In the Yugoslav Mirror: The EU Disintegration Crisis

Becker, Joachim (2017) In the Yugoslav Mirror: The EU Disintegration Crisis. Globalizations, 14 (6). pp. 793-802. ISSN 1474-7731

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The Yugoslav and the present EU integration crisis display several parallels. In both cases, the integration models have proved to be unable to attenuate the uneven development patterns, and the state has been characterised by strong confederal elements. Deep economic crisis strengthened in both cases the centrifugal tendencies. The political discourse became increasingly dominated by the question "who exploits whom?". While central authorities pursued policies of neo-liberal structural adjustment eroding its legitimacy among the popular classes, the republican authorities in Yugoslavia, respectively, the national governments in the EU tried to shift the burden of the crises to the others and strengthened their role during the crisis management. With the deepening of the crisis, constitutional reform became an issue in Yugoslavia. In the Yugoslav case, the various proposals proved to be irreconcilable. In the EU, a debate on its future shape has begun as well. This issue is highly controversial. In the EU, a key problem is the relationship between euro zone and non-euro zone states. Such an institutional divide did not exist in Yugoslavia. It is significant that the leading state of the non-euro zone group, the UK, is the first state to exit the EU. A key question is whether the EU has already passed the critical point where a deep reform is still possible.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EU, Yugoslavia, disintegration
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Außenwirtschaft und Entwicklung
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 08:48
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 17:15
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