To the Peoples of Europe:
After witnessing the inefficiency of the present EU system of government, you were called upon to approve the new Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe. The majority of the citizens of France and the Netherlands voted “no” to this Constitution. This has led to political stalemate and a period of reflection on the Constitution and on the future of the Union generally.
The importance of this subject cannot be overstated; it has implications for nothing less than the existence of the Union, the safety and welfare of its constituent parts, and the fate of a territory which is in many respects the most interesting in the world.
It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the peoples of this continent, by their conduct and example, to answer the important question of whether societies really are capable of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.
If there is any truth in this assertion, the crisis at which we have arrived may therefore be regarded as the era in which the crucial decision is to be made; and imprudent choice on our part may, under this view, deserve to be considered as to the general misfortune of humankind.
The aim of the Supranationalist papers is to construct a fresh dream of Europe in this moment of stalemate in the EU integration process. The authors of these papers do not have a united opinion about how the Union should look; whether it will become a federal state, a confederation or an economic free trade zone. They do, however, share a common goal - to construct a better Europe that could serve as a model for the whole World.
We propose, in a series of papers, to discuss the following topics of particular interest:
What are the fundamental values that Europe should be based on?
What is the desirable organisation for Europe: a supranational order, confederation, federation or some other form of government?
What are the feasible political and institutional structures for the European Union?
What role is Europe to play in the World arena?
Scott Sulivan, Raphael Paour, Lorenzo Zucca, Euan MacDonald, Neil McDonald and Srdjan Cvijic