Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article: On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-making and Political Accountability

by Philippe de Schoutheete, Stefano Micossi

This 14-page essay discusses how recent developments have modified the existing allocation of tasks between the EU and national levels and the legitimising mechanisms in decision-making by the EU institutions.

The return of political union to centre-stage has been a product of necessity, i.e. the need to overcome an existential crisis of the eurozone. The arrangements and instruments set up to cope with the crisis have generated a change in nature of Union institutions, as the centre of gravity of common policies has shifted from market opening, trade and agriculture, to the coordination of economic policies – an area where the Union competences were heretofore limited to ‘soft’ coordination and budgetary discipline by means of peer pressure within the European Council.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Article: On Political Union in Europe: The Changing Landscape of Decision-making and Political Accountability

by Philippe de Schoutheete, Stefano Micossi

This 14-page essay discusses how recent developments have modified the existing allocation of tasks between the EU and national levels and the legitimising mechanisms in decision-making by the EU institutions.

The return of political union to centre-stage has been a product of necessity, i.e. the need to overcome an existential crisis of the eurozone. The arrangements and instruments set up to cope with the crisis have generated a change in nature of Union institutions, as the centre of gravity of common policies has shifted from market opening, trade and agriculture, to the coordination of economic policies – an area where the Union competences were heretofore limited to ‘soft’ coordination and budgetary discipline by means of peer pressure within the European Council.

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