After interviews with the leaders of the centre-right EPP group, the liberal ELDR party and the social democrat PES party, it’s now the turn of the European Green Party. There are two official spokespeople for the European Greens, and we approached both of them for their comments on some of the discussions taking place on Debating Europe. First up, we asked Monica Frassoni about the Eurozone crisis. Is the Euro “dead” as one of our commenters suggests?
The achievements and shortcomings of the old Economic and Monetary Union should be our guide. We need a real economic government, supported by a strong and democratic institutional order, which will make working together easier and not, as is the case now, more difficult. The institutional development of the EU has been stopped short of its completion. And, like a vicious circle and as all federalists predicted, if the EU project does not go forward then it goes back: the less powers, cohesion and resources, the less relevance and capacity to act.
Next, we asked Green MEP Philippe Lamberts about the debate on a “paradigm shift” raised by Peter, a commenter on Debating Europe. The current economic “paradigm” has lifted a billion people out of poverty over the last decade, particularly through the rise of developing economies such as China and India. If we change paradigms now to focus instead on wellness and sustainability, won’t there be a problem of a lack of equality between those countries that have already developed and those that are now “locked out” of developing?
If you have to live within the physical limits of your environment, then the question of equality blows up in your face. If you live in an infinite world, then some will get rich or increase their wellbeing faster than other, but ultimately everyone will get there in the end. But if resources are finite, then you cannot just say “all will get there eventually”, because the issue of equality becomes one of utmost importance. That is part of the paradigm shift necessary in the Western world.
What do YOU think? Is our current economic model broken? Do we need a fiscal union to save the Euro? Will YOU vote for the European Greens? If not, why not? Let us know in the form below, and we’ll take your comments to policy makers and experts for their reactions.
Philippe Lamberts and Monica Frassoni are the official spokespeople of the European Green Party.