The rise of the European Union
[Note: This is an essay inspired by the book “The Great Deception”. What set out to be a review became an essay in its own right. My review opinion is here.
If you want to understand EU, read this book.
Now for the second part of the essay:
Moving into the second part of The Great Deception, we have to go back a bit, to the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) and related treaties. First, note the use of the innocent-looking word ‘mechanism’ for something with profound economical and political consequences. The truth, of course, is that this was no mere ‘mechanism’, but a fully-fledged currency union, a project that, as a matter of cause, sets billions at stake. And the precursor to the Euro, too, a project of even greater significance. Læs resten
EuropeNews 12 Juni 2008
Book essay by Henrik Ræder Clausen
In these days, a fundamental question of European politics, and the EU in particular, is this:
Can the public still be permitted to have a say over the way things are run?
It has been argued that the Lisbon Treaty is way too complex for ordinary citizens to understand, not to mention to have a qualified opinion on, and thus referendums should be avoided, and important issues should be left for the elite to decide upon, untainted by the unqualified opinions of the undereducated masses. Læs resten