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German Social Democrat Leader: 'I Want to Establish the United States of Europe'

FILE - In this May 25, 2014 file picture Social Democratic party politician Martin Schulz, lifts a thumb during a European election party in Berlin.SPD head Sigmar Gabriel told Der Stern magazine his party would have better chances if someone else stood as its candidate for chancellor. The party said Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017 Gabriel instead proposed Martin Schulz, who recently decided not to seek another term as European Parliament president to return to domestic politics, as the chancellor candidate. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Martin Schulz, the current leader of Germany’s Social Democrat Party (SDP), used to be president of the European parliament. In that role, he became known as one of the EU’s most passionate defenders, who routinely attacked all those who dared criticize his grand European project. He especially clashed often with Nigel Farage, who was UKIP’s leader back then and who became one of the most influential Brexit leaders later on:

That same Schulz pretended for years that he and his fellow Europhiles weren’t planning to create a United States of Europe, which is what the Farages of this world accused them of desiring. Farage was lying! Such hysterics. We just want a “closer” European Union, that’s all!

Well, last Thursday Schulz dropped the mask:

I want a new constitutional treaty to establish the United States of Europe. A Europe that is no threat to its member states, but a beneficial addition.

 

In other words, the European Union has to become Europe’s version of the USA, and every single member state that doesn’t share that grand dream can bugger off.

Obviously, Eurosceptics reacted with anger to Schulz’s tweets. So what did he do? Well, he quickly changed course, telling German news website DW that he doesn’t literally want to create a United States of Europe. Just a closer union, or something. More cooperation, fewer divisions. Basically, what’s already happening, but only a bit more of it.

Nice try, but nobody’s going to fall for it. If that’s what he meant, that’s what he would’ve said on Twitter. No, Schulz and his Europhile friends literally do want to create a United States of Europe. They literally believe that they can remake Europe so profoundly and fundamentally that its peoples stop seeing themselves as “German,” “French,” “Dutch,” and “Italian” and replace their nationalities with an all-encompassing “European” identity.

The sad truth is, of course, that people like Schulz will actually cause major problems — possibly even wars — as they try to force this unification on Europe.