Here is the url of the webinar. You will have to copy and paste to get on to the site. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWOAtiiDfWg
I talk about the Euro, and argue that the crisis is much deeper than the discussions in “Brussels” allow for. For the Euro to succeed, the internal market has to be completed, in other words, all goods and services across the union have to be tradable without hindrance; labour movement has to be free, and no labour protection allowed; and there has to be a single federal government, with tax and spend powers to transfer resources from one end of Euroland to the other. That requires the consent of all the peoples of the various nation states to surrender their national sovereignties to the new centre, based in Brussels. To achieve the creation of a federal state, the EU has to be able to pass the test of being a democratic and constitutional state.
Meanwhile, the authorities have embarked on the long and arduous task of negotiating a banking union, while unemployment rises to heights unprecedented since the 1930s. Polls reveal the widespread unpopularity of the great and the good in the European project, and growing disenchantment with the EU. This is not good news. In some of my comments on this blog, I indicate what an alternative route may be, but this will require a longer position paper.