The project „Europe“ has two aspects: a political and an economic one. While the political aspect - a peaceful Europe - can count on universal consent, the economic „constitution“ necessarily invites controversies. In national politics such controversies are „solved“ in a democratic process. The delay in political unification has prevented the emergence of such a process on a European scale. The paper discusses some difficulties which arise from this fact. Attention is drawn to the dogmatic nature of some EU economic policies. It is suggested that in the transition to a more unified European framework a flexible economic policy leaving more room for subsidiarity should be adopted.
Among economic journals, this publication has a “bridging” function, as it features content written by economists for researchers in the field and for non-specialists, including professionals with a background in economics who want to keep up to date with the latest research.