Are We There Yet? The Road to a Political Union through the Eyes of the V4 Members

January 17, 2013

Publisher: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

Summary: One could hardly imagine a more controversial EU-related issue for the Visegrad countries than that of political union. It is tricky, and not only because the contours of the current debate are blurred and the proposals on the table rather vague. None of the Visegrad  countries has yet developed particularly strong strategic thinking vis-à-vis the future of European integration.

For the Visegrad countries, the EU is still mainly about the single market and cohesion policy, and they have preferred to engage in solving practical problems relating to their functioning. On the other hand, the V4 countries perceive debating political union as institutional engineering underpinned with ideas they do not necessarily share.

Therefore, raising the issue of political union evokes a certain anxiety in the V4 capitals, because of fears of dominance by Germany or other powerful member states, a further surrender of sovereignty and competences to Brussels, and the threat of national institutions.

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