Intergovernmentalism

Intergovernmentalism: triple insufficiency

After the last European Council…

, by Translated by Peter Matjašič, Lionel Luttenbacher

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Intergovernmentalism: triple insufficiency

The last EU summit of 21-22 June put the perversity of the intergovernmental system forward once more. One speaks to us about a great success, of a great day for Europe, of one of the most important EU summits in recent years. But the question that should be raised is the following: was it a victory for the Heads of States and Governments and for the States that they represent or for the ideal of a united and political Europe, thus a federal Europe respecting the sense of identity and singularity of each State composing it?

The answer is simple, the current system which is the intergovernmentality - which means that the unit is managed by decisions requiring the unanimity or in fact it is the Member States that decide - does not allow Europe such as we conceive it to progress towards more effectiveness, more taking into account of the word of the citizen and a greater respectability on the international scene.

Inefficiency as a policy

Because those who say intergovernmentality mean unanimity in the decision-making and the right to veto. It is thus not possible to obtain decisions which go in the direction of more Europe because each State defends its interests according to the rules of the game, consequently making it impossible to see the emergence of a united Europe in majority of the fields as a common position on sensitive international issues, on the mode of decision-making etc…

Anti-democracy as action

Since all the decisions are made at eight fields and because the debates are not open to the public, it is comprehensible to intend to say that Europe is directed by bureaucrats, that the decisions are made without dialog. But those who make such real reports precisely propose an answer which goes in the contrary direction of an improvement by asking for reinforcement of the capacities of the States and thus of the intergovernmental system.

A political and independent Europe: impossible adequacy

The most outstanding example and most recent to support this idea is obviously that of the war in Iraq: Europe divided and torn on alignment or not vis-à-vis the American position to invade Iraq as regards the Heads of States and Governments because a majority of the population was against that stance. With a federal and thus more democratic system, the decision would have been allocated to the Head of a democratically elected State and which would have probably made a decision clear on the non-participation of Europe and its denunciation of such an act as an illegitimate war.

It was made very clear that the intergovernmental system belongs to the antipodes of an effective, democratic system allowing the emergence of a political and independent Europe.

The solution is simple, it is a collective awakening of the European imperative that can come only from the people, and the debate must henceforth be open about the fact that the institutional framework that the current European Union has, is no longer suitable for equipping Europe with the means necessary to its existence as an independent political power!

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