'Why Nations Fail': Can the eurozone hang together?(Read article summary)
'Why Nations Fail' author Daron Acemoglu compares the EU to the 13 American states pre-Constitution.
Monitor managing editor Marshall Ingwerson chats with 'Why Nations Fail' co-author Daron Acemoglu.
That catch means that while creating a strong eurozone would be better for all players, in Dr. Acemoglu’s view, it’s unlikely to happen. Europe is unlikely to follow the US pattern anytime soon. The integration of Europe has been a tremendous success story, he argues.
“The European Union as a political project has been hugely successful. If you think of Europe in 1945, it was a wasteland. It was not only economically, politically, socially destroyed, but it was demoralized. And on top of this, you have another 65 years of complete stabilization, very rapid democratization, institution-building, very, very rapid economic growth. And I think few people would argue that this was unrelated to the stability that the European Union brought to the continent.”
But the current crisis has brought out some flaws in European integration to the surface.