O Telegraph publica uma carta aberta com 16 signatários, cada um representando o seu respectivo país, sobre a crise e a necessidade de reformas urgentes na UE. A carta é também citada neste artigo sobre Cameron, onde se inclui uma referência ao IEA. Um dos signatários da carta é André Azevedo Alves, PhD pela London Schoool of Economics e professor da Universidade de Aveiro e da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, a quem me cabe a distinta tarefa de dar os Parabéns pela honra que lhe foi atribuída.
O texto da carta é o que se segue:
As economists from 16 EU states, we don’t all hold the same view on whether the euro was a good idea, nor any particular view on David Cameron’s veto of a possible EU treaty. However, we are staunch believers in the free movement of goods, services, people and capital as enshrined in the Treaty of Rome.
Though only one person from each country has signed this letter, our views are not far out of line with those of many fellow economists. The EU should not focus on Mr Cameron’s actions. It should, instead, look at the underlying arguments about the future of the EU and the euro.
Unless there is radical deregulation of the labour and product markets and lower taxation, the euro can never work and the EU can never be a thriving economic area again.
These are the challenges, but the EU and its member governments are moving in the wrong direction. We see no sign that those discussing how to deal with the euro crisis understand the actions that need to be taken.
Whether or not the euro survives, this attitude will lead to gradual decline and increased social conflict within the EU. It may ultimately lead to the disintegration of both the single currency and the EU.
Prof Pascal Salin
University Paris-Dauphine, France
Prof Pedro Schwartz
Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain
Prof Philip Booth
Institute of Economic Affairs, UK
Prof Roland Vaubel
University of Mannheim, Germany
Prof Sean Barrett
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Dr Christian Bjørnskov
University of Aarhus, Denmark
Dr Fredrik Erixon
European Centre for International Political Economy, Sweden
Prof Barbara Kolm
University of Dona Goriza and Friedrich von Hayek Institute, Austria
Dr Piotr Zientara
University of Gdansk, Poland
Dr André Azevedo Alves
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Dr Alberto Mingardi
Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy
Lithuanian Free Market Institute, Lithuania
Prof Gabriel Mursa
University of Iasi and Friedrich von Hayek Institute, Romania
Dr Žiga Andoljšek
Katoliški Inštitut, Slovenia
Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria