[Dysfunctioning EU (?)] Intergovernmental EuropePosted: March 16, 2012
With the current economic crisis and the rise of euro-skeptics political parties, the question of an intergovernmental Europe is gaining momentum: Do we really need all the EU institutions and treaties ? Would not simple inter government agreements be enough ?
For neighbor states whose economies are linked, a political coordination is needed; whether it is on topics of economy, taxes, employment, immigration, … In this point of view, a formal frame is welcome, but the full complexity of the European Union is not necessary.
But not enough
But it would be a big mistake to consider that enough: the economic, employment, immigrations, … challenges faced by the member states are not so different or so independent that just a coordination would be a solution solid enough.
We need global solutions. Which implies, it is true, more complex solution that may deprive the states of a part of their independence. But it is the only way to put together real win-win-… (23x win)-win answer to today’s challenges.