A little discourse on method(s)
Especially after the entry into force and subsequent implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the traditional distinction (and opposition) between the so-called ‘community’ and ‘inter-governmental’ methods in EU policy-making is less and less relevant. Most common policies entail a ‘mix’ between them and different degrees of mutual contamination. Even the ‘Union method’ recently proposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel raises more questions than it solves – although it may trigger a constructive debate on how best to address today’s policy challenges.
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