Three Say No, Two Say Yes — What Herb Thinks

Talk about something pregnant with meaning! The more I read this report from the German DW-World.DE, the more I read this report from DW-World.DE. Read about it here.

Let’s see, the three Benelux horns say no to the strange EU beast. Read about The Strange EU Beast here. The two Franco-German horns say yes. Question: What will the beast’s other five horns say?

At the top of the report it says that France and Germany have decided to “build a bridge for a joint political future.” What does this mean? Well, near the bottom of the report it explains that France and Germany actually want to merge their governments’ foreign policy, defense and taxation and budget policy.

In between these two extraordinary revelations, the report says the Franco-German proposal for a dual EU presidency is being hotly debated by the other EU heads. As you may recall, the Franco-German solution to the battle for control between the Council and the Commission is to have it both ways — a new, super president for both feuding agencies.

Problem: The three Benelux nations — Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands — don’t want any part of this grand Franco-German compromise. So, the report says these nations issued a joint declaration stating they would refuse to support a new, super president in the Council. Why? Because these three nations only want one super president in the Commission.

If this wasn’t enough information for us to digest, we’ve got to add something more to this confusing brew. Not only do France and Germany want to merge their governments into a “joint political future,” the report says they wanted to invite other like-minded nations to join them.

Suddenly, the pot is beginning to smell to me. I think something’s up here. Who are these other “like-minded” nations they’re wanting to join in with them? Let’s see, they’d have to be nations that would be willing to share a like-kind foreign policy, defense and taxation and budget policy.

Now, France and Germany already share a common foreign policy identity as members of the EU’s new, 10-nation military alliance. The other eight nations in this 10-nation alliance are Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece.

Now, pull out by the roots the EU beast’s three problem military alliance nations — Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands — and that leaves the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece. So, could these be the five like-minded nations who France and Germany are now inviting to join them in their so-called “joint political future?”

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Stay tuned!

— Herb Peters
1/22/03