Europe on the Brink: Democratic Values and the Single Currency

The EU is not democratic. Neither the EC, nor the Council of Ministers, nor the European Central Bank is democratically accountable; and they cannot be made so, because Europe is not a nation.

Issue: Spring 1998

The process of European political integration is moving at speed,
cheered on by the United States. Europe, the argument goes, has been
the place where the wars start, wars into which America is ultimately
dragged, and European political union will put an end to such
conflicts. And as far as U.S. foreign policy is concerned, things
will be a good deal easier once there is a common European foreign
and security policy, providing, as it were, the State Department with
a single number to call in Europe.

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