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The UNITED STATES OF EUROPE, the EUROPEAN STATE, the EUROPEAN SUPERSTATE, the EUROPEAN FEDERATION and FEDERAL EUROPE are names used to refer to several similar hypothetical scenarios of the unification of Europe as a single sovereign federation of states (hence superstate ), similar to the United States
United States
of America , both as projected by writers of speculative fiction and science fiction and by political scientists, politicians, geographers, historians and futurologists. At present, while the European Union
European Union
(EU) is not officially a federation, various academic observers regard it as having the characteristics of a federal system .

Specifically, the term " United States
United States
of Europe" – as a direct comparison with the United States
United States
of America – would imply that all the European states would acquire a status similar to that of a U.S. state , becoming constituent parts of a European federation acting as one country.

Traditionally, the term "European Superstate", particularly within the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, is used as a criticism of further integration into the EU with the term implying a forced loss of national sovereignty, although the term has occasionally been used positively in the British press .


* 1 History

* 1.1 19th century * 1.2 Early 20th century * 1.3 Post World War II

* 2 Prospects for closer union

* 2.1 European federalist organisations

* 2.1.1 Union of European Federalists
Union of European Federalists
* 2.1.2 European Movement International * 2.1.3 European Federalist Party

* 2.2 Politicians

* 2.2.1 Guy Verhofstadt
Guy Verhofstadt
* 2.2.2 Viviane Reding
Viviane Reding
* 2.2.3 Matteo Renzi
Matteo Renzi

* 2.3 Opposition * 2.4 Polls

* 3 Predictions

* 3.1 Future superpower * 3.2 A small power

* 4 Fiction * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


Main articles: Ideas of European unity before 1945
Ideas of European unity before 1945
and History of the European Union
European Union

Various versions of the concept have developed over the centuries, many of which are mutually incompatible (inclusion or exclusion of the United Kingdom, secular or religious union, etc.). Such proposals include those from Bohemian King George of Podebrady
George of Podebrady
in 1464; Duc de Sully of France in the seventeenth century; and the plan of William Penn , the Quaker
founder of Pennsylvania
, for the establishment of a "European Dyet, Parliament or Estates". George Washington
George Washington
also allegedly voiced support for a " United States
United States
of Europe", although the authenticity of this statement has been questioned.


Felix Markham notes how during a conversation on St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte remarked: "Europe thus divided into nationalities freely formed and free internally, peace between States would have become easier: the United States
United States
of Europe would become a possibility". " United States
United States
of Europe" was also the name of the concept presented by Wojciech Jastrzębowski
Wojciech Jastrzębowski
in About eternal peace between the nations, published 31 May 1831. The project consisted of 77 articles. The envisioned United States
United States
of Europe was to be an international organisation rather than a superstate. Giuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini
was an early advocate of a " United States
United States
of Europe" and regarded European unification as a logical continuation of the unification of Italy . Mazzini created the Young Europe movement.

The term " United States
United States
of Europe" (French : États-Unis d'Europe) was used by Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
, including during a speech at the International Peace Congress held in Paris in 1849. Hugo favoured the creation of "a supreme, sovereign senate, which will be to Europe what parliament is to England" and said: "A day will come when all nations on our continent will form a European brotherhood ... A day will come when we shall see ... the United States
United States
of America and the United States of Europe face to face, reaching out for each other across the seas". Hugo planted a tree in the grounds of his residence on the Island of Guernsey
and was noted in saying that when this tree matured the United States
United States
of Europe would have come into being. This tree to this day is still growing in the gardens of Maison de Hauteville, St. Peter Port , Guernsey, Victor Hugo's residence during his exile from France.

The Italian philosopher Carlo Cattaneo wrote: "The ocean is rough and whirling, and the currents go to two possible endings: the autocrat, or the United States
United States
of Europe". In 1867, Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi
and John Stuart Mill joined Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
at a congress of the League for Peace and Freedom in Geneva
. Here the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin
Mikhail Bakunin
stated: "That in order to achieve the triumph of liberty, justice and peace in the international relations of Europe, and to render civil war impossible among the various peoples which make up the European family, only a single course lies open: to constitute the United States of Europe". The French National Assembly
French National Assembly
also called for a United States
United States
of Europe on 1 March 1871.


