Angela Merkel, President Bush and European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso at a White House summit meeting last April where they
launched the Transatlantic Economic
Six U.S. senators and 49 House members are advisers for a group working
toward a Transatlantic Common Market between the U.S. and the European
Union by 2015.
Policy Network – a non-governmental organization headquartered in
Washington and Brussels – is advised by the bi-partisan
congressional TPN policy group, chaired by Sen. Robert Bennett,
The plan – currently being implemented by the Bush administration with
the formation of the Transatlantic Economic Council in April 2007 –
appears to be following a plan written in 1939 by a world-government
advocate who sought to create a Transatlantic Union as an international
An economist from the World Bank has argued in print that the formation
of the Transatlantic Common Market is designed to follow the blueprint of
Jean Monnet, a key intellectual architect of the European Union,
recognizing that economic integration must inevitably lead to political
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previously reported, a key step in advancing this goal was the
creation of the Transatlantic
Economic Council by the U.S. and the EU through an agreement
signed by President Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current
president of the European Council – and European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso at a White House summit meeting last April.
Writing in the Fall 2007 issue of the Streit Council journal "Freedom
and Union," Rep. Jim
Costa, D-Calif., a member of the TPN advisory group, affirmed
the target date of 2015 for the creation of a Transatlantic Common
Costa said the Transatlantic Economic Council is tasked with creating
the Transatlantic Common Market regulatory infrastructure. The
infrastructure would not require congressional approval, like a new
free-trade agreement would.
in the same issue of the Streit Council publication, Bennett also
confirmed that what has become known as the "Merkel initiative" would
allow the Transatlantic Economic Council to integrate and harmonize
administrative rules and regulations between the U.S. and the EU "in a
very quiet way," without introducing a new free trade agreement to
Sen. Robert Bennett,
No document on the TEC website suggests that any of the regulatory
changes resulting from the process of integrating with the EU will be
posted in the Federal Register or submitted to Congress as new free-trade
agreements or as modifications to existing trade agreements.
In addition to Bennett, the advisers to the Transatlantic Policy
Network includes the following senators: Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Chuck
Hagel, R-Neb.; Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; and Gordon
Among the 49 U.S. congressmen on the TPN's Congressional
Group are John Boehner, R-Ohio; John Dingell, D-Mich.; Kenny Marchant,
R-Texas; and F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc.
WND contacted Bennett's office for comment but received no return call
by the publication deadline.
report on the TEC website indicates the following U.S. government
agencies are already at work integrating and harmonizing administrative
rules and regulations with their EU counterparts: The Office of Management
and Budget, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection
Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
A step toward world government
Council is named after Clarence K. Streit, whose 1939 book "Union Now"
called for the creation of a Transatlantic Union as a step toward world
government. The new federation, with an international constitution, was to
include the 15 democracies of U.S., UK, France, Australia, Belgium,
Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway,
Sweden, Switzerland and South Africa.
Ira Straus, the founder and U.S. coordinator of the Committee on Eastern
Europe and Russia in NATO, a group dedicated to including Russia
within NATO, credits
Bennett as TPN chairperson with reviving Streit's work "seven decades
A globalist with leftist political leanings, Straus
was a Fulbright professor of political science at Moscow State University
and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2001 to
The congruity of ideas between Bennett and Streit is clear when Bennett
writes passages that echo precisely goals Streit stated in 1939.
One example is Bennett's claim in his Streit Council article that
creating a Transatlantic Common Market would combine markets that comprise
60 percent of world Gross Domestic Product under a common regulatory
standard that would become "the de facto world standard, regardless of
what any other parties say."
Similarly, Streit wrote in "Union Now" that the economic power of the
15 democracies he sought to combine in a Transatlantic Union would be
overwhelming in their economic power and a clear challenge to the
authoritarian states then represented by Nazi Germany and the communist
in the Fall 2007 issue of the Streit Council journal "Freedom and
Union," World Bank economist Domenec
Ruiz Devesa openly acknowledged that "transatlantic economic
integration, though important in itself, is not the end."
"As understood by Jean Monnet," he continued, "economic integration
must and will lead to political integration, since an integrated market
requires common institutions producing common rules to govern it."
Transatlantic Common Market by 2015
Last February, the Transatlantic Policy Network formed a Transatlantic
Market Implementation Group to put in place "a roadmap and framework" to
direct the activity of the Transatlantic Economic Council to achieve the
creation of the Transatlantic Common Market by 2015.
The Transatlantic Economic Council is an official international
governmental body established by executive fiat in the U.S. and the EU
without congressional approval or oversight. No new law or treaty was
sought by the Bush administration to approve or implement the plan to
create a Transatlantic Common Market.
The U.S. congressmen and senators are involved only indirectly, as
advisers to the influential non-governmental organization.
In a February
2007 document entitled "Completing the Transatlantic Market," the
TPN's Transatlantic Market Implementation Group writes, "The aim of this
roadmap and framework would be to remove barriers to trade and investment
across the Atlantic and to reduce regulatory compliance costs."
The document further acknowledged the impact the Transatlantic Common
Market agenda would have on U.S. and European legislators: "The roadmap
and framework will necessarily oblige legislative and regulatory
authorities in both Europe and the United States to take into
consideration from the outset the impact their acts may have on
transatlantic economic relations and to ensure that their respective
governmental bodies involved have the necessary budgetary and
organizational resources to work closely with each other."
Clinton administration roots
The work to create a Transatlantic Common Market can be traced back to
the Clinton administration's decision to join in the 1995 New
Transatlantic Agenda with the European Commission.
Today, the website
of the Transatlantic Economic Council openly proclaims the TEC is "a
political body to oversee and accelerate government-to-government
integration between the European Union and the United States of America."
The first meeting of the TEC was held Nov. 9 in Washington, D.C., and
the next meeting is scheduled for June.
statement issued at the Nov. 9 meeting specified progress was being
made "in removing barriers to trade and investment and in easing
regulatory burdens" in a wide range of policy areas, including drugs and
disease control, the importation into the EU of U.S. poultry treated with
pathogen reduction treatments, federal communication commissions allowing
suppliers to create declarations of conformity for products, uniform
standards for electrical products and agreements on standards for pure
Jerome R. Corsi is a
staff reporter for WND. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in
political science in 1972 and has written many books and articles,
including his latest best-seller, "The Late Great
USA." Corsi co-authored with John O'Neill the No. 1 New York Times
best-seller, "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against
John Kerry." Other books include "Showdown with
Nuclear Iran," "Black Gold
Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil," which he
co-authored with WND columnist
Craig. R. Smith, and "Atomic Iran."