The European Student Think Tank asked students in European studies to imagine the EU in 2030. They selected Henri Erti’s piece EU 2030: Expansion without integration to publish in May on their blog.
Erti argues that future geographical expansion of the EU may well come at the cost of closer integration. “…every time the European Union embraces another member in order to foster integration, it actually produces more different preferences and subsequently enhances disintegration,” he says.
He examines different models for integration and the economic case for a larger EU.
“What the EU ought to be in 2030, is a decentralized entity where local municipalities would have the power over their public goods and services, rather than have the centralized government deciding what is best of each individual without adequate information and a cost-effective transfer scheme,” he concludes.