Europe – Beyond Supranationalism

Back in 2009, when the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, many observers expected a pause in the European integration process after almost a decade of hard bargaining over the revision of the Union’s contractual foundations. After several resounding defeats for governments in referendums on treaties, it looked like a consolidation phase was on the cards rather than great leaps forward or the pursuit of more comprehensive or even grandiose integration schemes. Such an assessment is evidently light years away from the stance of today’s political leaders, who have been adopting new instruments and establishing new institutions in quick succession since the spring of 2010. The reconstruction of the eurozone and the EU is in full swing. Political economist and ATTAC Germany council member Alexis Passadakis analyses these developments and identifies options for resistance.

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