We European Federalists are being often accused of extreme “idealism” and naïveté by those who criticize us.
That’s ironic though.
Think about it, it’s the reality of the world that makes a united Europe necessary:
1) Mass immigration is a Europe-wide phenomenon that would be best addressed by a common response. Refugees and migrants are coming on the shores of all Southern member states, not just Italy or Malta. That’s Europe’s Southern border.
2) A study showed how a European Army could let member states save money on defense spending, thanks to the economy of scale. We need it in these insecure times. (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/…/IPOL-JOIN_ET(2013)494466_EN…)
3) With the main world powers having almost no respect for human rights (China) or with expansionist ambitions (Russia) or an unpredictable president (USA), we need to show that a valid, peaceful alternative is possible.
Naive idealists are those who want to scale back to petty nations and closed borders: the world is changing, you are falling behind.
Really, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, what other evidence do we need?