On the limitations of the European Parliament

The Parliament lacks certain essential powers for fully exercising its democratic mandate and for exerting effective control over the institutions it scrutinises. Its inherent limitations can be attributed to the very nature of the European Union as an inter-state-treaties-based system, a peculiar quasi-confederation.

Euro and the gradualist path to political union

The euro, just as the European integration process in general, is underpinned by a specific approach to rule formation: gradualism. In the present article, the gradualist mindset is analysed and presented in its context, to illustrate that it is the mark of an inter-governmentalist tradition that must be overcome.

On the statelessness and flawed governance of the euro

The euro is a stateless currency. Instead of a government it features a rules-based system for economic governance. The specifics of this order hamper any effort to conduct context-aware economic policy. They also contribute to an overall debasement of democratic life, as the content and overriding objective of policy is largely predetermined.

On Draghi’s “political centre” for the Euro

Mr. Draghi’s notion of a “political centre” is quite an accurate description of the direction of future European integration: that of centralised-and-centralising top-down control. His vision is not different from what we already find in the rules and underlying mindset of the Economic and Monetary Union. It actually is a more pronounced commitment to the most alienating aspects of this order.

Varoufakis is wrong about Renzi

Mr. Varoufakis is turning a political issue into a personal squabble. He thus fails to make a proper analysis of the case. The EU’s flaws are structural and primarily constitutional. They derive from inter-governmentalism and will only be addressed by the establishment of a European Democracy. Accusing individual leaders or the EU as a whole for dictatorial practices is analytically incorrect and tactically misguided, as it does not advance our understanding of the issue nor does it provide a solid foundation for a genuine alternative.

Is Grexit a mere bluff?

“Grexit”—the [dis]orderly exit of Greece from the euro—is being used as a negotiating instrument. It is erroneous to perceive of it as a mere bluff, simply because no straightforward exit from the single currency is envisaged in EU law. There are legal and extra-legal ways to make Grexit happen. Any government not willing to submit to far-reaching demands from its creditors had better take this seriously and try to formulate an alternative.