The Sense and Nonsense of the EU Integration Debate
European Review, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2014.
Posted: 10 Jan 2014 Last revised: 29 May 2014
Date Written: January 10, 2014
The current financial crisis in the Eurozone has put the debate on EU integration back on the table. Yet, how does the debate on EU integration, particularly the arguments and ideals used in it, actually influence the process of EU integration? This article wishes to provide some food for thought by arguing the debate’s irrelevance in furthering or hindering EU integration process. It does so by discussing the role of the debate’s arguments in shaping EU integration and comparing the EU debate with the one that the founding fathers of the US waged. The article shows the debate is beside the point largely because most steps in EU integration are driven by circumstances, events, or national interests, that even when one argument seems decisive it is likely to be elevated over others by circumstances, and that none of the debate’s arguments hold an intrinsic value over others.
Keywords: EU integration debate, US integration, Europhiles and Eurosceptics
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