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Finance minister: more political powers for EU

The Local · 24 Jun 2012, 11:03

Published: 24 Jun 2012 11:03 GMT+02:00

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"We must transfer more responsibilities to Brussels in major political areas, without national governments being able to block decisions," said Schäuble in an interview with the weekly magazine to be published Monday.

His appeal comes after repeated calls by Chancellor Angela Merkel for "more Europe" rather than less, to fight the bloc's financial crisis.

"Up to now, European member states almost always have the last say," said Schäuble. "This cannot go on."

Der Spiegel said the finance minister - a key figure in Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party - was in favour of turning the EU's executive Commission into a real government, strengthening the European Parliament and electing a European Union president by universal suffrage.

But Schäuble cautioned that Europe "will not be a federal state like the United States or the Federal Republic" of Germany. "It will have its own distinct structure."

Schäuble also warned of the euro single currency disintegrating. In this case "many things that we have achieved and cherish would be called into question - from the common market to free travel across Europe".

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"But a disintegration of Europe would be absurd. The world is moving closer together, and in Europe each country would go it alone again? This cannot be, must not be and will not be," he added.


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13:21 June 24, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
>"Up to now, European member states almost always have the last say," said Schäuble. "This cannot go on."

No, Mr. Schäuble, on the contrary. It is people like you that we can not go on with.

The game he and Angela Merkel have long been in is the carte blanche erosion of democratic political powers of member states. He and his henchmen seek the removal of power from the people in pretty much every area imaginable of member state sovereignty.

And they see the debt crisis as a golden opportunity to go through with these plans and all but abolish the people's political power. This isn't just about debt crisis management, this is about the abolition of democracy itself.

You, Mr. Schäuble, are a true enemy of the state and of the German Constitution, and democracy itself. And you are many times more dangerous than fringe anti-globalization groups which you harrassed and kept close surveillance on as Interior Minister.
15:16 June 24, 2012 by SynJyn Tweer
Had the German voter been able to vote for the Euro in 2002 there would be no Euro. So now even the German voted representative should have nothing to say. Let Schauble and Merkel put it to the German voter and see what support they will get I believe very little.
16:20 June 24, 2012 by Bushdiver
@SynJyn Tweer..........I think you may be surprised by how many Germans would support keeping the Euro today. Back when the Euro was first introduced had the German people been allowed to vote on whether to keep the DM or go with the Euro I think 80% would have voted against the Euro. Over the years though and through constant brainwashing to make people believe that keeping the Euro is the only way Europe can survive financially and avert further wars I think that today most people would support the Euro. Personally, I could care less what they decide on. If they want to continue to throw money at the poorer countries to save the EU and the Euro, fine. Germany is also starting to feel the pressure and results of this uncontrolled waisting of money. Maybe the Germans will welcome Brussels as their new leader. In reality the EU could continue to exist even with each country having their own currency. Shäuble claims that everthing that was accomplished like the Common Market and free travel across Europe would be called into question. I seem to remember that the Common Market was here long before the EU and also travelling to other countires was no big headache. As usual, Shäuble is talking out of his anus.
17:36 June 24, 2012 by Jerr-Berlin
Actually, the EU and the Euro weren't necessarily bad "ideas" in principle...given Europe's two thousand year history of perpetual war (as the US is going though now by the way)...but to transfer so much influence and power to one entity, is doomed to failure...I realize the "nation-state" has been made irrelevant via globalization...which also hasn't worked out very well... cultures, societies are defined by language, social mores etc....which tends to lead to something called national sovereignty....

...frankly, I wish all of the intelligent young Europeans would emmigrate to America...

...we need good minds, good ideas and new blood again...like my European grandparents, when they emmigrated from the Czech Republic and Germany to America just before WW1....

00:00 June 25, 2012 by quiller
Transfer more powers to Brussels? Is that to the same people who gave us thehe Euro and all it's finely tuned control systems? Any one else for the Titanic - Mark 2 or 3 ?
14:40 June 25, 2012 by Buddy Dickerson
The German people should take a look back in history and remember another time ... they should have stopped their government.

Europe has bigger problems than the leaves on the tree with the Euro. In The Plot to Overthrow by a fellow named Mohammad Goldstein he lays out the big picture on the horizon. Obama, senators and every congressman has a hard copy and you can get it for nothing on the net. This American movement will slap the silly out of your politics.

The Greeks are the Titanic the euro will crash … these guys are playing the fiddle and trying to bail out Spain, Ireland, Greece Italy and Portugal is like trying to bail water out of the Titanic with a child's beach bucket.
16:36 July 2, 2012 by luckylongshot
Mr Schauble's job means he has to act in the besst interests of the German people and he should not confuse this with doing what he thinks is best for Europe. Transferring the power he is entrusted with out of his hands and into the hands of Brussels based bureaucrats is a betrayal of the German people. He was not elected to destroy the principles of democracy by giving Germanys power to unelected bureaucrats who presumably serve the interests of the banksters rather than the people of Europe.
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