Thursday, 23 June 2016

The European Union: A critical assessment [updated]

 

Guest post by Marian Tupy

The European Union (EU) is a culmination of a long process of economic and political integration among European states. The EU started as a free trade area and a customs union. Over time, it has become a supranational entity that resembles a federal state and is governed by a byzantine bureaucracy in Brussels. The EU claims to have brought about prosperity and stability in Europe, but those claims are increasingly at odds with reality. Europe is becoming worryingly unstable and is falling behind other regions in terms of economic growth. The EU model, which is marked by overregulation and centralization, seems increasingly out of place in today’s world. What European countries need in the coming decades is openness, rather than regional protectionism, and flexibility, rather than overregulation from Brussels. Above all, what European governments need to do is to reconnect with their increasingly restless electorates, rather than ignore the latter for the sake of the unwanted goal of a European superstate.

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2 comments:

  1. Yes, thanks PC. Good clean article. BBC debates easy to find on google,for an inspiring speech at the Oxford Union debates, see Daniel Hannan MEP speak for leaving. 12 minutes viewing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzNj-hH8LkY.

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  2. The EU (or rather the ECSC) was formed by French Bureaucrats who had been administrators under Vichy. That is to say: Nazis.

    If Britain doesn't leave the EU - I hope TRUMP will Nuke London, Manchester and Edinburgh when he deals with Paris, Marseilles, and Berlin.

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