The participants of the DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL Summer Academy (Burgas, Bulgaria, 12.-15.07.2012) underlined that the future of the European Union must not be decided only by representatives of governments, the central bank and other executive institutions. But how to enable the citizens of the EU countries to decide on their Union? DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL would "call for a European Convention - as foreseen in Article 48 of the Treaty of the functioning of the EU - and for a europeanwide referendum on the outcome of this convention and on the future of the EU."

This convention, summarizes Gerald Häfner, the President of Democracy International, in his email "should be elected by the people, have enough time for its work and integrate civil society proposals. The European Union has to become a Europe of the citizens - or the European Union will fail."

With this conclusion one could only heartily agree, if one would not see one major obstacle which, at least for the time being, is blocking the road towards a better future. What I aim at is the unwillingness of the citizens to discuss the most fundamental issue of the federal state which is its military defence. This issue is more or less the same as the question whether we should at all strive towards a European Union.

As we have seen, it is not possible to achieve a "full-scale economic union" without first achieving a political union. In particular, it is impossible to keep and deepen the democracy in such a fake EU. But the main reason for the failure of the full-scale political integration, namely, the absence of the defence union, is almost never even mentioned.

Why this silence? Is it really so that people do not understand the issue? I doubt that. Consider the example of the French nuclear strike force, the force the frappe, which is aiming, as they like to say, tous azimuths, i.e. in all directions and against all potential aggressors, and thus also against, for instance, Germany. Indeed, if history matters at all, then the French atomic bombs seem to have been built especially with Germany in mind.

Now try for a while to think about the political union. How can one even for a moment imagine a union between countries that aim at each others with weapons of mass destruction?

I deliberately chose to begin with the atomic weapons, because I wished to go straight into the matter, which is also what kind of united defence forces the European Union should have once its citizens decide to build a democratic state for themselves, which DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL obviously hopes that they will do. (And, just to clear away any misunderstandings, so do I.) Should the EU have weapons of mass destruction in order to "deter" and, if the "deterrence" fails, to actually exterminate the populations of any external enemies?

With this question alone, I already hope to have made my self a little bit clearer. Because this is precisely the kind of question that bears upon the future of the European union and which, by consequence, we absolutely need to discuss and decide upon.

Now, let's assume the resurgence of a Europe-wide progressive citizens movement for nuclear disarmament, a movement with participants from every kind of people from cat-lovers to army generals like the one that we had in the 1980ies, a movement of millions of people which strongly pushes for the denuclearization of the EU and its withdrawal from the present aggressive transatlantic plans regarding missile shields and full spectrum military dominance with drones, weapons for prompt global strikes and God knows what nano-, bio, or robotic monsters. (By the way, how can one for a moment imagine that any change in our "economic model" could come about without the resurgence of such a movement?)

Further, suppose that the resurgent European peace movement adopts the proposal of DEMOCRACY INTERNATIONAL, and calls for "a European Convention - as foreseen in Article 48 of the Treaty of the functioning of the EU" , with the aim of introducing the constitution of the EU, thus into its basic law, a clause whereby all the member countries agree to abolish whatever weapons of mass destruction they may have, and not to build any new ones.

So, what would happen if the real European movement would be there before our eyes? ? Well, if you ask any specialist trained in European law and business, nothing would still happen. Because, the revision procedures as foreseen in the Treaty of the functioning of the EU "apply to all European policies with the exception of defence and decisions with military implications"! (See http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/institutional_affairs/treaties/lisbon_treaty/ai0013_en.htm.)