The United States of Europe: Hope & Venture


Joe Hammoura

Winston Churchill once said in 1946: “If Europe was once united in the sharing of its common inheritance, there would be no limit to the happiness, to the prosperity and to the glory that its 400 million people would enjoy”. After 67 years, just a fraction of Churchill’s wishes were realized

Since the end of the World War II, European nations and their citizens, made huge progress into the unification process of Europe, but did not manage to accomplish the “European Dream”: The United States of Europe. The slow pace of unification process is due to the “resistance” of nationalist currents in some of European countries, to the fear of losing the classical state sovereignty, and lack of mechanisms that get the Europeans citizens to be more involved in the unification process rather making it an elite issue

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The proposed United States of Europe won’t have very big chances of success, if the legitimate officials of the unification process won’t involve citizens in the process itself, and try to further highlight on the benefits of the unity, by focusing on the concept of “Unity in diversity”. It is important to note that the successful model of the United States of America is way different from the European model: Europe is a mosaic of several different cultures, with different languages and nationality

The venture of realizing the United States of Europe won’t require, at the end, a single language or a common identity, but the awareness of common political, social and economic interests of Europeans. And the necessity of the European countries to work together apart from competition, in order to quickly finish the phase of according on “people and goods” free border crossing, common security arrangements, and monetary unity… to a political unity that has a single united European constitution, that consolidate Europeans common norms and values

Going forward into realizing the United States of Europe will eventually give hope for Europeans to be more influential on the global international relations scenes, in economic and political level, and to fulfill a better management to their own problems, and to promote United Europe as a model that the world will seek to imitate

The realization of the United States of Europe will ultimately benefit every single European individual, since a united Europe will have to defend the interests of all of its citizens, while the success will be shared between everyone. In the meantime, and in order to move forward in making the dream come true, Europe is in need of a federal structure by making the European Commission a government achieving the political union of Europe

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