March 16, 2013

Germans Demand Radical Change in the EU

March 16, 2013  •  From
One of Germany’s main parties calls for Europe to transform into a superstate, while a new party goes to the other extreme, calling for Germany to quit the euro.

The European Commission should expand its powers to become a fully-fledge European government says Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) in a draft of their manifestoGerman news media reported, March 9.
The EU proposal reportedly described looks a lot like a federal superstate. The European Commission would become a cabinet of ministers, with real powers, elected by the European Parliament. A second chamber would be added to the parliament, where national governments would be represented.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has outlined similar ideas. If the SDP are putting this in their manifesto, it shows that all Germany’s two biggest parties are serious about Europe becoming a superstate.
The SDP also called for the creation of a common European debt fund—which would mean giving up more sovereignty to the EU.
The SDP could do well in the upcoming elections. Current polls show current Chancellor Angela Merkel and her allies receiving 45 percent of the vote, and theSPD and its ally receiving 43 percent—so it is too close to call. To make matters more unpredictable, Angela Merkel’s traditional coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP) are polling at around five percent. To be represented in Germany’s parliament, a party must receive a minimum of five percent of the vote. Less than this, and they receive no seats. The FDP’s popularity just needs to sink by a fraction of a percent, and Merkel would be completely deprived of a key ally.

And then, to complicate matters further, there’s a new part on the scene. Called “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) they want the opposite of the SDP. They wantGermany out of the euro.
“The introduction of the euro has proved to be a fatal mistake, that threatens the welfare of us all,” state their website. “The old parties are used up. They stubbornly refuse to admit their mistakes.” They want Germany return to the Deutch-Mark, or form a new currency with the northern countries—Austria, the Netherlands, Finland and perhaps some others.
Germany has been bailing out Europe and in return been gaining more over Europe. This is great, if you’re a leader in Germany or strategic planner. But the average German voter doesn’t doesn’t see the benefit. The vast majority are opposed to bailing out Cyprus. If a eurosceptic party becomes a going concern in Germany, eurozone nations will have to give up even more to persuade Germany to bail them out.
How will the new AfD party impact Europe’s politics? Open Europe, a usually reliable think tank is convinced that there’s no way they’ll come close to receiving the five percent of the vote necessary to enter Germany’s parliament. Their analysis is hard to dismiss. But in a year when Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement came from nowhere to become Italy’s most popular political party, anything seems possible. The new party will certainly apply pressure on Angela Merkel, as she struggles to deal with unpopular bailouts.
One thing is clear though—Germans aren’t happy with Europe the way it is now. The big parties want to change it into a superstate. The upstarts want to overthrow it entirely. Either way, Germans want to radically change Europe.