Following the catastrophe of the First World War
First World War
, some thinkers and visionaries again began to float the idea of a politically unified Europe. In 1923, the Austrian Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi founded the Pan-Europa Movement and hosted the First Paneuropean Congress, held in Vienna
in 1926. The aim was for a Europe based on the principles of liberalism , Christianity
and social responsibility . Before the communist revolution in Russia, Trotsky
foresaw a "Federated Republic of Europe — the United States
United States
of Europe", created by the proletariat.

In 1929, Aristide Briand
Aristide Briand
, French Prime Minister , gave a speech before the Assembly of the League of Nations
League of Nations
in which he proposed the idea of a federation of European nations based on solidarity and in the pursuit of economic prosperity and political and social co-operation. Many eminent economists, among them John Maynard Keynes , supported this view. At the League's request, Briand presented a "Memorandum on the organisation of a system of European Federal Union" in 1930. In 1931, French politician Édouard Herriot
Édouard Herriot
and British civil servant Arthur Salter both penned books titled The United States
United States
of Europe.

After the First World War, Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
had seen continental Europe as a source of threats and sought to avoid Britain's involvement in European conflicts. On 15 February 1930, Churchill commented in the American journal The Saturday Evening Post
The Saturday Evening Post
that a "European Union" was possible between continental states, but without Britain's involvement:

We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonality. But we have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not compromised. We are interested and associated but not absorbed.

During the 1930s, Churchill was influenced by and became an advocate of the ideas of Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi
Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi
and his Paneuropean Union , though he did not advocate Britain's membership of such a union.

During the World War II victories of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
in 1940, Wilhelm II stated that "the hand of God is creating a new world ">

However, the EU does not have a single constitution, a single government, a single foreign policy set by that government, a single taxation system contributing to a single exchequer or a single military. There is no such thing as a single European justice system, let alone a European prosecutor who could enforce European Union
European Union
law in European trial courts independent of the courts of individual member states. There are no European trial judges who have sworn loyalty to Europe over loyalty to their home countries and no European prisons. Without its own independent courts and prisons, the European Union's ability to curb corruption in member states is severely limited (especially in contrast to the federal government of the United States). Schengen Area
Schengen Area

Several pan-European institutions exist separate from the EU. The European Space Agency
European Space Agency
counts almost all the EU member nations in its membership, but it is independent of the EU and its membership includes nations that are not EU members, notably Switzerland and Norway. The European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights
(not to be confused with the European Court of Justice) is also independent of the EU. It is an element of the Council of Europe
Council of Europe
, which like ESA counts EU members and non-members alike in its membership.

At present, the European Union
European Union
is a free association of sovereign states designed to further their shared aims. Other than the vague aim of "ever closer union" in the Solemn Declaration on European Union
European Union
, the EU (meaning its member governments) has no current policy to create either a federation or a confederation. However, in the past Jean Monnet
Jean Monnet
, a person associated with the EU and its predecessor the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
, did make such proposals. A wide range of other terms are in use to describe the possible future political structure of Europe as a whole and/or the EU. Some of them, such as "United Europe", are used often and in such varied contexts, but they have no definite constitutional status.

In the United States, the concept enters serious discussions of whether a unified Europe is feasible and what impact increased European unity would have on the United States
United States
of America's relative political and economic power. Glyn Morgan, a Harvard University associate professor of government and social studies, uses it unapologetically in the title of his book The Idea of a European Superstate: Public Justification and European Integration. While Morgan's text focuses on the security implications of a unified Europe, a number of other recent texts focus on the economic implications of such an entity. Important recent texts here include T.R. Reid
T.R. Reid
's The United States
United States
of Europe and Jeremy Rifkin 's The European Dream. Neither the National Review
National Review
nor the Chronicle of Higher Education doubt the appropriateness of the term in their reviews.


Various federalist organisations have been created over time supporting the idea of a federal Europe. These include the Union of European Federalists , the European Movement International and the European Federalist Party .

