“What if the EU …?”
An Exercise in Counterfactual Thinking to Address Current Dilemmas
What if the EU had never created the Euro? What if it had bridged the Cypriot divide? What if leaders had created political union at Maastricht? European think tanks spend too little time pondering how things could be and too much time asking why they are as they are. The nine essays compiled here shed light on a good cross section of the EU’s activities. For anyone interested in critical engagement with the EU, these creative thought-exercises are designed to broaden the options.
Concept: The Thinking behind the “What If …?” Project
Roderick Parkes and Almut Möller
Completing the Mission: What If the Visegrad Group no Longer Existed?
Transforming the EU from within: What If Europeans Had Made Truly Ambitious Commitments after the Arab Spring?
Living Awkwardly Ever After: What If the British Had Voted to Leave the European Economic Community in 1975?
Facing up to Democratic Deficiencies: What If National Parliaments had Robust Euro Governance Powers At Their Disposal?
Nicolai von Ondarza
Coyly Courting Ukraine: What If the EU Had Offered Its Neighbor a Membership Perspective in 2004?
Seizing the Moment: What If the EU Had Bridged the Cypriot Divide?
Thinking Big: What If EU Leaders Had Been Bold Enough to Create European Political Union at Maastricht?
Considering a New Normal: What If Yugoslavia Had Joined the EU?
Better Off Without: What If the EU Had Never Created the Euro?
DGAPanalyse 19 (October 7, 2014), 44 pp.