Sally McNamara. “The EU Reform Treaty: A Threat to the Transatlantic Alliance”. Heritage Foundation. February 20, 2008 – A Blueprint for a European Superstate
Like the rejected constitution, the new Reform Treaty is also a blueprint for a European superstate dreamt up by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. This time around, however, most of Europe doesn’t get to vote, as democracy is too dangerous a concept for the architects of this grand vision of an EU superpower.
Originally envisioned as a single market within Europe, the EU (formerly European Economic Community) is morphing into a gigantic political entity with ambitions of becoming the world’s first supranational superstate. Already, major strides have been made in the development of a unified European foreign and security policy as well as a supranational legal structure. With the introduction of the euro in 1999, the European single currency and European Central Bank became a reality.
Drafted in 2004, the European Constitution was a huge step forward in the evolution of what is commonly known as the “European Project,” or the drive toward “ever closer union.” With its 448 articles, the constitution was a vast vanity project, conceived in Paris, Berlin, and Brussels, that dramatically crashed to Earth three years ago. Since then, European Union apparatchiks have worked feverishly to resurrect the constitution, coming up with a cosmetic makeover that would make a plastic surgeon proud.
The new treaty contains all the main elements of the constitution, repackaged in flowery language. According to the European Scrutiny Committee, a British parliamentary body, only two of the treaty’s 440 provisions were not contained in the original constitution.
The Reform Treaty paves the way for the creation of a European Union foreign minister (high representative) at the head of an EU foreign service (with its own diplomatic corps) as well as a long-term EU president; both positions are trappings of a fledgling superstate. As European Parliament member Daniel Hannan has pointed out, the treaty will further erode the legal sovereignty of European nation-states, entrenching a pan-European magistracy (“Eurojust”), a European Public Prosecutor, a federal EU police force (“Europol”), and an EU criminal code (“corpus juris”). In addition, countries such as Britain will sacrifice their veto right over EU decision-making in 40 policy areas.