Monday, February 17, 2014

Intellectuals Petition for EU Reform

A collective of political scientists and economists has launched a petition for reform of the EU, including a corporate income tax (to be paid into an EU budgetary fund amounting to 0.5-1% of EU GDP). And to apportion this tax, they want a genuine EU legislative body:
Notre seconde proposition, la plus importante, découle de la première. Pour voter l'assiette de l'impôt sur les sociétés, et plus généralement pour débattre et adopter démocratiquement et souverainement les décisions fiscales, financières et politiques que l'on décidera à l'avenir de mettre en commun, il faut instituer une Chambre parlementaire de la zone euro.
The French group has apparently been in discussions with the Glienicke group in Germany.

This is an interesting proposal. Examining it seriously would be one way for the Hollande administration to show some initiative on European issues--initiative that has been sorely lacking, thus contributing to the effectiveness of anti-EU rhetoric on the extreme right.