Just for fun Chris...if you would wake up tomorrow and had the power to do what you want...what would you do? HOW would you unifiy Europe?
(My take is it will be a natural process needing centuries)
But you say you want it quick. Don't forget Europe is still pretty much tribal!
So, what would be your first steps?
I am a Christian and Catholic so I am governed by that. I would make the Catholic Church a lot more powerful but maintain a separation of powers.
I would make Sunday a day of rest and reduce the immorality and hunger for greed.
I would seek to make honesty and virtue something to attain rather than the wealth and power we have today.
A modern day Charlemagne.
I would reverse all the humiliations the Germanic peoples suffered under Hitler and post 1945. I would do this remembering the example of Charles De Gaul.
Prussia would exist again.
The Wehrmacht would exist and a single European army would then be created on the foundation of the Wehrmacht.
A single language would be used - English. I think it is more advanced and I can speak it. Though it may get a name change, so the English stop owning it! The English are Germans in any case so it is academic.
There is too much injustice in Europe. I would create justice bodies with real power where people will get real justice.
I would outlaw poverty.
Europe will be given the mission to help Africa and colonise the Moon and Mars. There would be conscription and so no unemployment.
Basically the European peoples will be given objectives, where the sum of the parts make the achievement as a whole possible.
Corruption would be severely punnished. There would be no capital punishment but there would be a stripping of citizenship.
The capital city of Europe will be Berlin - or a new city in the center.
I would give more power to the people. Give the people a real say.
People want a job, food on their table, a roof over there heads. They want to live in peace and visit other peoples.
People don't start wars. It is those in power who live an unrealistic life of luxury - and that would be removed too.
A lot of changes but one where highly skilled people will draw up the plans and the people have input.
The English monarchy would be abolished and all they property given over to the people.
Queen Betty in Buckinghuge Palace will have to do an honest days work for a change.
Europe is now weak. They are like a boat with a broken rudder adrift on a large lake.
There won't be any wars but there will be a strong military and a better life for the people.
Broad brush strokes I know but it is something I think about a lot.
Too many Europeans suffer. Germans injustice. Polish poverty. Others isolation. Others confusion.
Europe needs a direction and at the present they chase each others tails.
I would have a strong system of people feedback.
Democratic institutions would be strengthened.
The ideas of Europeans fighting for land will become something that is read about and regarded as from primitive times.
The truth about World War I and II will be taught and not the victories propaganda version.
Every European nation has something worthwhile to contribute. Like a band - it takes different talents to sound good.
May God bless Europe.