August 9, 2002


A glimmer of hope for the EU's reformation (Lord William Rees-Mogg, August 05, 2002, Times of London)
The Commission is at the heart of the European system, yet it seems virtually unreformable, unwilling to reform itself, but strong enough to prevent reform from outside. [...]

There are, perhaps, two gleams of hope. The first is the developing conversions of the issues raised by Eurosceptics and by Europhiles. They do not agree on federal centralisation, but increasingly Europhiles are coming to accept the legitimacy of Eurosceptic concerns about the CAP, the democratic deficit, bureaucratic overregulation and so on. You do not have to be a Eurosceptic to see that Europe has to answer these questions, including the issue of national independence.

The Council of Ministers has changed and may change further. Until recently it was dominated by continental social democrats. Tony Blair had always been happier working with heads of government from conservative parties. He now shares European power with a re-elected Jacques Chirac, Silvio Berlusconi from Italy and JosŽ-Mar’a Aznar from Spain. They may be joined by Edmund Stoiber next month. These are not men who do not care for national sovereignty, and nor do they want to hand over their own power to Romano Prodi in Brussels.

The European Union has only too much need for reform and too formidable an opposition to change. The Acquis Communautaire has become a dead hand on Europe. Without accountability, democracy and national independence, the EU will not survive.

Isn't the question here whether or not Europe will survive? And doesn't the EU make it less likely? Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2002 8:01 AM
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