The German Plan for European Unification
German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday in a televised speech about the future of the European Union:
“If the euro fails, not only the currency fails. Europe fails too and the idea of European unification. We have a common currency but no common political and economic union. And this is exactly what we must change — therein lies the opportunity of this crisis.”
Whoa! Parse that and it becomes arguable that the leader of the most powerful country in Europe has admitted that the idea of unification, the creation of an equivalent to the United States of America, is a long-term project upon which the EU is embarked. It may be expressed rarely in such bald terms for fear it would spook the citizens of individual states too greatly but it constitutes the objective.
Can the goal be made any clearer?