The Socio-Economic Asymmetries of European Integration (2010:10epa)

In the Lisbon Treaty, the EU committed itself to the creation of a European "social market economy". But the European legislation that would be required to promote this goal still depends on qualified majorities in the Council and will therefore easily be blocked by the veto of member states preferring a "liberal market economy", argues the author of this new analysis within the SIEPS research project Social Europe.

Fritz W. Scharpf is Director Emeritus at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.