MER – Movement For European Reform

The Movement for European Reform

The Movement for European Reform is a political party in the European Union. It is a conservative group which thinks that the European Union needs to be more decentralized. The group began in 2005, started by David Cameron, a British politician, as an offshoot of sorts from the EPP-ED group in the EU parliament. Thus far the group is more theoretical than it is realistic. Many of the articles on their website have very idealistic content, which seems a bit to lofty to actually happen.

There is a significant amount of ambiguous information about the party, its specific goals, and plans for the future. Eurosceptic, a generic term recently coined to indicate a desire to not merge Europe into a more unified state, is used to describe this group. This group is not directly opposed to the European Union as the Independence and Democracy or Union for Europe of the Nations groups is. Rather they are of the opinion that the members of the European Union should be more independent than they currently are. They also wish to get Europe more involved and active in the world at large.

The campaign is supported by the Czech Civic Democratic Party, the British Conservative Party, and the Bulgarian Union of Democratic Forces with the purpose of reforming the EU. To quote the group’s website, “Globalization presents the EU with opportunities as well as challenges. To be successful, the EU must recognize the limits of its powers, and become more open, outward-looking and flexible.” The group also says that the EU needs to connect with the needs of people and society. The MER is apparently to be the base of starting a new political group in the European Parliament after the upcoming elections in 2009. The emphasis on globalization seems to be one of the core goals along with reduced bureaucracy and modernization.

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