The problem is that a single integrated market cannot be sustainable without strong supporting public institutions. And here, the Commission is at fault for its lack of vision. The free-market fundamentalism of Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, who in 2004 famously quipped that he wanted to be remembered for the new regulations he would refuse to adopt, combined here with the Commission’s traditional turf protection, which makes it wary of any new EU-level bodies that would not be itself.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The number of people who consider French membership of the EU a good thing has fallen from a peak of 74 per cent in 1987 to 47 per cent last year.
“Many of our fellow citizens seem to use Europe as a blank screen on which to project their social, economic and identity concerns,” says Pascal Perrineau, a professor at Sciences Po university in Paris.