Curtis: Is Jean Monnet’s dream for Europe ending in nightmare?

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3 October, 2011
By: John Curtis
Adjunct Professor at Queen's University and Chair of Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee on International Trade Statistics

On the contrary, Jean Monnet’s dream of a united Europe, both politically and economically, is taking slowly taking shape….one of the great developments, if not the greatest together with the gradual equality of women world-wide, in the late 20th century.

There are, were, and will be speed-bumps along the way…we’re going through that now…but the idea of Europe is intact. In addition to the Commission, the Council of Ministers, and other pan-European institutions, there is now an increasingly-relevant European Parliament. More unified policy instruments to support the European currency, for example, will come as the results of not having such disciplines become obvious to all….policy change is incremental in all democracies, Europe included, but the the way forward is clear. The European dream in intact!

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