Schuman Declaration - WikipediaIt proposed to place French and German production of coal and steel under one common High Authority. This organization would be open to participation of Western European countries. This cooperation was to be designed in such a way as to create common interests between European countries which would lead to gradual political integration, a condition for the pacification of relations between them: “Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity. The coming together of the nations of Europe requires the elimination of the age-old opposition of France and Germany”.
"capable of defending our interests,” Mr Verhofstadt stated"
Yes!!!I don't think it's overreach, so much as it was a deception initially claiming to be just that in order to sell itself.
It was always intending to be this.