Former employee of the Dutch Central Bank, André Szasz, concluded that member states were proponents of a monetary union, but they had different unions in mind. France was in favour of solidarity, whilst for Germany solidity was very important. The lack of political decisiveness during the introduction of the euro led to treaty violations by various countries. Wim Kok, former Dutch prime minister, came to the conclusion that the euro was introduced for economic reasons. The necessary political cooperation was missing. To overcome the existing crisis in the Union, further political integration and the transfer of more responsibilities is needed.
The debate was organised by the Montesquieu Institute in cooperation with Dutch newspaper Trouw and took place in the Europe House.
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dhr. Hans Goslinga, dr. Wim Kok, prof.dr. André Szasz.
dhr. Hans Goslinga
prof.dr. André Szasz
dr. Wim Kok
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