Given the current state of the EU, it can be concluded that the EU Member States are not yet prepared to move beyond theirs national interests, and invest their energies in the interest of the EU. So, the need for applying of a new integration concept is more than necessary. Because, is more than obvious, that the modern reasoning of the EU Member States gradually destroys the great idea of European unification.
One of the most popular approaches towards the “revolutionizing” of the EU is the concept of avant-garde Europe, predominantly promoted by Joschka Fischer, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Jacques Delors etc. This approach directly derives from the Kerneuropa concept (Core Europe), meaning that the future of the EU should be established on the scheme of core (avant-garde) and orbit. The core would need to be founded by those EU Member States who are most prepared and interested in European integration, and the orbit, would be constituted only by those EU Member States, who are not prepared, or do not want to involve themselves into a deeper European integration. The core Member States would develop single and coherent foreign policy, and thus, playing the role of an avant-garde of the European integration. The others would join them when willing or able to do so. The core will create a federation, and the orbit, an association. But they will continue to communicate and co-operate between each other, on a certain issues. This concept has many terms and labels, or as authors Funda Tekin and Prof. Dr Wolfgang Wesseles emphasized: the best-known terms have been ‘Core Europe’, ‘avant-garde, ‘centre of gravity’, and ‘directoire’, but these represent only an excerpt from a broad catalogue of such concepts” (Tekin and Wessels 2008, 1). Although “often used synonymously, these terms imply different forms of integration, with politically very different consequences for the EU and its Member States” (Ondarza 2013, 7).
As is stated by Joschka Fischer, the “only possibility is a European avant-garde, a group of EU countries willing and able to advance. The willing and able participate, but the others shall not block progress anymore” (Fischer 2008). The avant-garde, will be “decisive factor in driving forward the integration process, which will finally culminate in a European federation” (A Core, Avant-garde or Centre of Gravity).
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