The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) called for a “United States of Europe” by 2025 at a party conference Thursday.
Schulz, who served as president of the European Parliament until January, wants the European Union to set a constitutional treaty that would create a federal Europe in the near future. Countries that oppose closer integration should leave the European Union, according to Schulz.
“This constitutional treaty must then be presented in all member states and those that do not agree would automatically leave the EU,” Schulz told the conference.
Schulz’s proposed federal Europe would act together in areas including security, taxes, asylum and international affairs.
SPD suffered a historically bad election in September after Schulz vowed to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel early in the campaign.
“I would ask you all…for forgiveness for this bitter defeat,” Schulz said. “I can’t turn back the clock. But as party leader I want to play my part in changing this. Therefore, today, I ask for your support.”
SPD has entered talks with Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union to form a “grand coalition” after government talks collapsed in November.
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