The State of the Union Address given by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week offers a positive agenda and a realistic vision on the European Union. With the British (almost) out it is time to relaunch European unification as a political project.  This exactly what Preident Juncker proposed in his State of the Union.  He rightly underlines that you can't have a Euro without its own minister of finance. Without a reliable United States, we need our own Defence Union.  He also and rightly so makes some interesting proposal to strengthen democracy and transparence. The complex set up of the Lisbon Treaties needs to be simplified. Whereas NATO member States long ago accepted the Secretary General as Chairman of the NATO Council, it should not be a problem to merge the presidency of the Commission and the European Council. As those who know my "European Unification into the Twenty First Century" (third edition just published as Vollume IV in "Footprints of the Twentieth Century", such institutional and democratic change is urgently called for.

I am ashamed to read the negative reactions to the address on the part of most Dutch politicans and journalists. Have we forgotten what former Foreign Minister Beyen did for Europe in 1953- 57, to relaunch European integration? Euroscepticism is silly and shortsighted. Leaning towards nationalist like Wilders and Baudet, is bad and irresponsible. We need a well integrated European Union.

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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau


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The Illusions of Détente,

Footprints of the twentieth Century


Since 1989, we refer to the whole post-war period as the "Cold War Era". Such was not the case in 1968.

De geest van Christus leeft in Europa


De eenwording van Europa na de Tweede Wereldoorlog is op beslissende wijze door de geest van Christus beïnvloed. Schuman en Solidarnosc hebben het aanzien van Europa geheel veranderd.