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2014-10-21

Suveränt - FT-artikel ställer frågan om EMU och även EU spricker av tvister om gränser och budgetar

Borders and budgets risks provoking political crises
that could plausibly culminate in the break-up of the euro, or even the EU.

Gideon Rachman, FT October 20, 2014

Speaking on television earlier this year, Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, declared that his government’s budget would not be written to “satisfy Brussels”, adding – “We are a great nation" -France is a sovereign country.”

I winced when I heard that. It was one of those statements that actually sounds less convincing the more defiantly it is uttered.

For the fact is that France is not a sovereign country when it comes to budgetary matters – and nor are the other 17 countries that have adopted the European single currency.

In the next few days that truth could become brutally apparent.

France is not alone in struggling with the constraints on its national sovereignty imposed by Europe.
Britain too is wrestling with the fact that, under European law, it cannot prevent unlimited immigration from the rest of the EU.

Control of borders and budgets are two of the most traditional powers of the nation.

The extent to which France and Britain are chafing against European erosion of their sovereignty, on these issues, risks provoking political crises that could plausibly culminate in the break-up of the euro, or even the EU.

German Constitutional Court

Var det bara Margit Gennser som röstade emot Schengen i Sveriges riksdag?

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