Italy at Breaking Point, Merkel Calls for ‘New Europe’

Step by step, slowly but surely… Within the undemocratic, German-led EU powerhouse, a resurgent superpower is engaged in a strategy to conquer, then subjugate, the sovereign states of Europe. This new call from Merkel is but only one step in that direction. In the not-too-distant future, as tempers flare and economic conditions worsen, look for actions to follow the talk leading towards this German created EU superstate.

Italian borrowing costs reached breaking point on Wednesday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s insistence on elections instead of an interim government opened the way to prolonged instability and delays to economic reform.

Italian 10-year bond yields shot above the 7 percent level that is widely deemed unsustainable, reflecting investors’ concerns that they may not get their money back and prompting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to issue a call to arms.

Merkel said Europe’s plight was now so “unpleasant” that deep structural reforms were needed quickly, warning the rest of the world would not wait.

“That will mean more Europe, not less Europe,” she told a conference in Berlin.

She called for changes in EU treaties after French President Nicolas Sarkozy advocated a two-speed Europe in which euro zone countries accelerate and deepen integration while an expanding group outside the currency bloc stayed more loosely connected — a signal that some members may have to quit the euro if the entire structure is not to crumble.

Merkel Calls for ‘Breakthrough to a New Europe’

“It is time for a breakthrough to a new Europe,” Merkel said. “A community that says, regardless of what happens in the rest of the world, that it can never again change its ground rules, that community simply can’t survive.”

A senior EU official said changing the make-up of the euro zone has been discussed on an “intellectual” level but had not moved to operational or technical discussions, while a French government source said there was no such project in the works.

Such steps are also opposed by many EU countries, whose backing would be needed for any adjustments to the bloc’s treaties, making them anything but a done deal.

“This will unravel everything our forebears have painstakingly built up and repudiate all that they stood for in the past sixty years,” one EU diplomat told Reuters. “This is not about a two-speed Europe, we already have that. This will redraw the map geopolitically and give rise to new tensions. It could truly be the end of Europe as we know it.”

Nonetheless, the Franco-German motor has generally been the driving force in steps forward for European integration.

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