Reading Habermas on the periphery of Europe: searching for a model of EU's development – a deeper integration or dissolution? Cover Image

Čitajući Habermasa na rubu Europe: u potrazi za modelom razvoja EU-a - dublja integracija ili razlaz?
Reading Habermas on the periphery of Europe: searching for a model of EU's development – a deeper integration or dissolution?

Author(s): Mile Lasić
Subject(s): EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Mostaru
Keywords: crises and the future of the EU; opposite models; union of national states vs. core Europe; Habermas’s vision; the questionable future of the Western Balkans in the EU;

Summary/Abstract: With Bratislava guidelines there must be a search for the solution of numerous crises in the European Union because the guidelines, which in fact are not guidelines, are a convincing proof of unwillingness of the EU to deal with internal structural reforms after Brexit. In the near 60-year-old history of the EU, whenever the EEC/EC, i.e. the EU, faced structural crises and/or outer geopolitical attacks, a well-thought-of step forward towards a deeper integration was taken, ignoring the concepts of returning the EU to a union of national states. Today this option is back in play. An elitist concept of core Europe and implied satellites needs to be feared as well, because, in the end, they also denote a suspension of the acquis and paving a path towards a two-speed EU, in the core of which there would be more developed members and on the periphery the satellites – the poor countries. That would, de facto, mean abandonment of the EU as it has become through autochthonous development, which could especially be regretted post festum in the peripheral countries of the EU and those which are in the accession process. Their future in the EU would be postponed or suspended. Today the outer and inner opponents of deeper integration within the EU are becoming louder and louder, so that even leading EU experts such as Jürgen Habermas thought that it would be valid to try saving the EU with the core Europe concept which would be tolerated by those countries which could not follow the accelerated tempo and federalist heading of deeper integration. Therefore, this paper inquires about possible directions of surpassing the numerous crises of the EU with the help of early and present Habermas’s instruction, while questioning those as well. The unhidden ambition of the paper is to answer the question: Do the Western Balkans countries have a future in the EU?

  • Issue Year: 6/2017
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 34-63
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Croatian