Declan Ganley now supports my European views. Right on man. I hope he does not change his mind.

Declan Ganley: calling for a United States of Europe
Surprise at Ganley’s pro-Europe stand
HARRY McGEE

THE GOVERNMENT and main Opposition parties have reacted with surprise
and scepticism to Libertas founder Declan Ganley’s call for a “United
States of Europe”.

The Galway businessman yesterday said he had started discussions
looking to found a new group arguing for increased federalisation that
would contest the 2014 European elections .

Minister with responsibility for trade and development Joe Costello
said Mr Ganley’s proposal was interesting but in reality was a
non-runner, while senior Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív asked: “When did
Declan Ganley come home from Damascus?”

In an essay written with Prof Brendan Simms of Cambridge University,
and which was published yesterday, Mr Ganley argued that Europe should
replicate the structures and constitution of the United States at the
time of its foundation.

Such a move would require participating States to cede large degrees
of their sovereignty, this would include the areas of fiscal policy
and foreign policy.

In the essay, Mr Ganley and Prof Simms, a historian, argue that a
succession of failed summits, political risk-aversion, and splits have
brought the euro to the brink of disaster.

“We now see Europe’s choice as this: either learn from the lessons of
history and take the calculated but worthwhile risk to unite fully in
a democratic and federal union, or see this project fall apart,” they
write in the joint essay, which was carried in The Sunday Business
Post.

They also believe that major reforms should take place before full
federation could advance. That would be discussed at a special
convention after which States could opt in or opt out.

Mr Ganley has been publicly identified as leading the campaign against
the Lisbon treaty and against further integration.

His critics yesterday said it marked a major change of public stance by him.

However, Mr Ganley said in a series of radio interviews yesterday that
he has called for such a solution in the past.

Mr Costello, a Minister of State at Foreign Affairs, said there was
merit in holding a discussion but that the present complex structure
accommodated “individual sovereignty and at the same time pools
sovereignty when it’s in the best interest of the union.

“What Declan Ganley is proposing is a horse of a different colour.

“It would be difficult to see how progress can be made on that as it
would require unanimity.

“I cannot see France or Germany going down that road . . . There are
so many obstacles to it that it’s a non-runner.”

Mr Ó Cuív said he was very surprised at Mr Ganley’s conversion to
federalism and further argued that it was not possible to compare
Europe to America in that way.

“It was not the impression he gave people during the debate on the
Lisbon Treaty or during the European elections. People do not see a
future that is sustainable along those federal lines.

“In Europe, people are very divided socially and linguistically in a
way the USA is not. What we need [to do] is to come up with a European
solution.”

Sinn Féin’s foreign affairs spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said Mr
Ganley was effecting a “complete reinvention of himself politically.

“The problem with the EU is not the principle of participation of the
member states. It is that they have moved away from the social EU and
the EU market to allow financial markets become the key players.

“The defeated referendums on the EU Constitution in France and Holland
show that people do not want a federal Europe,” said Mr Mac Lochlainn.