Progressive Futures

A new promise for Europe

9 September 2013

How the elections to the European Parliament can stop Eurosion

Olaf Cramme
Arian Meyer
Jo Ritzen

Europe is in a state of “Eurosion”. The EU is gradually turning into a union of vague and abstract notions that risk ignoring the real social and economic aspirations of it’s citizens. Few attempts have been made to spell out an idea of progress that can capture the imagination of Europe’s citizens, many of which no longer regard the Union as a vehicle for positive change. Populism and euroscepticism have never had it so easy.

Yet there is still a chance to halt this Eurosion. In a new Policy Network paper, Olaf Cramme, Arian Meyer and Jo Ritzen set out a sharper alternative vision for Europe than that currently on offer. They do not consider Europe to be the new locus of government. The case for Europe should rest on providing indispensable levers and institutions to support individual countries in their own reform efforts, aiding the equitable creation of wealth and welfare across generations.

The authors urge pro-European reformers to rally around a new agenda that exhibits a greater clarity about policy priorities; a sharper view of where the EU can actually add real value; and a new institutional compromise that can increase the responsiveness of democratic politics in Europe. The paper makes proposals about how such a new agenda can be built in pursuit of full employment, less inequality and more greening

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