German Politician Pushes for “United States of Europe”

A former German chancellor has called for the creation of a United States of Europe to make the continent more equipped to deal with financial and economic problems.

Gerard Schroeder, who served as German chancellor from 1998 to 2005, said that a common currency is not enough to ensure economic stability. “The current crisis makes it relentlessly clear that we cannot have a common currency zone without a common fiscal, economic and social policy,” said Schroeder in an interview with German publication Der Spiegel. “From the European Commission, we should make a government which would be supervised by the European Parliament. And that means the United States of Europe.”

Schroeder’s successor, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has already proposed a fiscal union with France starting next year, but the proposal has not been well received by other countries within the euro zone.

Schroeder also said that Britain holds the key for the successful unification of Europe. “Great Britain causes the greatest problems. (It is) not in the euro but the British nevertheless always want to participate when it comes to designing a European economic area,” he said, according to Reuters. “That doesn’t work.”