The EU's new austerity treaty - Interview with Lukas Oberndorfer
Despite the strong and growing resistance in Greece and other European countries to the direction of EU policy responses to the crisis, the process for this new treaty has unfolded with disquieting speed: initiated in November, an agreement was already reached by end of January among the EU25. This comes at the expense of stifling democratic debate and, indeed, shortcutting the normal consultative procedures in the treaty process through legal manoeuvres.
Lukas Oberndorfer legal scholar in Vienna and scientific staff member of the Austrian Chamber of Labour and the legal journal juridikum (zeitschrift für kritik|recht|gesellschaft). He is co-founder of the Study Group on Critical European Studies and lecturer of the University of Vienna.