The message of the EU Council’s Nobel Prize exhibition is a tribute to France's General de Gaulle, writes David Price who wonders: Is the Council now openly declaring it is a Bastion of Gaullism?
David Price is the director of the Schuman Project.
"General de Gaulle brought Europe peace in 1963. That is the message of the EU Council’s Nobel Prize exhibition, ‘The European Union working for peace,’ open from 18 December to 15 February.
The Nobel Foundation said that the EU and its forerunners had brought ‘more than six decades of peace'.
That was a great shock for Europe’s leaders. Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission and Martin Schulz of the European Parliament received the Peace Prize in Oslo on 10 December.
They had simply rewritten or ignored their history. The first supranational Community was dangerously democratic.
- The European Commission did not celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first meeting on 10 August 2012.
- On 11 September 2012 the European Parliament did not celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first assembly under the presidency of Paul-Henri Spaak. It did not even get a mention even though the EP was in session in Strasbourg. Barroso gave his State of the Union speech. He passed over that event in silence. Nothing too that Spaak created a special assembly to create a European Political Community, exactly 60 years before. Barroso announced the logically impossible goal of a Federation of Nation States. Cracks appeared in the ceiling of the parliamentary hemicycle in the Paul-Henri Spaak building in Brussels, putting it out of action for more than a year.
- The Council of Ministers did not celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first Community meeting on 8 September 2012. The Council initially met on 18 April 1951 at the signing of the Treaty of Paris and the Great Charter. Both required all future developments of this supranational Community to be based by the ‘free will of the people.’ De Gaulle buried this Charter. Who knows about it?
The official website of the Council still falsely announces that the European Union began in 1958 – the date of the seizure of power of General de Gaulle. How is it that the Schuman Proposal was made on 9 May 1950 and brought about a democratic system with five independent institutions?
Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland was more correct when he said peace in Europe was built by means of "a binding commitment. It had to build on human rights, democracy, and enforceable principles of the rule of law. And on economic cooperation aimed at making the countries equal partners in the European marketplace.
"By these means the countries would be bound together so as to make new wars impossible. The Coal and Steel Community of 1951 marked the start of a process of reconciliation which has continued right to the present day." He was referring to supranational values like honesty, anti-corruption measures, openness, public debate about tax and budget and truth.
The Council’s official brochure is a gross perversion of history and truth. Actually Europe’s peace happened suddenly. Everyone expected continuous war.
Who made peace in Europe possible? General Charles de Gaulle. His photo dominates the brochure.
- Yes, the same French autocratic General who wanted Spain’s autocrat Generalissimo Franco to join the Common Market and excluded democratic Norway, Ireland, Denmark and the UK. It also excluded Cyprus and Malta who had applied.
- Yes, General de Gaulle who blackmailed the ‘Empty Chair policy‘ the other member states to accept a Common Agricultural Policy where European secretly subsidised French farmers above all. The Council shut its doors firmly closed to the taxpayers. It created the present unacceptable ‘package deals’ system of the Lisbon Treaty where the European citizen is milked without any democratic right to refuse.
- Yes, de Gaulle who refused in 1959 the European Parliament’s demand (led by Robert Schuman’s as President) to end to the Parliament’s odyssey and have a single seat for Europe’s institutions in Brussels. He refused democratic elections.
- Yes, de Gaulle who hegemonicly tried to seize the levers of power through the 1961-2 Fouchet Plan. His French policy was to dominate all others as the only A-Bomb power and UN Security Council member. Schuman wanted equality of Member States. (Paul-Henri Spaak denounced the plan, declaring that ‘Europe of tomorrow must be a supranational Europe.’)
- Yes, de Gaulle who after his outrageous attacks on Community Europe had a mass resignation of Europhile, democratic ministers in 1962. In reaction de Gaulle formed the Franco-German axis with the 1963 Treaty of Elysée amid protests of real Europeans including Jean Monnet and Walter Hallstein and numerous other Franco-German deputies. They insisted on an anti-Gaullist preamble. Two months later on 29 March 1963 the European Parliament reaffirmed its attachment to ‘A supranational and democratic Community based on the equality of rights of the member states provided with its own institutions independent of the governments.’
The Council chose to highlight de Gaulle, who opposed the real Founding Fathers like Schuman, Poher, Rochefort, Mollet, Pleven, Monnet, Spaak, Bech, Luns, van Zeeland. Adenauer opposed de Gaulle at first and all his anti-European and anti-Nato policies.
He shocked the Europeans by eventually submitting to de Gaulle’s Axis policy because he wanted to bind BRD Germany to the West and avoid immediate reunification with the Soviet-dominated DDR. De Gaulle created a DDR-style Politburo in the Council of Ministers to dominate Europe. We have it still today.
De Gaulle is shown shaking hands with Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in January 1963. No other names are mentioned. So is the Great French Autocrat responsible for making ‘war not only unthinkable but materially impossible‘?
Is the Council now openly declaring it is the Bastion of Gaullism? De Gaulle’s paternalistic egotism treated all other citizens as children. The 1968 anarchic riots nearly brought France to ruin.
Supranational means that politicians should be honest and that the people should be free to choose as defined in Europe’s Founding Charter.
The Gaullists in the French Foreign Ministry made sure this European Charter on supranational democracy was buried in the archives for sixty years. The exhibition fails even to mention it."