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Schengen: hands off the European Parliament!

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Not far from many places where Europeans fought each other less than a century ago, and where lines and lines of white crosses now stand, the Schengen Treaty has abolished border checks.

Thinking of that terrible waste of human lives that was caused by national governments we say: keep those borders free!

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We European citizens strongly protest against the arbitrary and unanimous (all the more deplorable) move of the EU Council to exclude the European Parliament from co-decision on possible suspensions of the Schengen Treaty, thus downgrading it to an observer role and trampling on its prerogatives. In this way the Council attempts to humiliate the institution that represents the European people as a whole, arrogating to itself the power to restrict a right that many Europeans have come to cherish: the right to move freely across borders without having to show their passports, or the right to feel at home in Europe.

In condemning the arrogant and unilateral move of the Council to steer the EU towards intergovernmentalism we also denounce the pressure that was exerted on smaller or “weaker” states in order to reach unanimity – just further evidence that an intergovernmental Europe, far from safeguarding people’s sovereignty, will rather resemble more and more the Europe of Metternich.

We support the European Parliament in its struggle to regain its prerogatives and we join it in demanding a reversal of the Council’s decision.

However we invite MEPs not only to defensive battles against the abuses of the Councils, which by its nature will always tend to recude the powers of Parliament, but to promote a constituent initiative to draft a project of Federal Constitution, as Altiero Spinelli did in 1984, which finally transform the EU into a genuine democracy.

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  • On 27 June 2012 at 18:19, by I want out Replying to: Schengen: hands off the European Parliament!

    The trouble is no one believes in the EP as an effective body or worse respects it. Why should they given its corruption, ludicrous costs, detachment from reality (budget increases demanded regardless of the financial situation) fixed processes (president switching between two parties and rigged years in advance) etc. Couple this with the fact that it ignores and treats with contempt any view contrary to its own (look at their actions on the 16 – 18th June 2008 when the will of the Irish and incidentally the French and Dutch given that the Lisbon Treaty was essentially the Constitution repackaged was ignored) and is it any wonder. Let us all fervently hope that the suspension of Schengen is just the first step in the peaceful disassembly of the entire political project and a return to a simple trading body. You will doubtless vehemently disagree. Well then, put the entire EU project to the vote, go on, you believe you will win don’t you or do you know deep down that in fact you are facing in the wrong direction. I challenge you, start campaigning for a vote for the whole of Europe on the future direction of Europe rather than simply supporting the unrepresentative elites.

  • On 13 July 2012 at 12:01, by Valéry Replying to: Schengen: hands off the European Parliament!

    “The trouble is no one believes in the EP as an effective body or worse respects it.”

    I do. Plenty of people do. You should get out more.

  • On 16 July 2012 at 19:22, by Florent Replying to: Schengen: hands off the European Parliament!

    “I challenge you, start campaigning for a vote for the whole of Europe on the future direction of Europe rather than simply supporting the unrepresentative elites.”

    It happens every 5 years during the European Parliament elections and as far as I read the results, I don’t have the impression that 50% of the European citizens vote for political parties willing to “disasemble” the EU.

  • On 18 July 2012 at 13:09, by Florent Replying to: Schengen: hands off the European Parliament!

    First, it is not to UK citizens to decide for all europeans, therefore we should consider European opinion. In this case the results of the european elections are more than supporting political parties in favour of the EU.

    Second, not voting for the European Parliament elections doesn’t mean you are in favour of leaving the European Union. A lack of popular interest in elections only mean that the political parties are not sufficiently representative.

    Third point, I agree with you that the number of electors per representative should be equal.

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