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"Mr President, this report poses the question as to whether we can expect all 28 Member States to be able to agree upon what needs to be done to strengthen fiscal integration or whether it is now time to recognise that not all states will be able to share the same political objectives. So the strength of government of the EU becomes of paramount importance and the convention which will draw up the next treaty will be faced with a stark choice. The first of the options is to transform the Commission from whatever it is now into a proper efficient parliamentary government with a greater concentration of executive powers and instruments, and the resources that it needs for their disposal. The second option is to take the route of the European Council to create a sort of centralising executive federalism which will exercise its will through diffuse, opaque and only partially democratic bodies and agencies, many of them on the outside of the Union framework. The first option is a genuine federal polity. The second is an intergovernmental confederal arrangement relying on the passing will of national prime ministers. The Liberal Group is going to be quite clear which of those options it will prefer."@en1

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