Saturday 24 February 2018

Alan Wheatley: A vision of a United States of Europe in 2025 ... but will it ever come to pass?

French President Francois Hollande with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
French President Francois Hollande with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

IT’S 2025 and Angela Merkel, Europe's first democratically elected president, is reviewing a crowded agenda for the new session of the increasingly powerful European Parliament.

The head of the European Monetary Fund is recommending a big increase in the by now well-established financial transactions and carbon taxes to fund emergency transfers from Brussels to the European Union's new Balkan members.

Merkel must also overcome lingering opposition to her proposal to re-admit Greece to the euro, 12 years after Athens pulled out of the single currency because of popular unrest over the austerity measures she had championed as German chancellor.

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