October 21, 2005


Schroder warns against too much EU interference (Honor Mahony, 10/21/05, EUOBSERVER)

Outgoing German chancellor Gerhard Schroder has taken a parting shot at the EU warning that it should not interfere too much in member states' business.

Writing in the weekly newspaper, Die Zeit, the chancellor said that citizens were annoyed that the EU was not effective where they wanted it to be, such as in foreign policy, and overbearing in some areas where it was not wanted.

Mr Schroder accused the European Commission and the bloc’s highest court of contributing to the "creeping impression" that they are "using common market principles to justify European regulations for which there is no need".

"Nothing infuriates citizens more than the suspicion of a creeping loss of sovereignty," he wrote.

He also warned that the over extension of EU powers put the member states' "intact statehood" into question.

So what's wrong with the EU is the idea of union.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 9:01 AM

It's less appealing when you realize you're not going to be the one running it anymore.

Posted by: John at October 21, 2005 9:31 AM

If he thought the EU would (continue to) subsidize German social programs, he wouldn't have said it. But, those days are gone.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 21, 2005 9:51 AM

It's spelled "Schroder."

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 11:04 AM

It's spelled "Schroder."

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 11:04 AM

Sorry. Umlauts don't print, so I guess it's spelled Schroeder in English.

Posted by: tefta at October 21, 2005 11:07 AM

Schroeder did as much as anyone outside France to strengthen the EU. Too bad he can only speak the truth when it's too late to do anything about it.

Posted by: pj at October 21, 2005 12:57 PM

Lefty ex-leaders can get real surly once the limo stops picking them up. We may be seeing the beginnings of Al Gore / Mark Latham type implosion.

Posted by: Gideon at October 21, 2005 1:10 PM