Uniting Europe: Journey Between Gloom And Glory by Albrecht Rothacher

By Albrecht Rothacher

This booklet units out to provide an easy insider's account of the present realities of ecu integration. It succinctly studies the explanations and techniques of eu integration, analyses what the eu Union (EU) fairly does, and examines how money are spent. the complete variety of present ecu rules is seriously reviewed: the only industry; the Euro; and the typical regulations on agriculture, fisheries, the areas, undefined, pageant, shipping, the surroundings, social affairs, client safety, learn, taxation, justice, alternate, improvement, overseas affairs and defence. This publication argues for a far slimmed-down ecu govt. It must develop into absolutely in charge in a democratically legitimised bicameral federal procedure, and take cost simply of regulations crucial for powerful inner and exterior safeguard and for a operating fiscal and fiscal union. to prevent coverage paralysis and endured mismanagement by way of a redistributive and over-regulatory forms, lots of the present "low politics" and ecu money could be lower back to the member states and their areas. This booklet therefore makes an extended late educated contribution to the talk on Europe's destiny structure.

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Decisions by consensus do not make a particularly exciting copy for op-ed pieces or for contributions to “Foreign Affairs”. They are, however, the unspectacular reality. Apart from this, the number of divergent policy interests and different approaches is legion between Paris and Berlin: they range from agricultural policy reform to Eastern EU enlargement, transatlantic relations, trade and competition policy, monetary policy and defense policies. There are no “axes” in the Council, only promiscuous coalitions of interest aiming at the smallest common denominator.

The term “Eurocrat” has become a scapegoat shorthand with anything gone wrong in “Brussels”: be it a British-made meat crisis, an unpopular Council decision, absentee Euro-parliamentarians, paedophile Walloon Socialists or awkward Commission procedures and terminologies. 33 Chapter 4 Admittedly until the advent of Jacques Delors in the mid-1980s, there were quite a few directorate generals, like, for example, those of transport, environment and social affairs with little work and competences. Officials could doodle motorways and express train lines all over the map of Europe or draft feminist social legislation — with no visible consequence.

Amsterdam at least posed no difficulty for ratification. Not even the Danes found the Treaty meaningful enough to warrant a referendum. Soon, in the summer of 1999 Santer and his Commission were forced to resign. In came Romano Prodi, who had been a short term centre-left Prime Minister of Italy. As an economics professor in Bologna he had earlier distinguished himself in reforming the IRI holding, one of the giant loss-making state conglomerates, a heritage of Benito Mussolini. As an academic he had written one book, a classic on the Italian ceramic tiles industry.

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