Democratising Europe’s economic government: The T-Dem Proposal of a Transnational Parliamentary Assembly

12th May 2021 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Conversations for the Future of Europe
In the third installment of the Conversations for the Future of Europe series, speakers Antoine Vauchez, Joachim Blatter and Siyana Timcheva will discuss the T-Dem Proposal of a Transnational Parliamentary Assembly as a way of democratizing Europe’s economic government.

Over the past two decades, the rise of a government of the Euro with ever-increasing fiscal, budgetary and economic competences, and redistributive consequences across national borders, has moved the center of gravity of European politics in an intermediary sphere in between the national and the supranational. This presentation will question the sort of political institutions that are best able to organise transnational social and political compromises in this context, and to counter-balance the continuous strengthening of executive powers -whether national and European.


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Conversations for the Future of Europe 2021

To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilize its citizens so as tomake such steps possible, it is not enough to analyse the past and criticize the present. It is crucial to concoct concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to a no-nonsense, multidisciplinary discussion. The conversations for the future of Europe aim to contribute to such a discussion. 

A concern for concreteness and political feasibility should be present throughout, the aim being, as in Robert Schuman’s 1950 declaration, “des réalisations concrètes” rather than vague dreams. However, this should not prevent us from bearing in mind Max Weber’s warning at the end of 

Politik als Beruf : Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. A concern for feasibility is compatible with boldness. Indeed, it may require it.