Yes, your way is very clear, very clear indeed

That is why our plan to reinvent Europe is clear:

Instead of engaging with such threats as the “mass cleansing” spoken of by Matteo Salvini in Italy, “getting rid of Islam” by the AfD in Germany, or “ending Europe” by Marine Le Pen, we proudly proclaim the founding values of peace, freedom, prosperity and solidarity.

Instead of supporting calls to muzzle the justice system and political opposition, we demand strict respect for the rule of law and for democratic institutions.

Rather than accepting a divided and weakened continent at the mercy of the world’s other great powers, we are calling for a sovereign Europe capable of acting forcefully in areas where individual member states are powerless, in economic and monetary policy, security and defence, environment and agriculture, social policy, immigration and integration and digital change.

That is also why our method is clear: in our determination to reinvent Europe, nothing is ruled out. We are ready to reform the EU treaties if necessary. We are determined to move forward in spite of the obstacles, recognising that each country must move forward at its own pace. We want a stronger Europe and we will stay open to those who want to join us along the way.

We are determined to go beyond existing partisan structures if they act as obstacles. We are committed to reinventing Europe together with men and women who lead their countries, from the north and the south, the west and the east, who are passionate about Europe, and determined to invest in this historic project while others are content to recite incantations or play walk-on parts.

We now have eight months to convince the citizens of our own countries that Europe deserves this new project and that the citizens deserve this new Europe. Time is running out: we have eight months to get Europe to wake up.

• Christophe Castaner is president of La République En Marche!; Olivier Chastel is president of Mouvement Réformateur, Belgium; Dacian Cioloş is a former prime minister of Romania; Joseph Muscat is prime minister of Malta; Alexander Pechtold is leader of the Democrats 66 party, Netherlands; Matteo Renzi is a former prime minister of Italy; Albert Rivera is leader of Ciudadanos, Spain; Guy Verhofstadt is president of the ALDE Group in the European parliament and a former prime minister of Belgium

Anyone care to tell us what it is they’re actually going to do?

Myself, being free of such pompous gits is a great reason for Brexit in itself.

30 thoughts on “Yes, your way is very clear, very clear indeed”

  1. It looks very odd:

    economic and monetary policy, – given that they will not give up the Euro, this suggests imposing a federal level tax system which would hardly be good news for anyone other than Germany

    security and defence, – and what happens to NATO? Admittedly, NATO’s purpose and design have been drastically altered from the original design in the last 20 years but you either have NATO or an EU defence pact, not both

    environment and agriculture, – even more top-level control and inefficiency than already exists in the CAP?

    social policy, – why? To stop benefits tourism?

    immigration and integration – why?

    and digital change – the authors of this probably think that digital means stuff about fingers and toes. Meaningless twaddle. Let’s just try to imagine Silicon Valley in the EU

  2. The rhetoric reminds me of Blair or Obama. Seems momentous but actually totally void of content. Except for the coded fascism, of course.

  3. Instead of supporting calls to muzzle the justice system and political opposition, we demand strict respect for the rule of law and for democratic institutions.

    They’ll demand strict respect for the rule of EU power. The EU democratic institution (singular) is toothless and useless so they’ll be happy to respect that. I’m not completely convinced about the not muzzling political opposition bit.

    But anyway, classic Federalist stuff – conceal the centralisation of authority and abolishing of nations behind lofty and meaningless rhetoric. The Project part II.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    As I was reading that I had an image of a hipster stood outside the Berlaymont building throwing his fist in the air, Woolfie Smith style, and shouting “Power to the elite!”

  5. Blowhard Euroshite.

    All they will do is carry regardless with tyranny as their goal.

    Julia calls it right.

    This is why wee don’t just need to leave–we need to declare a war aim of the destruction of the EU.

    Cold war to begin with but that is up to them.

  6. If the UK does leave the EU, and I don’t think it’s a done deal at the moment, it removes a large brake on the march towards further integration. They no longer have to hide it for fear of frightening the horses in the UK. I think this is just the first stage in that process.

    Perhaps they see themselves as the return of the Holy Roman Empire, though given the birth rates it might be the return of the caliphate.

    Either way we’re better off out of it.

  7. We are determined to go beyond existing partisan structures if they act as obstacles.

    Picking up on m’Lud’s point, ‘go beyond’ here means ‘ignore’ or ‘suppress’ so the vision relies on coercion.

    These people are not nearly as nice as they seem and they seem pretty nasty at that..

