Wednesday, 18th September 2013
The EU's Silent Revolution
Source: European Council on Foreign Relations
The voices advocating a substantial overhaul of the European Union’s institutions have become weaker in the last 12 months. Comprehensive treaty reform is no longer on the wish list of the leading EU member states and is now the least likely option for solving the current crisis. Nevertheless, a silent revolution of the EU is underway. The supranational dream of a European federation is giving way to a pragmatic approach based on a new intergovernmentalism. It is not a new grand design of European integration but a default mechanism necessitated by the impossibility of treaty change and by the interests of the major players.
Similarly, a new type of differentiation by default rather than by political purpose is taking place within the EU. Despite efforts to keep the EU together, the rift between the eurozone and the rest of the member states is becoming deeper. In particular, the UK is unlikely to realign with the EU and Poland is unlikely to accede to the euro any time soon. Both the British and Polish questions will have a major impact on the future shape of the EU.
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