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We Need to be Able to Disagree on European Policies. Bruegel Third-Party Papers, January 2006

Pisani-Ferry, Jean. (2006) We Need to be Able to Disagree on European Policies. Bruegel Third-Party Papers, January 2006. [Policy Paper]

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    This comment by Jean Pisani-Ferry is based on an intervention made at the international conference "Beyond the Crisis: Fifteen Proposals for Italy’s European Policy" organised in Rome by the Istituto Affari Internazionali on 23 and 24 January 2006. The document by Greco, Padoa-Schioppa and Silvestri is a very topical and interesting attempt to define a bipartisan consensus on European issues. It can be looked at through Italian and European lenses. From an Italian perspective, it can be regarded as a skillful initiative to get the major political groupings to accept that there is common ground on Europe so as to maintain a continuous and credible foreign policy. But it is also relevant from a European perspective: the UK, France, the Netherlands and Poland are all countries where Europe is not consensual. The same question continues to come up there and elsewhere: is there a reasonable common ground on Europe? Can there be, should there be a "Brussels consensus" (to use a variant of John Williamson's "Washington consensus")? An attempt will be made here to examine the problem from this angle.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Brussels consensus.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Countries > Italy
    Countries > France
    Countries > Netherlands
    Countries > Poland
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    Series: Series > Bruegel (Brussels) > Third-party Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008
    Page Range: p. 5
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:53

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