you were one until now, out of a total of 183 deputies in the Austrian Parliament. Now you run for Parliament with 705 members. They believe that their voice will be heard?
It could even be more If the Brexit is postponed, 751 members of the EU Parliament . But, the strength of a people's representation does not depend on the number of members.
Then you are one of 751, come from a small country and a small party.
The EU Parliament works differently than many national parliaments. Since democracy is lived. You can help shape, as Rapporteur, regardless of origin and political group, European politics.
viewed From the outside it looks rather as if certain Council and Commission, the EU-policy.
That is not true, the Parliament amends proposals from the Commission often and significantly. Unfortunately, this is perceived to be rare. The deputies would have to explain so much more of their work in their constituencies. Information about the work of the EU-Parliament shall not stay the obligation to collect the citizens.
The deputies are elected nationally.
This is for sure a design fault of the EU. We want to be a part of the Parliament is elected on transnational lists. This would be important so that the work of the Parliament will be better perceived and a European Public sphere.
Nevertheless, the question remains: What can you achieve in such a huge house?
I want to use this legislature, to our destination a little closer to: the United States of Europe. However, this is not only due to parliamentary work, because Persuasion must be the citizens of the Union. But I want to convince my future colleagues, that we need a constitutional Convention so that we can enter into the next epoch of the development of the European Union.
you want to abolish the nation-States?
no. The answer is Yes in the United States.
the United States are also.
Exactly. And the are a Federal state, not the Central government. The EU might function as United States well if you would be established around Switzerland. A strong competence of the member States should remain, but the essential issues have to be solved on the European level: a common defence policy, the digital tax and an environmental tax. At the national level may not work at all. Europe must be proactive and the world can convey its values.
What are these European values? What problems were solved? The refugee crisis certainly not. Measures against global warming, not the EU.
Yes, but there are thousands of other examples ...
"twenty years from now, we want to live in the United States of Europe."
Me would be enough. Or two.
The Schengen area, for example. The whole of the internal market is a proof that the EU works.
The borderless Europe is being put back into question.
We are not allowed to talk about the basic achievements of the Union small. The Brexit has shown, what happens then: The British are now without a livelihood, the important freedoms include: the freedom to study where you want. To work where you want. Our freedoms did not come from God. That was European politics.
So to be running anyway all the best in the European Union?
no, because the type, as in the EU today, decisions are made, is not a basis for the future. We are in many areas and have no time to lose. We need to dissolve the unanimity, to rebuild the European Council a second chamber of Parliament. We must deal with issues such as Migration or climate change, in a big way. And fast.
a Lot of people in Europe want exactly the opposite: less Brussels, more national state.
The more important it is that we oppose this flow a little. I don't want to see Brussels as a technocratic project. Therefore, we have the Vision of the United States of Europe – as a project that comes from the citizens.
The select, but rather anti-European parties. The right-wing populists could be in these elections is so strong that you can make in addition to the social Democrats and the European people's party, a third strong Block.
The danger is that all the right-wing populists to unite, I think, is low. Nationalists, especially dysfunctional members of Parliament. This has been shown again and again. Their groups have brought up in the house now nothing. Their only Similarity is, to rant on Brussels. Otherwise they have nothing in common. So you can not make a policy. Unfortunately, neither the social Democrats nor the people the parties find an answer to this destructive policy. They only say: "We allow ourselves to Europe-not bad talk." This is not a program.
The attempt to make Europe a positive image that always looks cramped somehow. Must it be so?
So as the present the large party families, it does not work. We say, therefore, is clear: We want to create a European identity, a European citizenship, with the right to vote at the place of residence. More freedoms, not less. In twenty years, we want to live in the United States of Europe.
In twenty years? This is, however, naive. The United States and Switzerland have taken centuries to reach their current forms of government, and conflict-free, this was not.
So what? The United States of Europe since the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The contract was signed a century ago is also soon.
meanwhile, Hungary's Viktor Orban, or in Italy, Matteo Salvini, tirelessly, to the weakening of the EU.
The nationalists rant first run in Brussels and then in Parliament for five years alone. It is not interested in you just what is happening in the people's representation.
is The largest absurdity of this Parliament are the two sites in Brussels and in Strasbourg. Not only the number of members will be commuting. There are tons of files need to be transported. This is a lot of unnecessary truck trips and flights – doesn't that bother you?
It would be nice if we could solve by the discussion on climate change, is also the eternal conflict of the seat of the Parliament. The Parliament has voted several times for a single seat. But that is just not on the Parliament.
But only to the French?
Like so much in the history of the EU. After all, Emmanuel Macron is ready to throw in great ideas into the Ring. So he is maybe ready to have some to give away.
the future of the EU Parliament depends, but again the two big States of France and Germany?
It is a historical backpack. But I can't imagine that it is for the French population, it is important to have the Parliament in Strasbourg. This is also why we should go into the discourse with the population. The people can distinguish between national and European policy, as we believe.
you come from Vorarlberg and the neighbouring country well. Would fit Switzerland into the EU?
Switzerland would be a good candidate for the Union, but the need to decide the Swiss.
at The Moment, it is only a framework Treaty, and as the waves go high. The fear of "foreign judges" in this country is big.
Yes, but since Switzerland must ask the same questions as all of the other small countries in Europe: How much you can't have a say at all, if you are part of something Bigger? We are surrounded by blocks of part of democratic and undemocratic power. If we want to maintain our European way of life, we need to strengthen Europe. Not the nation-States.
Created: 02.05.2019, 19:01 PM