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  • A Stable Economic System for Europe
  • The Teachings of the Action Committee for the United States of Europe (Monnet Committee)

    The difficulties as well as the successes that the EU faces today are not different from those of the past. They stem, as in the past decades of the Community, from nationalistic attitudes, national self interest, over cautious behaviors and, above all, from various fears: fear of the future, fear of one’s neighbor, suspicion of technological advances and a general feeling of insecurity. However, for a quarter of a century, there was a man who worked behind the European scene with the aim of surmounting all such hurdles. That man was Jean Monnet. He was permanently involved in the gradual construction of a united Europe. It was commonplace to consider that the so-called "Monnet method" could contribute to resolve most of the disputes and disagreements inherent in such a process. The "me...

  • Defence as an Engine of European Political Integration
  • Towards a European Party System
  • For a New Humanism of the Economy

    The Social Doctrine of the Church (SDC) can contribute to define a "new humanism in the economy", since the economy needs ethics in order to function correctly. SDC identifies four permanent principles: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity, which can be summarized in the "integral human development and the central role of the person". By convention, the SDC begins with Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical Letter "Rerum Novarum" (1891) and its construction has happened through the addition of arguments, and the deepening into the discussion of these arguments, made by the pontifical encyclicals from Pius XI until Bededict XVI, passing through the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the...

  • No Virtute like Necessity? Cooperation between the Poles of National Sovereignity and European Army - Some Thoughts for a Systemic Approach
  • Reinforcing Economy and Monetary Union and Welfare State Policy

    This Paper raises three arguments to reinforce the economic and social aspects of the Economic and Monetary Union. First, the Welfare State is not responsible for the crisis and its effects on fiscal deficits and unemployment levels. Second, the reduction of public deficits cannot be based on more cutbacks in social policies. Third, if analysts and citizens would better perceive the incentives and costs of public policies, governmental actions should gain in efficiency, stability, equity and stimulus of economic growth. These arguments are developed from three perspectives: the Welfare State as a public expenditure, as a framework of social policies, and as a sustainable common investment. In conclusion, by opposition to the neo-liberal paradigm and its insistence on reducing the size o...

  • Social Market Economy and Economic Democracy: the Trade Union's Role

    The paper discusses the role that the trade union can play in the construction of the new European Social Market Economy, widening the frontiers of democracy. In the current situation of "social dismantling", it is necessary in fact to increase the number of the protagonists of the political, economic, and social life, emphasising the principle of the common good and its cultural values. In this framework, according to the Author, the trade union must take full responsibility for directing, controlling and managing economic and social choices, shifting from the "culture of consequences" to the "culture of project", in order to contribute to a good, or at least decent, life expectancy for everybody.

  • Social Market Economy and Its Universal Validity

    The purpose of this analysis was to outline the concept, the principles and the universality of social market economy. Its elements are not only valid in Europe, but they can rather be applied worldwide. As most of the highly developed countries in the world show signs of the institutions of social market economy and the good economic performance can be traced back to these institutions, social market economy is applicable worldwide. Furthermore, the successful implementation of the principles of social market economy in countries with unstable social and economic conditions, as shown in the example of post-war Germany, underlines the universality of the concept. There is absolutely no proof that a European model is by any means more competitive or more social or more successful, than a...

  • Social Market Economy and the European Union. Ordnungspolitik during the Crisis

    Although the notion Ordnungspolitik still remains foreign to many Europeans, it could be seen as a leitmotiv of Social Market Economy. The history of European integration has not followed Röpke’s ideal of "bottom-up integration", of liberalism and charity that begins "at home". However, European integration has to some extent been successful in terms of Ordnungspolitik. This is mainly thanks to the handover of responsibilities such as open markets and the protection of competition to largely independent bodies (such as the European Commission and the ECJ). However, in the area of fiscal and monetary policy, self-commitment via Treaties (the Stability and Growth Pact) and delegation (ECB) has proven itself to be inadequate and lacking in credibility. Thereby, the current crisis of confid...

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