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    The limits of social Europe: EU law and the Ordoliberal agenda

    Dale, G. and El-Enany, Nadine (2013) The limits of social Europe: EU law and the Ordoliberal agenda. German Law Journal 14 (5), pp. 613-650. ISSN 2071-8322.

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    Since the global economic crisis began in 2007, the EU’s response has been an attempt to muddle through, but it is generally recognized that more far-reaching changes to its structures are inevitable in the long term. One possible trajectory is towards disintegration; another is towards an increasingly “multi-speed” Europe—possibly accompanied by a splintering of the Eurozone whereby one or more smaller countries depart. A third possibility is closer union. Many would agree with the proposition that if destructive centrifugal forces are to be kept at bay, the next step for the EU must be political union, including a fiscal and transfer union—one that requires countries of the developed core supporting their brethren struggling at the periphery. Through this fraternal process, the EU will be able to achieve a new constitutional moment, a moment of refoundation in which its “social” soul is rediscovered. No longer will corporate lobbies be granted privileged access to the offices of Brussels. Powerful and democratically accountable institutions will be constructed, and geared around one of the EU’s defining values: Solidarity.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
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    Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 12:31
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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