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A collection of most innovative ideas on how to re-engineer the European Union
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The end of the European dream

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"Nations states will have to do it, therefore, either together in some grand conference, or more probably alone, after the crisis has put some radical into power. When this will happen, the European Union will simply vanish as the USSR did after the August Coup and the Belavezha Accords. Those who still nurture the dream of a political Europe, whether it be the Europe of Regions of my own political family or the Europe as civilization of the volkish far right will have to accept, as I did, that Europe has become an hollow shell and that time has run out. It is around nation states, not necessarily the ones we know by the way, that Europe will have to face the long descent, until they too dissolve."

 

Pessimistic analysis by French blogger Damien Perrotin explaining why the end of growth will also mean the end of the European Union.Worth reading.

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The Eurozone Crisis and the Silence of Social Democracy

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In Social Europe Journal Jon Bloomfield undertakes a good diagnosis of the absence of a European Left alternative to the current eurocrisis but unfortunately then prescribes the old social-democrat remedies.

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Sustainable Good Society: Why the European Way is Still the Best Hope in an Insecure Age

"In the post-collapse era, economic and ecological sustainability increasingly will take center stage. Despite the eurozone crisis, Europe’s social capitalism, steady state economy, pluralistic democracies and environmental policies still provide the best foundation for comprehensive sustainability."

 

American Steven Hill has this challenging analysis in the Social Europe Journal. Although he has the right diagnosis of the world's economic and ecological crisis, his views on Europe's "awareness of the need for comprehensive sustainability" seem a bit too rosy. He also uses a definition of the "steady state economy" which is too close to the "sustainable growth" paradigm.

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