Seems germany didnt have to fight a war to take over Europe afterall...lol!
Germany's secret plans to derail a British referendum on the EU
Germany has drawn up secret plans to prevent a British referendum on the
overhaul of the European Union amid concerns it could derail the eurozone
rescue package, leaked documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.
Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
9:00AM GMT 18 Nov 2011
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is today expected to tell David Cameron
that Britain does not need a referendum on EU treaty changes, despite
demands from senior Conservatives for more powers to be repatriated to
The leaked memo, written by the German foreign office, discloses radical plans
for an intrusive new European body that will be able to take over the
economies of beleaguered eurozone countries.
It discloses that the EU’s largest economy is also preparing for other
European countries, which are too large to be bailed out, to default on
their debts — effectively going bankrupt. It will prompt fears that German
plans to deal with the eurozone crisis involve an erosion of national
sovereignty that could pave the way for a European “super state” with its
own tax and spending plans set in Brussels.
Britain would be relegated to a new outer group of EU members who are not in
the single currency. Mr Cameron will today travel to Brussels and Berlin for
tense negotiations with Mrs Merkel amid growing disagreement between the
leaders over how to deal with the eurozone.
The Prime Minister is increasingly exasperated that Germany refuses to provide
more financial help for Italy and other struggling countries amid concerns
that the crisis is having a “chilling effect” on the British economy. Mrs
Merkel yesterday said she expected Mr Cameron to “examine a stronger
involvement with other countries” once the eurozone crisis had been
She said: “We’ve seen a sovereign debt crisis evolve in some states and
particularly those in the eurozone find themselves in the international
“It was right of David Cameron to concern himself with the UK’s debt issues
when he became Prime Minister — that’s my firm conviction, and once the
negative focus has moved away from Europe, he will examine a stronger
involvement with other countries.”
The eurozone contagion is threatening to spread to Spain and France.
Yesterday, the price of Spanish government borrowing reached the “brink” of
The Spanish government sold 10-year bonds at a 6.975 per cent yield — just
below the seven per cent level which has triggered international assistance
Amid protests in Milan and Turin, Mario Monti, Italy’s unelected “technocrat”
prime minister unveiled sweeping austerity reforms. Mr Monti warned that a
break-up of the single currency would take eurozone economies “back to the
1950s” in terms of wealth.
The six-page German foreign ministry paper sets out plans for the creation of
a European Monetary Fund with a transfer of sovereignty away from member
The fund will have the power to take ailing countries into receivership and
run their economies. Even more controversially, the document, entitled The
future of the EU: required integration policy improvements for the creation
of a Stability Union, declares that the treaty changes are a first stage “in
which the EU will develop into a political union”. “The debate on the way
towards a political union must begin as soon as the course toward stability
union is charted,” it concludes.
The negotiating document also explicitly examines ways to limit treaty changes
to speed up the reforms. It indicates that Mrs Merkel will tell Mr Cameron
to rule out a popular EU vote in Britain.
“Limiting the effect of the treaty changes to the eurozone states would make
ratification easier, which would nevertheless be required by all EU member
states (thereby less referenda could be necessary, which could also affect
the UK),” read the paper.
Senior government officials confirmed that they had dropped a previous demand
that EU powers should be “repatriated” to Britain in return for the treaty
changes requested by Germany, a move that will anger Conservative MPs.
“I don’t think that anyone is seriously proposing going down that route,” a
senior government source said.
Open Europe, a think tank, last night called for Mr Cameron to demand
something in return from Mrs Merkel for her “far-reaching plan”, which
requires the unanimous consent of all 27 EU countries, giving Britain a
“It would be the first step towards a vision of 'political union’ that would
have major consequences for the future of the entire EU, and therefore the
UK’s place within it,” said Stephen Booth, the think tank's research director.
"Merkel is daring Cameron to call her bluff, but if the UK is serious about
taking a leadership role in shaping the EU, Cameron will have to take a
stand sooner rather than later."
Bill Cash, chairman of the Commons European scrutiny committee, accused the
Coalition of standing by in "no–man's land" while Germany shaped the EU to
suit its own interests.
"We are going to get nothing significant in return for agreeing to this," he
Mr Cameron is today also expected to pressurise Mrs Merkel into lifting German
opposition to the use of the European Central Bank to rescue the euro.
However, last night, Mrs Merkel said: "If politicians think the ECB can
resolve the problem of the euro's weaknesses, then I think they are
persuading themselves of something that won't happen.
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