German Government Source: No ‘More Europe’ and Juncker Out
July 4, 2016 (EIRNS)—The European Union is in disarray over Brexit as it continues on the track to destruction. Even within the same national government, different policies seem to be being pushed.
On the one hand, a German government minister said that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will be ousted. The source is quoted by the Sunday Times and is covered by many media. "Angela Merkel could move to oust Europe’s federalist chief Jean-Claude Juncker ’within the next year,’ a German government minister has said, in a sign of deepening European divisions over how to respond to Britain’s Brexit vote."
France, Belgium, and Italy want "more Europe" in response to Brexit, but Germany "is quietly forming an alliance with Poland and other eastern and Baltic states" to put on the brakes.
"Since the June 23 vote, both the Czech and Polish foreign ministers have called publicly for Mr. Juncker to resign—moves that one senior EU official dismissed last week as ’predictable.’ However, the rumblings from Berlin now represent a much more serious threat to Mr. Juncker’s tenure."
"Everyone is determined that this negotiation is handled in the European Council—i.e., between the 27 heads of government—and not by the Commission, the Eurocrats, and the EU ’theologians’ in Brussels,"
a senior U.K. source told the Telegraph.
On the other hand, Juncker himself, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the foreign ministers of France and Germany, and other senior politicians are said to be pushing for even "more Europe." Defense, interior security, and border controls are at the center of proposals, for instance, in a joint memo by the foreign ministers of France and Germany, but also by Schäuble. More coordination and standardization in military matters—although staying short of a real "EU Army"—are being called for.
And, no less threatening and insane, is a widely covered proposal by European Parliament President Schulz to replace the powers of national parliaments by an EU Parliament, to become bicameral with an EU Senate; and an EU government which would also replace vital functions of today’s EU Commission. The EU Parliament would then also elect an EU government. Juncker is already having a test run for that, trying to push through the trans-Atlantic free trade agreements without consulting the national parliaments, but instead consulting the Euro Parliament.
An EU government would include an EU finance minister, naturally, working with an EU banking union and the ECB, and potentially also an all-EU finance center, taking over vital functions that London had heretofore had relevant to the continent. These are plans for continental Europe, but there are many supporters for some kind of special arrangements with the U.K., to keep the Brits in even after a Brexit.