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Financial integration in EUrope, a geographer’s perspective

– Michiel van Meeteren –

One thing which has increasingly bugged me since I started researching EU financial integration is how repetitive the tropes of EU policy are. The goals, reasons, and benefits of integration seem exactly the same as they were in the 1980s when Jacques Delors’ 1st commission explicitly formulated them for the first time. The way in which EU financial integration policy proposals are framed reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day. In Groundhog Day, the story’s main character (played by Bill Murray) has to relive the same day indefinitely until he finds a way, through trial and error, to successfully seduce his object of affection.

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