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The Pan-Europa Union, founded in 1922 by Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, is the first and oldest European unification movement. For more than 90 years, it has been a nonpartisan organization in almost every country in Europe, including the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Its members included after 1922 Albert Einstein, the French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand as honorary president, writers such as Thomas Mann and Franz Werfel, the young Mayor of Cologne Konrad Adenauer and the Vienna student and later Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, then as a board member of the Paneuropa-Union Vienna.
After the war, the Bavarian Prime Minister Alfons Goppel and Franz Josef Strauss, the French President Georges Pompidou, the French Prime Minister Raimond Barre and the Spanish philosopher Salvador de Madariaga were among the outstanding members.[1]

Even before the current European Union, the EEC, the Council and College of Europe, ideas were presented to combine the nations of Europe into one. In between the two world wars it was suggested as the 'United States of Europe'. With the importance rather being economical then political. It is said that once the nations enjoy the benefits of a European economic unity, they may be open for other suggestions.[2]
In 1922 German industrialist and politician Hugo Stinnes expressed a similar opinion:

You cannot get all these different nationalities under one roof for a long time to come. The best approach is through economic cooperation in the form of customs.[3]

Dr. Hjalmar Schacht endorsed the Pan-European idea. He made his endorsement during a meeting in October 1926 of members and friends of the Pan-European Union at the house of the Reichstag President Dr. Paul Loebe.

Hence the Pan-European movement is the right step in the direction of advancing humanity by economic wellbeing to spiritual and moral progress.[4]

In April 1930, French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand suggested to send out a questionnaire to the European Countries in regards to a federated Europe. Briand's opinion was that such United States would need to develop naturally and cannot be forced. He believe that if Europe is ever going to recover from the effects of the war and the restrictions and animosities which arose after that the war, it is good for the European to talk.[5]
In response to this questionnaire Kalergi published a draft constitution of the Federal States of Europe. The primary purpose would be the perpetuation of peace and close cooperation among the European nations in the political, economic and cultural fields.[3]

After the war, on 19 September 1946, former Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a speech at the University of Zurich. In this speech he is talking about a United States of Europe, and how it would benefit the world. Although it seems also that he does not include Great Britain, which would stand separately similar to the United States and Soviet Russia. And he refers to the Pan-European Union as well:

Much work, Ladies and Gentlemen, has been done upon this task by the exertions of the PanEuropean Union which owes so much to Count Coudenhove-Kalergi and which commanded the services of the famous French patriot and statesman Aristide Briand.[6]

Practical Idealism

In 1925 Kalergi published his book Praktischer Idealismus (Practical Idealism).

When discussing nowadays multi-national European society and mass immigration, websites often refer to this book and name it as the 'Kalergi-plan'. The below quote is the one that apparently is responsible for today's immigration policies, ignoring the rest of the book:

Der Mensch der fernen Zukunft wird Mischling sein. Die heutigen Rassen und Kasten werden der zunehmen den Überwindung von Raum, Zeit und Vorurteil zum Opfer fallen. Die eurasisch-negroide Zukunftsrasse, äußerlich der altägyptischen ähnlich, wird die Vielfalt der Völker durch eine Vielfalt der Persönlichkeiten ersetzen.
The man of the distant future will be a hybrid. Today's races and castes will increasingly fall victim to overcoming space, time and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid future race, similar in appearance to the ancient Egyptian one, will replace the diversity of the peoples with a variety of personalities.

However the book covers much more than just that. It talks about using technology to overcome nature, about peace and war, about ethics, Christianity and Jews, about culture and about the reason for Europe to become one. Also he saw the Russian Federation, at that time within its revolution, as a threat to Europe. Therefore he suggested the idea of the United States of Europe as a front against it. As to balance power and avoid war it is important, not only to secure inner-European peace, but also securing peace with Russia.

United Nations and migration

The immigration issue and the problems that arise from it, do not find its origin in the Kalergi-plan but rather in the United Nation policies. According to the UN there will be a problem with the declining number of people living in Europe. The fertility rates are below what is generally accepted. They state that 2.1 children per family is the bare minimum. Adding the aging population to that equation, they believe another solution is needed: Replacement Migration.[7]

In the end it does seem that the current European Union does have its base in the works of Kalergi's movement. It for sure was a good idea to work together on an economical base and work together peacefully with various technological advances to the overcome nature.
Going further however, the Union is now slowly removing power from the individual nations and putting it in the hands of the Elite; European Laws outweigh national laws and all nations shared the same burden!

Kalergi is not responsible for today's migration problem, he might have foreseen it but it is not solely his plan that created all problems we have today.

This does not seem to be Kalergi's idea. At least not the way I believe after reading his book and digging a bit deeper. Again, a seemingly good idea has been hijacked by the Elite for their own gain of power and profits.

Read Again:

[1] https://paneuropa.org/Geschichte
[2] the New York Times - the United States of Europe
[3] the New York Times - Three Ideas of Pan-Europa
[4] the New York Times - Schacht Endorses Pan Europe Union
[5] the New York Times - Briand seeks views on a United Europe
[6] Winston Churchill, Universität Zürich, 19 September 1946
[7] https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/ageing/replacement-migration.asp