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This Week at ISN 2013-10-18

This Week at ISN 2013-10-18

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Because of the EU’s structural problems, Europe remains strategically disorganized. It doesn’t appear, though, that the supranational dream of ‘Federal Europe’ is going to help overcome this disorganization. A revived intergovernmental model of cooperation may well weaken EU institutions in the long-run, which means that serious socio-economic problems, such as youth unemployment, will not get dealt with as they should. Ultimately, ‘fixing Europe’ may require a revived belief in political solidarity and the acceptance that the short-term pain of some decisions will actually benefit everyone’s longer-term self-interests. Ah, but does Europe as a whole have the enthusiasm for such changes?
Because of the EU’s structural problems, Europe remains strategically disorganized. It doesn’t appear, though, that the supranational dream of ‘Federal Europe’ is going to help overcome this disorganization. A revived intergovernmental model of cooperation may well weaken EU institutions in the long-run, which means that serious socio-economic problems, such as youth unemployment, will not get dealt with as they should. Ultimately, ‘fixing Europe’ may require a revived belief in political solidarity and the acceptance that the short-term pain of some decisions will actually benefit everyone’s longer-term self-interests. Ah, but does Europe as a whole have the enthusiasm for such changes?

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ETH ZurichInternational Relations and Security Networkwww.isn.ethz.ch
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Europe at a Crossroads
Because of the EU's structural problems, Europe remains strategically disorganized. It doesn't appear, though, that thesupranational dream of 'Federal Europe' is going to help overcome this disorganization. A revived intergovernmentalmodel of cooperation may well weaken EU institutions in the long-run, which means that serious socio-economicproblems, such as youth unemployment, will not get dealt with as they should. Ultimately, 'fixing Europe' may require arevived belief in political solidarity and the acceptance that the short-term pain of some decisions will actually benefiteveryone's longer-term self-interests. Ah, but does Europe as a whole have the enthusiasm for such changes?
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