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Eurozone countries should form United States of Europe, says EC vice-president

Posted by seumasach on February 18, 2014

Although the need for Eurozone, as opposed to EU, integration has been evident for some time, this is perhaps the first high-level statement to that effect. The Eurozone is now the core of the Europe and the rest are distinctly the periphery. Britain clearly will remain on the periphery for the  immediate future, a fact which will facilitate a “Yes” vote in any referendum although the problem of a viable UK currency will remain unresolved as will be true even of countries outside the EU such as Iceland. This statement should serve as a dampener for the more fanciful notions of the Ukrainian “opposition” regarding European integration: Europe must now focus on building its core rather than serving as a cover for NATO expansion aimed against Russia.

Guardian

17th February, 2014

A celebrated call by Winston Churchill for the creation of a “United States of Europe” was revived on Monday by a leading member of theEuropean commission who said the 18 eurozone countries should form a full fiscal and political union.

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