This special review is a compilation of complementary views on the theme of the reform of the eurozone, the purpose of which is to report on the vigor of the debate on this reform in order to encourage citizens to better grasp it, in line with the concern that has been ours for 30 years: European democratization.
In a European Union in great practical and moral difficulty, the eurozone is looking more and more like Europe’s ‘hard-core’ – that has resisted the shocks absorbed by our continent in the past 10 years better than the rest. And this is to be expected: the eurozone is composed of the countries that have chosen the fullest integration. Sharing the same currency, they are firmly embarked on the same course and have no choice but to find ways to live together.
Sharing the same currency entails talking about common taxation and joint investment. Automatically, this raises questions about the means of providing this financing capacity: Defence, social, environment, economic recovery, employment etc. A political Europe, therefore … and democratic as well hopefully … Are we finally getting there?
Problem: The Eurozone is not the EU … how to build a democratic Eurozone while all eyes are fixed on “Brussels” and while the only mechanisms supposed to connect citizens to the European institutions are connected to the EU (European election, European Parliament)?
Through this review of texts contributed by people both eminent and complementary in their profiles, LEAP wishes to affirm the political proposal to democratise the eurozone and demonstrate its potential for modernisation: the eurozone is a terra incognita at the heart of the EU and, as such, provides the perfect opportunity for the development and construction of the Europe of tomorrow that citizens need to seize.
This Special Review provides a rarely acknowledged opportunity to make possible a ‘storming of the Bastille’ of the Eurozone!
Next to articles by LEAP/GEAB, this Special Review gathers contributions by prominent civil servants, economists and politicians both European and extra-European, such as Thomas Wieser, Benoit Coeuré, Frank Vandenbroucke, Thomas Mayer et Daniel Gros, Pierre Larrouturou, Pierre Calame, Cédric du Monceau, Robert Polet, Adrien Piquera, Irina Yarigina or Haihong Gao.
It also includes one of the very last text written by Philippe Maystadt, who unfortunately passed away during the elaboration of the Review. We have wished to dedicate the entire work to his memory.
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