Two Members of the European Parliament, Dr. Gunnar Beck, (Alternative für Deutschland) and Cristian Terhes (Romanian Partidul Național Țărănesc Creștin Democrat), are expressing grave concerns about an emerging European super-state. The proposals to grow the EU at the expense of nation-state sovereignty are embedded in an initiative called Conference on the Future of Europe.
According to Dr. Beck, Breitbart London reports,
many of the conference’s proposals on the likes of taxation, defence, and migration represent a serious threat to the sovereignty of the EU’s individual member-states, with potentially devastating consequences if even only some of the suggested measures come into force.
The German MEPs also questioned the democratic legitimacy of the Conference initiative itself, having previously referred to it as a “democratic farce.”
According to Breitbart, Cristian Terhes, MEP from Romania, referred to the Conference for the Future of Europe as “a political sausage maker hoping to turn the European Union into a new Soviet Union.” Mr. Terhes’s parliamentary group, European Conservatives and Reformists, left the Conference over what the group identified as highly problematic bias in selecting Conference participants.
Among the bias problems, the group explained, was a lack of expertise on the limitations of EU powers as enshrined in the Union’s constitution.
In the Breitbart interview, Mr. Terhes sees the Conference on the Future of Europe as “a pretext to circumvent the EU treaties” to accumulate more power in the hands of Brussels bureaucrats. The Conference has also been characterized as a “roadmap for unhealthy government growth.”
Sven R. Larson is a political economist and author. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Roskilde University, Denmark. Originally from Sweden, he lives in America where for the past 16 years he has worked in politics and public policy. He has written several books, including Democracy or Socialism: The Fateful Question for America in 2024.