Europe as a republic: the story of Europe in the twenty first century | openDemocracy

We are living in a formal European governance system, which has lost the essential function of a political system, which is providing the public good. The buzzwords with which the current euro-crisis is negotiated are: governance, federation, integration, structural reforms, growth, competitiveness, subsidiarity. None of these words is clear; none of these words is warm; none of these words contains any normative grounding; none of these words creates a vision for Europe or unites its citizens behind a common good and a common goal, as they are all formal organisational principles.

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