The Destiny of the EU – From a Secular Market-State to a Civic Commonwealth?

By Adrian Pabst, Ethics in Brief, EU Referendum Series No. 3, June 2016

The EU’s mutation into a ‘market-state’ that fuses top-down legal harmonisation with bureaucratic centralism and capitalist commodification is incompatible with Catholic Social Thought and cognate traditions in Anglicanism and Eastern Orthodoxy. The proposed alternative is a civic commonwealth – a voluntary association of nations and peoples that can re-embed states and markets based on strengthening intermediary institutions and reconnecting the EU’s political project to its citizens. Europe’s shared Christian heritage is a source of cultural renewal without which the Union lacks a firm foundation and finality. If it stays in, then the UK can provide much-needed leadership.

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