Would more integration save Europe’s social model?

The argument is very overblown – and where deeper integration really would benefit Europe, it appears to be the last thing that national leaders want.

At high-level gatherings of the European Union elite, one often hears the following type of statement: “Europe must integrate and centralise economic governance in order to defend its social model in an age of globalisation.” The European Commission’s president, José Manuel Barroso, and his counterpart at the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, are particularly keen on this argument.

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