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European Union and Citizens
"Rules, but a vision above all"
on September 10, 2012, 16:30
In an interview for the Italian journal Il Mulino, whose French and English versions are published by Notre Europe, Jacques Delors gives its vision of today's Europe. He analyses measures taken by political leaders to
put an end to the financial, economic and political crisis that Europe is dealing with. According to him, "the rules will reach their limits and will not be able to replace a clear vision of what we want to do together".
He favours a new institutional set-up that should be offered to the deliberation of the peoples of Europe. In the context of the forthcoming European elections in 2014, he suggests that European parties could agree on a project for Europe within a "Federation of Nation States".
Jacques Delor advocates for a strengthening of parliamentary debates at national level so that citizens would have more influence over the choices thatare done in Europe.
He also thinks that the current "greater Europe" will not be able to have ambitions as great as those cherished from the 50s to the 80s; hence there's a need for differentiation to let the driving forces for growth work in domains such as Schengen, the Euro and perhaps defence.