Klkl. Is the European Union an empire?. >The EU is an empire enlarged by negotiation and consent >The EU is an empire without an emperor >The EU is an empire governed by indirect rule. What did European integration bring?. >Cooperation instead of conflict; Europe a global player.
Is the European Union an empire?
>The EU is an empire enlarged by
negotiation and consent
>The EU is an empire without an emperor
>The EU is an empire governed by
What did European integration bring?
>Cooperation instead of conflict; Europe a
>Prosperity through free markets and free
>Free space to travel at affordable prices
>Monetary stability through the Euro
What does the EU lack?
>Connection to the people. Public view is
hostile or distant:
>EU: Brussels is a monster, a behemoth
>Top EU leaders are unelected; Mandarins
call the shots
>EU is felt as a bureaucratic occupation
Constitution did the wrong thing
>to put the EU on a federal footing
> Political elite far ahead; public did not
>Constitution strengthened perception
of ‘imperialist empire’
> Constitution turned EU into threat to
New Treaty, does it improve?
>Does the text re-connect European
integration to the people? (not a
constitution, but unreadable and elusive)
>Does the Treaty streamline the institutional
framework? (size of Commission,
European Parliament, duplicity, agencies)
>Is mission of EU concentrated on limited
policy-areas? (CAP, Regional Policy,
Energy Policy, Immigration Policy)
>Bureaucratic machinery: streamlining
too slow; mission unfocused
> Enlargement: enlarge economic
concept EU, not EU itself.
> Estrangement from people: some
leading positions should be elected, like EU President, Commission President and Commissioners.