9 Foreign Ministers Call for Greater E.U. Integration – NYTimes.com

More is better, right?

Highlighting the difficulties confronting the European Union, the document notes that, “in many parts of Europe, nationalism and populism are on the rise, while the feeling of solidarity and sense of belonging in Europe are dwindling.”

Its answer is more, not less, Europe.

In the economic sphere the document suggests more European oversight over the budgets of national governments, a single supervisory mechanism for euro zone banks involving the European Central Bank, and more powers for the European Parliament. It adds that the euro zone’s bailout fund should become a European Monetary Fund.

via 9 Foreign Ministers Call for Greater E.U. Integration – NYTimes.com.


3 thoughts on “9 Foreign Ministers Call for Greater E.U. Integration – NYTimes.com”

  1. I am personally a huge fan of the EU. I think it is the next stage in cultural identity. Even though it seems absurd and goes against tradition to give sovereignty to a supernational organization, we shouldn’t forget that sovereignty is a relatively new concept, as well as the notion of nationalism. Is this evolution of the political geography in the world? One thing I’m wondering is if we will soon see other supernational organizations pop up. Will there soon be a South American Union or Asian Union or African Union? I know that there has been talks of an African Union, but it has never really lifted off the ground much. Also in talks is the Eurasian Union, headed by Vladimir Putin (see the attached link for more info). NAFTA is more like an echo of the EU, and not really comparable. Meanwhile, I think that more integration is certainly worth a shot and a good next step for the EU.

  2. I think that integrating into a stronger European Union can be a difficult task for many European nations. When I was studying abroad in France I noticed that there was a difficult balance between a desire to become a part of a stronger supernational organization, and still keep their individuality as a country. While the task to me as an American surrounded by peoples from different cultures that blend together, yet still remain individuals, I think that it is more complex in societies where people were raised with a more national identity. Not to say that americans don’t have a national identity, but our Obama would never give a speech similar to Sarkozy in which he stated that he was glad that so many immigrants would want to live in France, and that now their main goal should be to leave behind their past cultures and beliefs, and assimilate into French culture as quickly as possible. How do nations that pride themselves in their individuality as nations compromise in their policies to become one of the many?

  3. I find the teeter-tottering view of the European Union interesting. It seems that many people have their minds made up as to the organization’s ultimate success or failure; however, I think it’s important to remember that the EU, like any other state actor, is constantly changing (granted there are even more actors at play in the EU than a normal state, making it more prone to fluctuate dramatically). While I have been one to doubt the EU’s ability to stay on its own two feet and really put forth the sacrifices necessary to keep the organization alive, I have been proven wrong of late.
    Having spent time in Spain and seen the ineffectiveness of the government combined with the people’s lack of hope for economic improvement, I deduced that the toll on the EU by suffering states such as Spain, Greece, Italy,Portugal, etc., would weigh down the institution. I figured that other states would be stingy and unwilling to sacrifice of their means and prosperity to help out those states that seem beyond help. What state in their right mind would risk their own financial security at a time of worldwide economic slow-down? On top of that, what state would give up their sovereignty to be involved with an organization that may not actually be benefiting them? Although the EU’s fate can only be judged in time, I have put renewed faith in the EU. This renewal is mostly due to Germany’s dedication to the organization and firm position to help out through this time of crisis.
    In this and other articles in the NYT, the internal struggles between wary members can be seen. I especially enjoyed the comments by Germany of it’s continued investment in the success of the EU. I think that Germany’s influence is currently the glue holding the EU together, regardless of how hard it may be trying to break apart.

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