The financial crisis posed new challenges for the administrations of Eurozone countries, including: how to respect EU obligations when the economy is under stress? How to improve the overall implementation of EU policies and domestic reforms? How to negotiate effectively with the Troika and then quickly and efficiently fulfil the requirements of the Memoranda of Understanding?
This volume offers the first analysis of EU coordination by national executives in the light of the legal and political consequences of the crisis, using case studies of five severely affected Member States: Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Portugal. It examines from an interdisciplinary perspective how they have adapted their coordination systems since the outbreak of the crisis, shedding light on the adjustments undertaken by domestic administrations.
The comparison reveals that in this process Prime Ministers and Ministers of Finance were empowered in a common shift towards the centralization of EU coordination.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: EU Coordination in Greece: ‘Forced’ Europeanization under the MoU? - Calliope Spanou
Chapter 3: EU Coordination in Ireland: Centralization to master the crisis - Brigid Laffan
Chapter 4: EU Coordination in Portugal: Continuity and flexibility in a Troika regime - José M. Magone
Chapter 5: EU Coordination in Cyprus: The Limits of Europeanization in Times of Crisis - Adonis Pegasiou
Chapter 6: EU Coordination in Italy: (Predominantly) Internally driven changes in times of crisis - Sabrina Ragone
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Sabrina Ragone is an associate professor of comparative law at the University of Bologna. Previously, she was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. She has held positions as a researcher, lecturer and visiting professor in several academic institutions in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as in Latin America and the United States. Her scholarship focuses on legal comparison intersecting constitutional law and the distribution of powers within domestic institutions.