13 February 2012

The Future of Europe

I've just published a piece on the past and future of Europe in Fair Observer, an interesting magazine with analyses on a worldwide perspective:

"Europe is certainly at a crossroads. The current economic crisis challenges previous institutional arrangements and induces innovative Europe-wide responses in favor of more integration and less state sovereignty. For some, the process of building the EU begun in the mid-twentieth century has been too long and too slow and the Union’s decision-making mechanisms are still too inefficient. However, if we adopt a comparative historical perspective of the most similar experience of building a continental democratic federation in modern times - the United States of America - the EU can still make it and may soon reach a crucial, irreversible point...

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Rein Tagapera said...

The tortuous process of forming the USA offers hope for Europe, indeed.
On the other hand, it's worth asking: how close were the 13 colonies, at times, to breaking up their union, in an irretrievable way? "Irretrievable" is the key term, because there were instances when a colony might have left, only to be suckedd in later on by economic imperatives etc.
[I write "suckedd" with two d, because otherwise my prudish server highlights it in red and refuses to send the mail. But shitt is OK.]
Rein

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