Further centralisation of the European Union is inevitable and will continue to threaten key freedoms, unless urgent action is taken, argues a new study from the Institute of Economic Affairs.*
In a groundbreaking analysis, the author** finds that the increasing concentration of power in the EU reflects the economic incentives at work in its institutions. The structure of the EU means that politicians and bureaucrats have a vested interest in ever-greater centralisation because this enhances their influence and prestige.
The result has been a huge increase in EU authority over national and local governments, individuals and businesses.
The number of EU directives increased from 22 per annum in the early 1970s