On Sept. 16th member states will gather for the first time without British representatives in attendance in Slovakia.
This meeting will be of particular importance as it will be the occasion for the remaining EU members to set the stage for a most needed unified europe that could possibly advocate for Europe to undertake the path toward a federalist model. a more post-Brexit federal type institutional system.
MEETING IN VENTOTENE, ITALY: A PLEDGE FOR A FEDERAL EUROPE.
Ahead of these talks, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met Aug. 22 to discuss the future of the Continental bloc. The choice of Ventotene, an Italian island near Naples was made on purpose, as they gathered on where a group of political prisoners in the early 1940s wrote a manifestocalling for the creation of a European federation.
The selection of this symbolic venue sends a message of unity to the rest of the Continent.
In 1941, a group of Italian political prisoners drafted a secret document proposing a solution for Europe’s perpetual state of war and political violence.
The document, called the “Ventotene Manifesto” after the island on which it was written, argued that only the creation of a federal Europe would bring an end to the massacres that kept erupting across the Continent.
During the next decade, the Ventotene Manifesto and the European Federalist Movement that it inspired gave rise to plans for the European Communities, an idea that seemed promising at the time. Professional politicians and clashing nationalist sentiments had led Europe to death and destruction. By contrast, turning power over to technocrats who could administer the Continent free of the dictates of their own national interests would keep those problems from recurring. In other words, if nationalism was a poison, federalism (or supranationalism) was the antidote. This could still be the case today.
THE FEDERAL DEBATE IN EUROPE GOING REVERSE .
Ironically, Europe’s current political crisis follows the same debate that dominated the 1940s and 1950s, only in reverse:
After six decades of Continental integration, federalism has become the problem, and the nation-state its solution.
This does not necessarily mean adopting nationalist policies and their xenophobic variants — though some parties have gained ground doing just that — but restoring the prerogatives that individual states should not have lost in the first place.
One of the pro-Brexit camp’s main arguments during the referendum campaign was that the British Parliament had ceded too much authority to unelected officials in Brussels.
THE DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING A COMMOUN GROUND.
Actually manifesting this unity, however, will be challenging. After the Brexit, the eurozone’s three largest economies will have a hard time finding commoun ground on how to reactivate the political process in the European Union.