"The last step will then be the completion of integration in a European Federation. such a group of States would conclude a new European framework treaty, the nucleus of a constitution of the Federation. On the basis of this treaty, the Federation would develop its own institutions, establish a government which, within the EU, should speak with one voice. a strong parliament and a directly elected president. Such a driving force would have to be the avant-garde, the driving force for the completion of political integration. This latest stage of European Union. will depend decisively on France and Germany."
~German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, speech at Humboldt University, Berlin, 12 May 2000 ~