The euro crisis has taken the form of a succession of national crises threatening the integrity of the monetary union. The response, each time, involves heads of European states meeting in Brussels or Berlin to agree on a rescue plan and hesitantly approving the necessary improvements in European governance. After Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece, does it even matter who’s next on the cliff’s edge?
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Today the new president of France was sworn in. Who is the new president of France, and what will his rule mean for Europe? [Continuation] The Agenda – International Politics and the Franco-German Axis Less rosy seems the international field, where Hollande will soon have to demonstrate, if he can assert France’s interests among the [...]
Ever since the beginning of the financial crisis France and Germany have taken on the role of leaders for the EU. They decide what happens and how it is done; they decide who stays in power and who has to be taken out. However is this really the only way the EU can be governed, or are there ways to prefend the domination of two nation states within the EU?
The EU stands at a historical crossroads today and it has to make a difficult choice. Its decision could send it on the path of ever-closer cooperation and prosperity, or initiate a very slow process of dissolution. The problems Greece faces today are thus much more significant than they seem initially and require more than a technocratic approach to be solved. What Europe needs is somebody with a vision, a truly European leader.
With Khadafi’s would-be massacre looming in Benghazi, Europe has proven that it is still willing to take on a messianic role to fight for freedom. The enthusiasm that David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy have shown to protect human life with all means necessary deserves the deepest respect and stands in stark contrast to Germany’s inexcusable cowardice. Libya deserves European military support in escaping from the yoke of a madman that has oppressed its people for generations.
Multiculturalism is dead. At least, according to many prominent EU-leaders. It’s a shame though, that they didn’t present a feasible alternative to the multicultural society. Should we say our permanent farewells to the multicultural ideal, or should we instead try to reform it, giving it a chance to survive? I’ll try to answer that question below.
The summit of the European Council in Brussels last week did not bring about any novel approaches relating to the creation of the internal energy market of the community. However, it saw Germany and France use the occasion to present their proposal for a “competitiveness pact” for the EU. The pact suggests fuller harmonisation of labour, tax and social policies and a constitutional curb on public borrowing to enforce balanced budgets. Though rejected by many member states, core elements of the proposal are necessary and inevitable in the future. However, it remains doubtful if they will help increase the Union’s competitiveness.