In reality you were doing no such thing. The article was rather a plea in all but name for a "federal Europe". I got the very distinct impression that the word "confederation" was thrown in at the end in order to appease sensibilities during this current wave of anti-European primitivism and nostalgia.
Instead of such appeasement those who support the European cause should unabashedly proclaim the merits of federalism. After all, and contrary to the ill-educated proclamations from many Westminster politicians, a federal state is essentially a decentralised polity locating entrenched powers at sub-centre level. In fact, a federal Europe would be more de- centralised than the UK for which, ironically, so many of our Eurosceptics fear for the future. The UK is a unitary super-state with a single currency. The kind of Europe which your leader envisages is not a super-state in that sense at all.
Professor STEPHEN HASELER
London W8Reuse content