Union Of European Federalists

The Union of European Federalists
Union of European Federalists
(UEF) is a European non-governmental organisation campaigning for a Federal Europe. It consists of 20 constituent organisations and it has been active at the European, national and local levels for more than 50 years. A young branch called the Young European Federalists
Young European Federalists
also exists in 30 countries of Europe.

European Movement International

The European Movement International is a lobbying association that coordinates the efforts of associations and national councils with the goal of promoting European integration, and disseminating information about it.

European Federalist Party

The European Federalist Party is the pro-European, pan-European and federalist political party which advocates further integration of the EU and the establishment of a Federal Europe. Its aim is to gather all Europeans to promote European federalism and to participate in all elections all over Europe. It has national sections in 15 countries.


Guy Verhofstadt

Following the negative referenda about the European Constitution
European Constitution
in France and the Netherlands
, the Belgian ex prime minister Guy Verhofstadt released in November 2005 his book, written in Dutch , Verenigde Staten van Europa (" United States
United States
of Europe") in which he claims – based on the results of a Eurobarometer questionnaire – that the average European citizen wants more Europe. He thinks a federal Europe should be created between those states that wish to have a federal Europe (as a form of enhanced cooperation). In other words, a core federal Europe would exist within the current EU. He also states that these core states should federalise the following five policy areas: a European social-economic policy, technology cooperation, a common justice and security policy, a common diplomacy and a European army. Following the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon (December 2009) by all member states of the EU, the outline of a common diplomatic service, known as the External Action Service of the European Union
European Union
(EEAS) , was set in place. On 20 February 2009, the European Parliament
European Parliament
also voted in favour of the creation of Synchronised Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) as a first step towards a forming a true European military force. This short book is a summary of the condition the EU "idea" consequent to the "No" votes on the European constitution in referendums held in 2005 in France and the Netherlands. In this book, the author enunciates his case forcefully for a stronger federal approach to the economic and political challenges the EU member states will face in the future.

Verhofstadt's book was awarded the first Europe Book Prize , which is organised by the association Esprit d'Europe and supported by former President of the European Commission
European Commission
Jacques Delors
Jacques Delors
. The prize money was €20,000. The prize was declared at the European Parliament
European Parliament
in Brussels on 5 December 2007. Swedish crime fiction writer Henning Mankell was the president of the jury of European journalists for choosing the first recipient. Mankell said: "The jury was sensitive to the political courage showed by the current prime minister of Belgium. In a Europe which has a lot of self doubt, which has a lot of questions about its own future, he offers a clear proposal for the future and gives reasons to believe in European construction".

While receiving the reward, Verhofstadt said: "When I wrote this book, I in fact meant it as a provocation against all those who didn't want the European Constitution. Fortunately, in the end a solution was found with the treaty, that was approved".

Viviane Reding

In 2012, Viviane Reding
Viviane Reding
, the Luxembourgish Vice-President of the European Commission
European Commission
called in a speech in Passau
Germany and in a series of articles and interviews for the establishment of the United States of Europe as a way to strengthen the unity of Europe.

Matteo Renzi

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
Matteo Renzi
said in 2014 that under his leadership Italy would use its six-month-long presidency of the European Union
European Union
to push for the establishment of a United States
United States
of Europe.


The European Union
European Union
does not include every nation in Europe and there is no consensus among the existing member state governments towards becoming even a loose confederation . There is also significant Eurosceptic
opposition to European integration
European integration
in many member states.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union
European Union


Attitude toward further development of the EU into a federation of nation states EU members with more people in favour of a federation than against it

According to Eurobarometer (2013), 69% of citizens of the EU are in favour of direct elections of the President of the European Commission and 46% support the creation of a united EU army.

Two thirds of respondents think that the EU (instead of a national government alone) should make decisions on foreign policy and more than half of respondents think that the EU should also make decisions on defense.

44% of respondents support the future development of the European Union as a federation of nation states, 35% are opposed. The Nordic countries were the most negative of a united Europe in this study, as 73% of the Nordics opposed the idea. A large majority of the people for whom the EU conjures up a positive image support the further development of the EU into a federation of nation states (56% versus 27%).



