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European policy : schäuble's EU reform proposal is short-sighted

of all things, Wolfgang Schäuble! The politicians, who forced a fine save as the Federal Minister of Finance, dark any alleged or actual attack from Brussels, decided on the solid German state finances. Ironically, this Wolfgang Schäuble now wants to loop the principle of Unanimity for EU decisions and the risk that the German positions can be overruled.

"the principle of Unanimity means that the Slowest anything can block," he said now in a Interview of the rbb-info radio, and instead calls in the future, a System of majority decisions, "qualified majority decisions", he added.

Now is - and this knowledge would deny Wolfgang Schäuble, hardly – no one is invulnerable, to be smarter. And with the Change from the Federal Minister of Finance, to the President of the German Bundestag, only a higher Seating position in the plenary session is not connected, but perhaps also the willingness and the desire, to think in larger contexts. Because the once again at the Munich security conference, defendant decision-making on Europe's weakness is a result of coercion, to achieve in many of the decisions require unanimity. This is especially true in the field of Foreign, security and defence policy, and this concerns not only the EU but also Nato.

Here are the Germans, very often, the blockers, because the Parliamentary approval will not result in all applications of the German armed forces, German soldiers are participating in joint actions, or suddenly from an Association need to be deducted. Greece, in turn, the inclusion of Macedonia into the EU and Nato, blocked for years due to a dispute over the name of the country.

There are especially those very fundamental decisions require unanimity. Not only the admission of a new member country, but also the taxation rules and the EU finances. Here, the principle of unanimity and would not likely contribute to a better acceptance of the European Union. Just on Monday of the Commission and the Parliament presented new data on the Reputation of the European Union in the population in Germany is very high, and positive values, but throughout the whole of the EU, the idea that the further construction of Europe, in a moderate Tempo should be done. Departure from the unanimity would very likely lead to the opposite.

Germany has a fear of majority voting

schäuble's call for the departure from the principle of unanimity in particularly exposed areas of politics is also the fact that Germany has already, vote now afraid of the Majority that there are, according to the Treaty of Lisbon of long ago often. In accordance with the requirements of the Lisbon Treaty, decisions in many areas today, when 65 percent of the EU's population and 55 percent of member States are in favour. German Finance politicians grieve that the more market-oriented German to the Brexit with the British, a similar Partner think is lost.

As one's own shirt is known to be closer than the Rock that overlooked the German, however, is that small countries have much more in front of a suspected future German domination of fear. Because if the UK leaves, as a populous country, the Federal Republic of Germany with its 80 million inhabitants, more weight.

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President of the Bundestag, Schäuble calls for EU Reform

so You have to doubt that Schäuble pushes with his proposal in Europe to great positive response. On the contrary, especially in the small States of the EU will be against it – and at the end we discuss probably again be the Europe of two speeds, that Schäuble and his party colleague Karl Lamers brought already 25 years ago into the conversation. To put it would probably be wiser to force as well as those of their happiness, the feeling of what happens, then, as a rather unhappy and out of Europe will turn away.

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