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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Growth Union

In relying only on austerity and cheap bailout loans, the German-led strategy has proffered a false sense of European integration in the E.U. Even as expanding the bailout funds to roughly 800 billion euros and strengthening the E.U.’s means of enforcing limits on state deficits and debt are along the line of continued incremental shifts of governmental sovereignty from the state governments to that of the E.U., the related austerity (and recession) sparked a populist backlash in several states. At the state level (and this level has a major role at the E.U. level—unlike in the U.S.), the state-rights (i.e., anti-E.U.) parties have been the beneficiaries even if they could not gain outright majorities. The National Front in the state of France is an obvious example, as it captured 18% of the vote in the run up to the general election for the governor there.  Other things equal, such a spike translates into brakes on further European integration in the medium term.

                Different takes on the E.U. and austerity: Sarkozy, Hollande, and Le Pen of France    NYT

The full essay is in Essays on the E.U. Political Economy, available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.