By Robin Emmott – It is a club that is open to all of Europe, but not all members are equal.
As the euro zone debt crisis forces the currency area to integrate more closely to survive, those outside the bloc but in the European Union are worried that they will be left as junior partners without a say.
Danish diplomats described Friday’s (Mar 30, 2012) debate – the first time such a discussion has formally been on the agenda – as a “philosophical” discussion on the future of the European Union.
Many EU officials concede that things are getting unwieldy, even for experts who struggle to decipher the structures intended to unify the EU’s 500 million citizens.
- Jean-Claude Trichet: ‘We need to go further’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Merkel: Needed EU treaty changes will take years (cbsnews.com)
- Meet The Uber-Kommissar: Germany Expands European Domination Plan; Will Enact European Budget Supervision Panel (zerohedge.com)
- Analysis: Europe ponders free trade or fair trade (news.yahoo.com)
- Why Scots’ support for EU membership is going down (burdzeyeview.wordpress.com)
- Answering how an independent Scotland would work in the EU is much more mundane than anyone seems to want to admit (jonworth.eu)
- How to Be a European (Union) Philosopher (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Schaeuble: European Firewall Sufficient, No More Increases (forexlive.com)
- No Complacency: Euro Survival Requires Political Union, Carlo Bastasin, Brookings Institution
- The Eurozone in Crisis, Christopher Alessi, Council on Foreign Relations
- The euro crisis: Central European lessons, Jacques Rupnik, eurozine