European centralism fuels suspicion when Brussels and the poorer States join forces against the wealthier countries to demand more resources. And this is what has happened in Spain, according to many Catalans.
MADRID | By JP Marin Arrese | The European Commission has undertaken a thorough review of national budgets following the sweeping powers conferred to it to ensure consistency across the Eurozone. When enacted, this move was heralded as breaking into new territory. Yet the opinions now delivered flatly fail to meet its ambitious goal.
Britain wants the budget frozen at its 2011 level. But if the talks collapse, the 2013 budget will simply be rolled over to 2014 but with inflation added. The budget would end up far larger than 2011, says John Springford, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.