The European Commission’s White paper on governance is considered to be an important part of the legitimizing strategy favoured by the commission: as a first preparatory step before the constitutional negotiations, it outlines the Commission’s outlook on the normative principles that should guide European governance in the years to come – what is more, a … Continue reading Governance with the people?
Europe is thus closed off from its own history and has reinstated its internal borders externally. But it also attempts to consolidate a certain political ethos, while expelling its evil twin in the same gesture. Or, if as we have seen Donald Tusk put it, we must not submit to populist arguments. In Laclau’s affirmative … Continue reading Moral Fortress Europe II: Against populism
We have briefly considered how the initial permissive consensus was ended in part because the self-perception of the European Union as a ‘community of winners’ became increasingly less tenable. This is especially true in times of economic crisis, but we saw Majone claim that after rapid catch-up with the United States in the immediate postwar … Continue reading Moral Fortress Europe I: Peace and Human Rights
In the last few posts, we have considered the way politics is situated within the EU, focusing on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and its 'underhanded' way of furthering negative integration from a position that is above and beyond the reach of national politics and publics. This minimizes the political risk and opposition that has … Continue reading Fait accompli politics