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Confederal Europe: A relational Economic Plan | Strong nations, strong union

Confederal Europe: A relational Economic Plan | Strong nations, strong union

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Confederal Europe: A relational Economic Plan | Strong nations, strong union

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186 pagine
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Pubblicato:
Jan 10, 2019
ISBN:
0000178450005
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Europe stands at a turning point. The long trek towards political unification has been championed by the large numbers of, usually, wealthier Europeans who have gained most by globalism and the Single Market. This publication proposes a Relational Economic plan for Europe.... for more information and a downloadable summary (FREE): https://sallux.eu/news/newest-sallux-publication-available-now.html
Pubblicato:
Jan 10, 2019
ISBN:
0000178450005
Formato:
Libro

Informazioni sull'autore

David John Lee read geography at Oxford University before going to Canada to study theology and taking up a career in writing. He has authored or co-authored several books, including The R Factor (1993) and The Relational Manager (2009), and written position papers on Relational Thinking and Relational Risk. He is also co-originator of the Relational Proximity® Framework. Resident for many years in France, he currently holds the position of Content and Conceptual Director for a major international leadership training group.

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Confederal Europe - David John Lee

David John Lee, Paul Mills and Michael Schluter have asserted their right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as Authors of this work. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,

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Relational Research

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Relational Research, based in Cambridge, UK, is a not-for-profit think tank and incubator of organizations. Its task is to develop ideas and applications in the field of Relational Thinking. It carries out original research, and also incubates companies, social enterprises and NGOs that seek to apply Relational Thinking in their spheres of activity.

AUTHORS

DAVID JOHN LEE read geography at Oxford University before going to Canada to study theology and taking up a career in writing. He has authored or co-authored several books, including The R Factor (1993) and The Relational Manager (2009), and written position papers on Relational Thinking and Relational Risk.

He is also co-originator of the Relational Proximity® Framework.

Resident for many years in France, he currently holds the position of Content and Conceptual Director for a major international leadership training group.

Dr. PAUL MILLS joined the UK Treasury after completing his PhD at Cambridge University on non-debt financial thinking and systems. He specialized in government debt management, financial stability analysis and regulation. He joined the IMF and moved to Washington D.C. in early 2006 to work on global financial stability issues and the U.S. financial system. He returned to the U.K. in late 2009 to head the Fund’s London office focusing on financial market surveillance and stability analysis. He left the IMF in early 2017.

Dr. MICHAEL SCHLUTER trained as an economist before working for the International Food Policy Research Institute and then the World Bank in East Africa. He is now a social entrepreneur and has launched charities engaged in international peace-building, alternative finance, and social policy. In 1994, he launched the Relationships Foundation. He is co-author of The R Factor (1993), Jubilee Manifesto (2005) and The Relational Lens (2017). An experienced international speaker, he was awarded a CBE in 2009.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors would like to acknowledge and thank the many people who

have been influential in the writing of this report, among them Johannes de Jong, Noemi Mena Montes, and Joshua Hemmings. In particular, they would like to thank Sallux, whose funding made the report possible, and the Jubilee Centre for administrative support. The views expressed, and any shortcomings the report may contain, belong to the authors alone.

CONTENTS

Foreword 6

Executive Summary 8

Why the EU Isn’t Working 15

The Impact of the Euro 19

The Impact of Debt 28

The Impact of Capital 44

The Impact of Population 57

A European Stability and Growth Strategy 72

Relational Thinking as a Political

and Economic Philosophy 91

Relational Values for Europe 94

FOREWORD

Whether the UK will ultimately leave the EU is still uncertain, but the Brexit referendum achieved a broad realization that the EU needs fundamental change. Our political movement has many times pointed out that the old paradigm of ‘more EU’ needs urgent review. It is regrettable that it took the imminent threat of UK withdrawal to reach this point.

The European Commission has responded by putting forward five options for the future institutional shape of the EU. This report takes the challenge deeper. It addresses issues, far beyond the institutions, which determine the EU’s future sustainability. In many ways the erosion of support for the EU reflects the wider crisis of confidence that can be seen in many Member States: not just a gap between electorates and their representative bodies or governments, but a problem in the fundamental relations that shape our societies and maintain our democracies.

Ultimately the future of the EU rests on our ability as Europeans to find common ground and common values. The Christian faith has powerfully shaped the values that underpin European democracies. Notwithstanding our rich cultural diversity, we can unite around respect for human dignity, an idea that rests on a Christian understanding that every individual has a unique value expressed and respected in the way our society shapes its relationships.

More than ever we need an EU that takes this approach to heart. Answering the multiple challenges of climate change, economic disparity, war, terrorism, human displacement and migration all require the EU to find common ground with the citizens of its own Member.

The writing of this report began well before the urgency of the current situation became clear. Sallux thanks David John Lee, Paul Mills and Michael Schluter for their excellent work, and thanks those at the Jubilee Centre and in the wider Relational Thinking movement who have been such a great source of inspiration and support.

To make this alternative known to the people of Europe we created the Confederal Europe Platform. This multi-lingual website offers you information, events, downloads about Confederal Europe in many languages.

www.confederal-europe.eu

We hope that this report may contribute to the work of the European Christian Political Movement, to a better EU and therefore to a better future for all.

Sallux Board and Team

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

THE EUROPEAN UNION AS IT IS

Europe stands at a turning point.

The long trek towards political unification has been championed by the large numbers of, usually, wealthier Europeans who have gained most by globalism and the Single Market. But the prolonged economic slowdown following 2008, worsened by many nations’ barely sustainable debt positions, has revealed, and given voice to, a groundswell of discontent. Today, electorates in many major EU nations are split down

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