European Council President, Herman van Rompuy, is preparing a White Paper on Europe's future (photo:dpa)

The future of the European Union – options, strategies, scenarios

Observers and politicians agree on only one thing about the European Union – that it will have to look different in five or ten years. Uncertainty about the future governance structure of the EU has never been so great. Radical scenarios of a ‘United States of Europe’ or of a return to a ‘European customs union’ both seem unlikely. However, there are many options of a differentiated integration in between. In the first of a series of GIS reports, Prof Dr Michael Wohlgemuth analyses Europe’s options and scenarios for rebuilding the EU.

EUROPE is at a crossroads - a standard phrase since the beginning of post-war European integration - but today the predicament is real.

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Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
Some experts see a fully-fledged European fiscal union with a European finance minister who supervises national budgets - including tax and pension schemes - as the only way out. Others argue that the eurocrisis shows that the ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy is a dead end, that the EU is already over-centralised and needs to be trimmed back to its beneficial core – an enhanced single market
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