September 13, 2012
Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered yesterday (12 September) a remarkable State of the Union speech, in which he pleaded for launching a wide-ranging public debate for a major transformation of the European Union into a “federation of nation states”.
He made it clear that his vision for a federation of member states was by no means a superstate, similar to the USA. He called it a “democratic federation of nation states that can tackle our common problems, through the sharing of sovereignty in a way that each country and each citizen are better equipped to control their own destiny”.
But what Barroso didn’t say is if the Union becomes a federation, should it change its name? Will it be the United Nations of Europe? Or the European Federation? Or something else?
I asked the question today at the Commission midday briefing. Spokeperson Olivier Bailly smiled and called it “interesting”.
What do you think?