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On Governing Europe: The future of banking, fiscal and political union ‒ and what it means for the UK

  • Date(s)
    18 October 2012
  • Time
    17:45-19.15
  • Location
    Westminster, London
On Governing Europe: The future of banking, fiscal and political union ‒ and what it means for the UK

Policy Network and The Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) will host a public debate to mark the launch of On Governing Europe, a new pamphlet by Andrew Duff MEP.

Speakers:
Andrew Duff, MEP and spokesman on constitutional affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Peter Mandelson,  former EU trade commissioner, former UK first secretary of state and president of Policy Network

Context:
The financial and economic crisis is transforming the way the European Union is governed. Deeper integration is seen as the only credible way to save the euro and lead to economic recovery, but this in turn raises fundamental questions about how the EU is governed.

In this pamphlet Andrew Duff, who is one of the European Union’s most influential reformers and a vocal advocate of a federal Europe, traces what has gone wrong with the first arrangements for economic and monetary union. He describes what the EU has done since 2008 to manage the crisis and to shore up economic governance. He then sets out an agenda for banking union, fiscal union and political union involving urgent action now as well as a serious political commitment by EU leaders and institutions to radical treaty revision in 2015.

Spelling out his vision of the new European polity, Duff argues that the rest of the EU cannot accept another UK veto of the moves towards full federal union by way of the threatened referendum. He proposes to establish a new category of associate membership to cater for the UK if it chooses neither to join nor to block the more united Europe.

Questions for debate:

  • What are the most realistic steps out of the euro crisis?
  • How far is integration in the Eurozone going to change the game for the EU?
  • What should Britain’s attitude be?

Space for this event is limited, if you wish to attend please RSVP to kroberts@policy-network.net

Hard copies of the pamphlet will be available on the day.

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