Demolish EU’s rigid bureaucracy
Financial Times, March 7th, 2011
What clearer demonstration could there be of the anti-democratic, authoritarian thinking underlying the creation and operation of the European Union than the recommendations in the article you published yesterday by three EU grandees, including its chief architect? What they propose is to substitute for democracy government of bureaucrats, by bureaucrats, for bureaucrats.
This would not simply be a profoundly regressive political false step. Excluding Germany, Eurozone growth has been at dismal levels for many years. What is desperately needed, in an increasingly competitive global economy, is not a rigid, uniform, centrally-imposed, lowest-common-denominator set of economic policies but more, not less, competition and a systematic reduction in bureaucracy.
Europe deserves better from its leaders.