Thursday, February 18, 2010

O fim do poder local

The European Union has shown its righteous wrath by stripping Greece of its vote at a crucial meeting next month, the worst humiliation ever suffered by an EU member state.

The council of EU finance ministers said Athens must comply with austerity demands by March 16 or lose control over its own tax and spend policies altogether. It if fails to do so, the EU will itself impose cuts under the draconian Article 126.9 of the Lisbon Treaty in what would amount to economic suzerainty.

While the symbolic move to suspend Greece of its voting rights at one meeting makes no practical difference, it marks a constitutional watershed and represents a crushing loss of sovereignty.

"We certainly won't let them off the hook," said Austria's finance minister, Josef Proll, echoing views shared by colleagues in Northern Europe. Some German officials have called for Greece to be denied a vote in all EU matter until it emerges from "receivership". (...)
Não sei exactamente como é que este processo de transferência progressiva do poder local para as mãos das instituições da União Europeia quadra com a defesa que a maior parte dos políticos europeus faz dos "centros de decisão nacional" no que diz respeito a assuntos económicos, mas gostaria de conhecer os argumentos.
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