What Europe really lacks, as the crisis has exposed, is a properly accountable and effective European government. Executive authority in the EU, Duff says, is 'opaque and diffuse'. For the future of the Union to be assured, its citizens have to know who's in charge.
Speaking to the XXIV Congress of the UEF in Berlin on Saturday, Duff argues that the magnitude of the decision to build a banking union should not be underestimated or concealed. 'The fact is that fiscal union needs to be run by a federal government'.
Duff commends to the Congress the new Fundamental Law, drafted by the Spinelli Group of MEPs. Treaty change, he argues, cannot be put off.
Warning against resurgent nationalism, Duff adds 'let us never underestimate how quickly 'destiny henceforward shared' can turn into 'sauve qui peut'.
Andrew Duff's speech (.pdf) took place on Saturday. On Friday Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister, addressed the Congress. On Sunday the Congress voted its manifesto for the 2014 elections.
Elmar Brok MEP succeeds Mr Duff as President of the UEF.
17 November, 2013
Andrew Duff urges federalists to fight for European Government
In his last speech as President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), Andrew Duff MEP urges the federal movement to fight back against David Cameron's 'defeatist' prospectus for a weak, loose confederation of nation states.