Martin Schulz

Suddenly “United States of Europe” seems not so utopian

by Aris Telonis

Martin Schulz’s political maneuvers in the last couple of months have been successful. From a record-low performance, he is gaining momentum across progressives throughout Europe. In his speech, he outlined his vision for a united Europe. Very interestingly, his time frame looked familiar: 2025.
We are not sure whether Schulz has read our proposals on the European New Deal or heard our calls for action. But it is a positive surprise for us to hear that the second strongest political party in Germany is in line with our vision. However, as Yanis Varoufakis has recently highlighted, “Schulz’s sudden burst of Europeanism is intended as a tactical move to bring the SPD into another arid coalition with Angela Merkel – whose first move will be to kill off all aspirations to European federalism.”
So let us be precise: not just any old United States of Europe will work. The foundations should be firm and progressive: people-centric and not establishment-centric. Alongside our own campaign for transparency, voices calling for much-needed reforms in the European Parliament and for a vital rebuild of the Eurogroup must be given a hearing. The most crucial factor of all is our movement’s name: Democracy. We believe our proposed policies could secure this at last and would like to see them implemented. Join us, talk with us and let’s take action together!
 
Aris is a member and volunteer of the DiEM25 movement.
 

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