commit suicide. Once the proposed constitution was published, already simmering concern among Euroskeptics (those who oppose surrendering national independence to the EU) grew dramatically.

When he served as president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel spoke for these largely-ignored patriots of affected lands when he stated, "This is crossing the Rubicon, after which there will be no more sovereign states in Europe ... only one state will remain." He added, "Basic things will be decided by a remote federal government in Brussels.... We are against a European superstate."

What Havel didn't say, but what can be detected by anyone studying the Draft Constitution, is that the promoters of the European Union intend not only to have the EU supersede the governments of all member states, but to make it conform to "the principles of the United Nations Charter." The Constitution's deference to the UN is not surprising, considering that the supranational government now emerging under the EU is intended as a stepping stone to world government under the United Nations.

Even without a fully approved Constitution, the EU already has an executive branch (EU Commission), legislative branch (Council of Ministers and EU Parliament), and a judicial branch (the EU Court of Justice). It has an EU flag, anthem, motto, passport, auto license plates, Olympics, youth orchestra, and annual EU Day.

This emerging EU domination has spurred the rise of new political forces in several of the countries being merged. In England, for example, the new United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has rapidly gained impressive support among Britain's heretofore sleeping voters.

In a burst of candor rarely seen in political circles, the UKIP bluntly published its demand that Britain quit the EU. In a March 2004 letter to the John Birch Society, UKIP Deputy Leader Mike Nattrass summarized his group's reasoning: "The EU was sold to the British people as a 'trading agreement' and has turned into a 'Political Union' which is changing our basic laws and traditions."

Then in the June 2004 elections, UKIP candidates won 10 additional seats in the EU Parliament to add to the two they already held. Popular television personality Robert Kilroy-Silk, a newly elected UKIP star, told reporters what he intended to do when taking his place in the European Parliament: "Wreck it--expose it for the waste, the corruption and the way it's eroding our independence and our sovereignty." But 12 seats among the many hundreds who make up the EU Parliament is hardly a commanding force.

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

The surge of British opposition to EU domination has forced Prime Minister Tony Blair, a committed EU supporter, to reverse course and agree to allow a referendum to decide whether his country deepens its plunge into the EU. The EU backing British Broadcasting Corporation has reluctantly reported that governing parties throughout Europe, all of whose leaders are supporters of the EU, "are suffering big losses. …

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