The EU Constitution: America Must Beware
Recorded on June 22, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The United States has repeatedly come to the military aid of
forces fighting for freedom in Europe. The high price the American
people have paid is evident in military cemeteries throughout the
continent. For many years, the U.S. (understandably) regarded
European integration as the best way to ensure that it need not
intervene militarily again. However, recent developments in the EU
have dramatically changed the position. The overall trajectory of
European integration, and in particular the proposed EU
Constitution, now works against American interests.
At the dawn of the 21st Century, Europe is characterized by high
taxes, big government, and prescriptive and intrusive regulation,
approaches utterly at odds with American thinking on the size of
government, as embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Moreover, the
protectionist tendencies which continue to color attitudes to trade
in key European capitals ill-serves the interests of U.S. investors
in Europe, who need a free-trade environment if they are to thrive.
These factors are compounded by a thinly disguised anti-Americanism
in many European governments.
Dr. Fox will argue that the U.S. national interest is for Europe
to be re-fashioned as a flexible association of sovereign states,
and that the European Constitution should be consigned to history
by the immediate cessation of the ratification process.