Contra Mundum Essay Collection: Thomas Schirrmacher

The United States of Europe vs. The People

by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher

Antithesis 1991

From the beginning of 1993 there will be no longer any controls at the borders of the member countries of the European community, a further step on the way to what might be called The United States of Europe. The treaty of Maastricht contains the next steps: one currency and one central bank for Europe and for the first time parts of a common executive power. Nobody really seemed to be against such a process.

Suddenly the European governments are shocked because elections show that their people do not like the concept of a United States of Europe as much as their politicians. Only a tiny minority of the people in all member countries favour the treaty of Maastricht.

In Denmark the people voted against the treaty of Maastricht by majority vote. According to the treaty itself the treaty can only become binding law if all member countries vote for it. So now the treaty has been declined! But the politicians are unimpressed. They want Denmark to repeat the election. They do not take seriously their own words!

In Ireland and France a tiny majority favoured the treaty of Maastricht in elections. But what is most important is the fact that there are countries in France in which nearly half of the voters are against Maastricht although all parties, the government, the parliament and every major political and economic institution favour Maastricht! All those who do not want one gigantic political Europe do not seem to be represented in any party, labour union or democratic institution! This is even the case in Germany, but in Germany the parliament can vote on such a treaty without having a referendum and the parliament voted with 100% of its members.

The same is true in those countries which prepare for entering the European community by becoming members of the economic treaties of this community only. In Switzerland a majority of the people voted against becoming a member of the European economic market (EWR), although the Swiss government had asked for membership and signed all treaties already.

The government pay lip service to democracy but they have decided on the future of Europe already and if the people do not follow them they move on unimpressed.

A Catholic Lepanto-Institute in Italy wrote:

"The treaty signed in Maastricht on the 11. December 1991 is the greatest threat for the European national stated and consequently for the European culture since the time after the war ... The history of this treaty is to be found in those utopistic and socialistic thoughts, which in modern times want to set against a Christian culture the myth of a worldwide state of equality without confession and therefore in result an atheistic and pantheistic state."[1]

Copyright © 1991 Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher


[1] Maastricht: Ein Vertrag gegen Europa. Lepanto-Bote Suppl. 122/123 11(1992) No. 2. p. 2

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