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Why the EU Is in Trouble
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  • charlesrwilliams

    And this is why Brexit can benefit the UK. It will complicate relations with the EU but vastly simplify relations with the rest of the world. Whether Brexit is a blessing or a curse depends on what the UK does with this freedom.

  • jimri

    EU member states not trusting Brussels is entirely rational. Thinking that the solution is to give more power to Brussels is funny.

  • seattleoutcast

    It’s almost as if a highly-centralized bureaucracy is bad for a country. I wonder if this issue is apropos to the United States???

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The EU and the Euro are going to disintegrate just like the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact did 25 years ago.

  • Andrew Allison

    It’s a bit more complicated than that. Decisions such a this would normally be handled by the European Commission. It was Juncker’s decision to farm it out to the individual member governments for approval. A conspiracy theorist might conclude that he did so in order to block the deal.

  • Jim__L

    “The main reason for that is that the EU’s member states, and their
    voters, don’t trust Brussels enough to do what the U.S. founding fathers
    did 200 years ago: entrust the federal government with enough power and
    decision-making ability that it can act.”

    What is missing from this article is any discussion of WHY they don’t trust Brussels.

    This article is a call to thoughtless action, no better than a late-night TV sales pitch.

    WRM, you’re better than this.

    • Andrew Allison

      The Founding Fathers established a single nation. The EU is (currently) made up of 28 individual nations, each with national interests and some, as in Belgium, semi-autonomous regions. With the recent exception of the UK, they have been remarkably passive in handing over power (including the power to make trade deals) to Brussels. As Brexit and the eurozone train-wreck illustrate, there are limits to how much autonomy these nation states are prepared to yield. I agree that the post is not up to Prof. Mead’s usual standards.

  • Greg Olsen

    What else is new. The EU is a customs union which does not allow its member states to negotiate their own preferential trade agreements. It needs to pursue one sized fits all solutions and frequently fails to achieve unanimity among its member states.

    The solutions to the dysfunction haven’t changed: “ever closer union”–i.e., federalism–or blow up the Euro and devolve the EU to a free trade area instead of a customs union. The current tripartite structure of the EU suffers a deficit of popular democracy and is ill-suited to a federal union that maintains legitimacy. Without institutional reform it will fail at the federal project.

  • Angel Martin

    It is not just a matter of not trusting Brussels. The EU bureaucracy is so dysfunctional that they couldn’t achieve anything even if they were a unitary state.

    Give Brussels more power, and all you will get is more mafia motorways and blogging donkeys.

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