Main article: Potential superpowers
Potential superpowers

The United States
United States
of Europe is widely hypotheticised, fictionalised or depicted as a superpower that is as powerful as, or more powerful than, the United States. Some people, such as T.R. Reid
T.R. Reid
, Andrew Reding and Mark Leonard , believe that the power of the hypothetical United States
United States
of Europe will rival that of the United States
United States
in the twenty-first century. Leonard cites seven factors: Europe\'s large population , Europe\'s large economy , Europe's low inflation rates, Europe's central location in the world, the unpopularity and perceived failure of American foreign policy in recent years and certain European countries' highly developed social organisation and quality of life (when measured in terms such as hours worked per week and income distribution). Some experts claim that Europe has developed a sphere of influence called the " Eurosphere


Norwegian foreign policy scholar and commentator Asle Toje has argued that the power and reach of the European Union
European Union
more closely resembles a small power . In his book The EU As a Small Power, he argues that the EU is a response to and function of Europe's unique historical experience in that the EU contains the remnants of not one but five past European orders. Although the 1990s and early 2000s have shown that there is policy space for greater EU engagement in European security, the EU has been unable to meet these expectations. The author expresses particular concerns over the EU's security and defence dimension Common Security and Defence Policy
Common Security and Defence Policy
where attempts at pooling resources and forming a political consensus have failed to generate the results expected. These trends, combined with shifts in global power patterns, are seen to have been accompanied by a shift in EU strategic thinking whereby great-power ambitions have been scaled down and replaced by a tendency towards hedging vis-à-vis the great powers. The author uses the case of the EUFOR intervention in Darfur and Chad
to illustrate that the EU's effectiveness is hampered by a consensus–expectations gap , owing primarily to the lack of an effective decision-making mechanism. In his view, the sum of these developments is that the EU will not be a great power and is taking the place of a small power in the emerging multi-polar international order.


In the fictional universe of Eric Flint
Eric Flint
's best selling alternate history 1632 series
1632 series
, a United States
United States
of Europe is formed out of the Confederation
of Principalities of Europe, which was composed of several German political units of the 1630s.

Science fiction
Science fiction
has made particular use of the idea: Incompetence , a dystopian novel by Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
creator Rob Grant , is a murder mystery political thriller set in a federated Europe of the near future, where stupidity is a constitutionally protected right. References to a European Alliance or European Hegemony have also existed in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994). In the Spy High series of books for young adults, written by A. J. Butcher and set around the 2060s, a united Europe exists in the form of "Europa", and Andrew Roberts 's 1995 book The Aachen Memorandum details a United States of Europe formed from a fraudulent referendum entitled the Aachen Referendum.

Since the 2000s a number of computer strategy games set in the future have presented a unified European faction alongside other established military powers such as the United States
United States
and Russia. These include Euro
Force (a 2006 expansion pack to Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2
) and Battlefield 2142 (also released in 2006, with a 2007 expansion pack). In Battlefield 2142
Battlefield 2142
a united Europe is shown as one of the two great superpowers on Earth, the other being Asia, despite being mostly frozen in a new ice age . The disaster theme continues with Tom Clancy\'s EndWar (2009), in which a nuclear war between Iran
and Saudi Arabia , destroying the Middle Eastern oil supply, prompts the EU to integrate further as the "European Federation" in 2018. One game not to make bold claims of full integration is Shattered Union
Shattered Union
(2005), set in a future civil war in the United States, with the EU portrayed as a peacekeeping force. The video game series Wipeout instead makes a clear federal reference without a military element: one of the core teams that has appeared in every game is FEISAR. This acronym stands for Federal European Industrial Science and Research. In the video game series Mass Effect
Mass Effect
set in the 22nd century, the European Union
European Union
is a sovereign state.

In the backstory of the Fallout series, several European nations joined together after the end of the Second World War, becoming known as the European Commonwealth. Heavily dependent on oil imports from the Middle East, the Commonwealth began a military invasion of the region in April 2052 once oil supplies began to run dry. This marked the beginning of the Resource Wars. After the oil dried up completely in 2060 and both sides were left in ruins, the Commonwealth collapsed into civil war as member states fought over whatever resources remained. It is not specified whether the European Commonwealth is a single federated nation or just an economic bloc similar to the EU.


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