  8. It means:
    They are going to impose a dictatorship running Europe in line with the currently fashionable PC theories.
    “Strict respect for the rule of law” means that they will pass laws as and when they want them and then demand strict obedience from everyone outside the nomenklatura

  9. “We are calling for a sovereign Europe capable of acting forcefully in areas where individual member states are powerless, in economic and monetary policy”

    Acting as if it wasn’t the EU itself that made its member states powerless in monetary policy…

  10. “where individual member states are powerless…”

    And *that’s* why I and 17 million other voted Leave. Not even the American union was based on making individual states powerless. Geez, not even the *Soviet* *Union* was based on making individual states powerless.

  11. “Respect for democracy” – except for Polish and Hungarian democracy – which is obviously the “wrong kind” of democracy.
    “Sovereign Europe” as in Possessing supreme or ultimate power.

  12. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I have said on here before that the only thing that Treezer May should be negiotiating is whether the executions will happen in the Grand Place or in front of the Atomium.

    But either way that twat Verhofstadt is going to be first up.

  13. As someone almost said, nothing is as weak as an idea whose time has gone.
    If this claptrap is what passes for vision on the mainland, the EU is doomed.
    Not this year, not next year, but eventually for sure.

  14. ‘who are passionate about Europe’

    I remember when Europe was a geographic feature, termed a continent. Hard to get passionate about a geographic feature.

    One that includes western Russia.

    If they intend ‘Europe’ as an amalgam of states, the constituent states are somewhat fluid – states are added, states leave (allegedly). I don’t see how you get passionate about a changing entity.

    Perhaps ‘Europe’ is a collection of rules and regulations. One can be passionate over rules and regulations?

    Leaving Europe undefined

    I think this demand for power is word salad, devoid of meaning. It is Obama Speak. There are people swayed by such grandiose proclamations.

    ‘We now have eight months to convince the citizens of our own countries that Europe’

    Where have I heard this before? Oh, yeah, we have 3 years to save the planet from climate change. You must surrender now. Resistance is futile.

    ‘In 1918, Europe emerged devastated from a bloody war that left its divisions unhealed.’

    Its ‘divisions’ cannot be ‘healed.’ Vast differences in cultures are not to be ‘healed.’ Is everyone to become German? French?

  15. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    “Its ‘divisions’ cannot be ‘healed.’ Vast differences in cultures are not to be ‘healed.’ Is everyone to become German? French? ”

    Hur hur, Gamecock, I can think of a couple of rather short gentlemen that have tried to achieve both these.

    And besides 1918 created a whole new set of divisions in Europe …

  16. …which reminds me of the lovely story of the late Otto v. Habsburg who was asked one day by his chauffeur as they were driving to parliament whether he was going to watch the Austria/Hungary football match that evening. “Oh, said OvH, who are we playing?”

  17. All very interesting/depressing to a detached observer like me.

    But why is it appearing in a UK newspaper under the “opinion” category – what does the future EU have to do with the UK? One way or the other, we’re (almost certainly) leaving the fvcking EU.

  18. Once you set about cancelling out all the rhetoric nothing is left.
    I think we can call that ‘piss and wind’.

  19. Why the 8 month deadline? What’s happening next June that would put the kibosh on their grand follacious plans?

  20. Rather than accepting a divided and weakened continent at the mercy of the world’s other great powers

    NATO solves that problem. Next!

  21. Anyone care to tell us what it is they’re actually going to do?

    Sorry, can’t help there. But I guarantee it will involve many dinners in 3* restaurants with copious quantities of Margaux to help them decide.

  22. @ TMB
    That was because the person (a journalist, not his chauffer who would know better) said “Austro-Hungary” instead of Austria-Hungary. Otto was having a gentle joke which journalists do not explain because they like to propagate the myth that journalists are intelligent.

  23. “These people are not nearly as nice as they seem and they seem pretty nasty at that…”

    With its democratic deficit, its protectionism, its crazed centralisation and its imperial intentions, the Fourth Reich is a very nasty organisation.

  24. we proudly proclaim the founding values of peace, freedom, prosperity and solidarity.

    Instead of supporting calls to muzzle the justice system and political opposition, we demand strict respect for the rule of law by Christians and for democratic institutions.

    Assorted EU cnuts, FTFY

  25. “.. we proudly proclaim the founding values of peace, freedom, prosperity and solidarity.”

    While concurrently importing tens of millions of hostile foreigners to use as shock troops against actual Europeans.

  26. Jonathan, I am perpetually confounded by the Left: Do they believe that they will be able to control the invaders after they have performed their deadly deeds; or do they actually want a Caliphate, as unitary rule is worth it them, regardless of who is in charge?

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