Euroscepticism v. Euroenthusiasm: The Missing Debate
Looking at the worrying rise of Eurosceptic and some extremist parties in the European Parliament elections of May 2014, one should recall Ralf Dahrendorf’s distinction between constitutional and normal politics, noting also his reliance on Karl Popper’s concept of gradual evolution by trial and error. One could then argue that the EU should deconstitutionalise the issue of central versus local power by abandoning the dogma of “more Europe” and making it possible to advocate fewer powers for Brussels without thereby having to become anti-EU. Mainstream parties in Europe must be willing to host views that favor decentralisation. Britain’s desire for a renegotiation of its status within the EU should be treated as an opportunity to introduce greater flexibility into EU political life. Germany should be the first country to grasp and carry forward this opportunity.