Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yes, a deeper yet less/better regulated and legislated EU is feasible!

In the UK and other member states of the EU, "Brussels" are accused of producing complex, too much or simply bad laws and that is used as a premise for arguing against a deeper union or even return of (reclaim of) EU legislative competences or existing EU laws "back to" the national level!

Yet, over-regulation and over-legislation are not an endemic element of a deeper EU. There can be a deeper EU with fewer and better regulations and laws, but that means at fewer and better regulations and laws both the EU and the national (and state eg laender) level! And to a large extent of course the full replacement of national and sub-federal laws in some members states with federal structure (eg Germany) with EU laws. And a model of full shared EU sovereignty.

In other words over-regulation & over-legislation is a perennial (national) problem in most Member States that, "simply", has been "transposed" to the EU level over the last decades via the transfer of policy and law making mentalities of the member states to the EU level. And most politicians who accuse "Brussels" of over-regulation & over-legislation choose to ignore that same problem in their own countries!

Hence, there can be a better regulated and legislated deeper EU but some politicians in most member states must be willing to cut the BS.

Competitiveness. growth and employment in 2010

How many countries nowadays have a competitiveness model that is "working" and takes into account the global systemics? Are global systemics too complex and/or volatile for any country to develop a competitiveness, growth and employment model that works?

Is the present and future type of new jobs in the USA United States mostly low skill - low pay ones? In the EU? Can any model avert that? IMO, yes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Goals or exports?

What is more important? The performance of a country's national soccer (football) team or of its economy?

EU lessons from Classical Greece

What lessons are there for the EU in the city-states of Classical Greece and the Hellenic, Delian and Peloponnesian Leagues?

Some thoughts re Independence and Sovereigny in 2010+ (on the occasion of July 4)

What factors define independence or sovereignty in 2010+?

Legislative independence from others? (eg "Brussels", a popular topic in England)? But then how about international law (eg trade agreements being a topic of debate in the US these days)?

Energy autarky?

Capital autarky? Do foreign investments and/or trade deficit undermine sovereignty? Should countries make a distinction between investment by private vs state foreign investors?

Yet, unlike people & goods, pollution (CO2 or nuclear), birds, the wind, volcanic ash, earthquakes, etc do not need permissions to cross borders.

Once upon a time a city was the optimal size of a state - country. What Is the optimal size today? Continental? Global (planetary)?

PS. What about the independence of a country and the global economy from speculative global finance?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

US and EU: Politics from the centre

Seems that many in the US media like bringing up intra #EU squabbles in order to forget or feel better re the ongoing US political mess (see eg the "situation" in the US Senate).

It is IMO apparent that the US poitical scene desperately needs a centrist political party (like eg the UK's LibDems) if not for Presidential elections, at least for federal and state House and Senate races and state Governor races.


Because there are IMO simply too many middle of the road minded American voters who cannot feel represented by either most GOP or Democrat candidates.

Of course something analogous is the case in some European countries where centrist parties do not exist and centrist - middle of the road voters have to choose between 2: Allegedly "centre-right" and "centre-left" parties!

When did we elect "The Markets"?

When did what the "markets" think become a surrogate for people's own opinion on what is going on in the world?

I do not recall going to a voting booth and electing "The Markets" as my representative in the political, public opinion or economic life!

Sovereignty in 2010+ terms

Decisions re self/household, company, country require effective awareness of both internal and external systemics and dynamics. Are you aware how economic, financial, political, policy and other systemics in the world affect your household, your company, your country?

How many households, companies, countries have the ability to adapt or capitalise on global and regional new systemics, dynamics, trends? IMO this ability of a country to adapt or capitalise on global & regional new systemics, dynamics, trends constitutes "Sovereignty" in 2010+