June 25, 2004

PERMISSION FROM THE FRENCH?

How the EU Really Works (Martin Hüfner | Monday, June 21, 2004, The Globalist)

Europe has been more successful than many would believe in taking courageous political steps and undertaking reforms in recent years — much more so than many originally expected.

The creation of the European Monetary Union, the eastern enlargement of the Union, the new European constitution are all huge projects. To my knowledge, they are larger than anything accomplished on a regional level anywhere in the world in this period.

Despite what critics say, Europe on the whole is anything but an impediment to reform. On the contrary, it is an engine for change.

In addition, there were important deregulations — for example — in the telecommunication sector from which consumers profit. In all fairness, however, it must be added that there are also areas — such as agricultural policy and the growth of bureaucracy — in which developments were more disappointing.

Despite what critics say, Europe on the whole is anything but an impediment to reform. On the contrary, it is an engine for change. The key question is a different one: Why has so much been achieved at the EU level — and so little at the national level?


Put that way what he's saying is a truism--of course the EU itself is the engine for giving the EU more power and the impediment is the sovereign states and peoples that recognize this is a terrible idea. The essay does contain a sentence though of exquisite beauty, which sums up everything that's wrong with these kinds of superbureaucracies: "The introduction of the euro and the demise of the deutschmark was the price which the Germans had to pay for the French consent to German reunification."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2004 2:54 PM
Comments

"On the contrary, it is an engine for change."

To paraphrase: the engine that could (but won't).

Posted by: Rick T. at June 25, 2004 4:03 PM

--Despite what critics say, Europe on the whole is anything but an impediment to reform. On the contrary, it is an engine for change.--

Changing into what, the western version of the USSR?


Frogistan allowed telecommunications dereg?

Posted by: Sandy P at June 25, 2004 5:38 PM
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