The current political debate on the division of competences within the EU hides more than it clarifies. We see that discussions within this debate often skip directly to concrete policy questions, without addressing the underlying considerations of what is fundamentally at stake. The problem with this focus on questions such as whether Europe should or should not have a say in the shape of cucumbers or the requirements of light bulbs is that there is nothing distinctive or meaningful in the long run to be said about them. Continue reading
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) opened a dialogue on the principle of subsidiarity in Greece with a four-day roadshow organized in cooperation with the Greek Center for Liberal Studies (KEFIM-Markos Dragoumis). The guiding principle of the road show was the notion that many citizens consider “subsidiarity” rather an academic theory than a concept relevant to their own lives. Although it is discussed most frequently in distant Brussels, it should be in the focal point of citizens and local politicians alike.