This is worrisome, and comes via the ever excellent GermanForiegnPolicy.com What it is in essence is a report from the German Government's fully funded Foriegn Policy think-tank, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
If you are wondering about the title of the document, The European External Action Service, that is Eurospeak for the European foreign and security institution in creation. The army and diplomatic service combined.
Amongst other gems we must look out for are the areas which will be under the control of the European Foriegn Minister after the constitution has been ratified.
"in order to achieve the strategic goals of the Union, the European aid programme, the development fund, the military and civilian capabilities of the member states, the diplomatic efforts, the development, trade and environmental policies should be brought into line with one overarching objective".
The paper goes on to point out that the move towards this is ordered "The start date given is not the coming into force of the Draft Constitutional Treaty, but its signing!" that is on the 29th October 2004. Even they seem suprised at the audacity of that judging by the punctuation.
They do see a danger in proceeding to rapidly or publically at this point because to do so might "cause a negative outcome for some referenda".
Germany is advised to firstly secure a service that is "loyal to the Community and the "spirit of the Community"", by ensuring significant German precence on the decision making committeess. Then it should join forces with everybody except the Brits and the French who might have a few issues with the plans. "In this conflict, Germany could play its established role as an intermediary between big and small countries". Don't you just love the idea of the biggest country in the EU acting as an intermediary with itself?
Oh and of course the systems should be made in the German image, thus "it is worth considering, in connection with the development of the EEAS, the instruments and procedures for the "institutional export" of German structures".
As Tom Lehrer once said,
Once all the Germans were warlike and mean,
But that couldn't happen again.
We taught them a lesson in nineteen eighteen,
And they've hardly bothered us since then.