|Author (Person)||von Ondarza, Nicolai|
|Publisher||German Institute for International and Security Affairs|
|Series Title||SWP Comments|
|Series Details||No.50, November 2015|
|Publication Date||November 2015|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The European Union faces a fundamental dilemma. On the one hand, pressure to reform its structures is growing. The hard negotiations with Greece in summer 2015 have revived the debate on deepening the Eurozone, while at the same time London is pushing to roll back integration, at least for itself. On the other hand, national governments reject any moves that would require a treaty change (such as transfer of powers) as politically impossible.
Legal options for evading the dilemma and developing the Union by 'covert integration' do exist, but these require unanimous political agreement among all the national governments – and would in the medium term require treaty changes to restore transparency and democratic legitimacy.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|