Letter:Confederal Europe needs time to evolve

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The Independent Online
Sir: Congratulations on being the first national paper to put a sensible and reasoned view on the future of the European Union.

Although I am a committed federalist, who understands the true meaning of subsidiarity - power down to the smallest viable governmental unit - your confederalist half-way house is not a bad idea if it convinces the timorous and the xenophobes that European Union will not be the end of life; rather a new step forward in our development.

After all, national identity has survived intact in the UK despite, in Scotland's case some 200 years of total union involving complete centralised control from Westminster.

This said, I do not agree with your dislike of the single currency idea. Only a strong centrally organised currency bloc stands a chance of survival from the onslaughts of uncontrolled international capitalism.

JOHN W CLARKE

Longfield, Kent

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