an EU Constitution for the 21st century

Linked with Erni Friholt – Sweden.

Published on TFF, Stocken, Orust, Sweden, December 3, 2005.

We want an EU Constitution for the 21st century, not for the 20th!

Excerpts: … The now suspended constitution for the European Union is bound to reappear more or less in the same form as before. There are some good ideas in it, such as those about gender equality and equal salary levels for men and women. Also, the Christian fundamentalists had to accept that the religious values are mentioned only along with the humanistic and other components in our culture, all on an equal level.

However, the important introductory text or preamble is rather deficient when it comes to the historical perspective on Europe’s relations with its former colonies and its ongoing dominance and power over them, albeit in new ways. It is evident from the military aspects of this constitution that Europe has no intention to create equal rights for its former colonies but rather continue its dominance by military means, if necessary …

… What else should be included in a Constitution for the 21st Century:

Given the uniquely long text of the Constitution Treaty, it is difficult to keep it all in mind. It can be foreseen that further mentioning of the patriarchate could fit into several articles beyond those mentioned above.

The articles we have criticised should be changed, added to or replaced by fitting alternative writings.

In what follows we now limit our suggestions to the articles pertaining to security, defence and peace. We wish to add the essential concepts, values and principles that are so obviously missing in the existing constitution text, such as “peaceful conflict resolution”, “peace by peaceful means”, “negotiation strategies”, “peace conferences” etc. “Disarmament” is treated below under “The Goals of the Union”.

The great peace project:

In Western mainstream media, politicians, editorial writers and others participating in the debates about the EU are always repeating the importance of the EU as a peace project. But it is equally justified from the facts presented in this constitution to describe the EU as a joint effort of the old colonial powers to keep and strengthen their dominant positions after the formal decolonization.

The evident need of EU countries for a strong military power in order to support their negotiating power is radiating through the veil of pronounced defensive strategies and their pronounced but blurred “interests”. Their great considerations for Nato co-operation make this real intention more probable, since Nato has extended its field of operations to the whole world and not just to the original North Atlantic area.

However, we would very much appreciate and wish to see Europe as a peace promoting power in the world, a power which by peaceful means creates economic and social justice via open discussions, truthful media information, consensus, analysis, compromise in pleasant contrast to the ultimatums, military operations, occupation and the dictated agreements of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, IMF, etc.

It should be beyond every doubt that the EU could become a new kind of power in the world system &endash; had its leaders had the necessary vision. Indeed, with the animosity – even hatred – rising against U.S. foreign policy worldwide, the situation speaks for an alternative to Washington in the West. But it seems like the EU doesn’t see the potentials.

The goals of the Union: … (full long text).

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