"Americans blame irresponsible banks, while Europeans blame irresponsible southern countries"

Sugestão de leitura, Miguel Poiares Maduro, uma das mentes brilhantes portuguesas com larga experiência na Europa, ao Project Sindicate: “The Euro’s Crisis of Democracy“. Um excerto:

” (…) Consider the very different narratives that have emerged in Europe and the United States about the financial crisis. Both in the US and the EU, some spent more than they could afford, and others granted credit that they ought not to have granted. But Americans blame irresponsible banks, while Europeans blame irresponsible southern countries like Greece.

The reason for this disparity is the scope and level of the politics under which the narratives are framed. In the US, the problem is seen as a national problem regarding the actions of banks and individuals, while in Europe the problem is seen as one arising within some states and affecting other states.

Quite simply, EU politics has not kept pace with the scope and level of the Union’s problems. This is what those who lament the EU’s democratic deficit mean. No EU member state has yet to fully internalize the consequences for their democracy of the interdependence generated by integration.

A few eurozone members’ financial troubles have become a problem for all. An immigration influx into Italy spills over into other EU countries. A wrong assessment by German authorities of the health risk posed by a particular vegetable leads to massive financial losses for farmers across Europe. (…)”

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