Fri Jul 20th, 2012 at 06:07:06 AM EST
Craig Willy has posted a blog entry pointing out the actual order of the powerful EU institutions :
- European Council (member states)
- (Eurozone: Core states)
- European Central Bank
- (Eurozone: Peripheral states)
- European Commission
- European Parliament
as well as a summary of how we ended up with this rather undemocratic mode of governance.
The questions that now need to be answered are the usual, that is, how do we get back to a more legitimate way of directing the EU ? As long as the most powerful institution is mostly (except in times of extrem crisis, and even in Greece the winning party played strongly the "security" card) elected on something else than actual policy on the EU - The situation of Europe was barely mentioned in the last French presidential election -, we'll keep lousy politicians that don't care much about Europe. And voting for more leftish leaders won't change that, with the current crop of left-wing will have in Europe.
Maybe we're not ready, maybe too much of us are still caring about the nation state, to actually engage in real UE "federal state" construction that doesn't give all of its powers to the ECB ; in this case, should we (as left-wing, "living in Europe" Europeans) keep on pushing for more EU state building of a state we don't like, or try to start working against more EU powers ?
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