Euromyth in Europe

Description of Euromyth

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes euromyth in the following terms: [1] A term used by European enthusiasts to denote false stories of intrusive and unnecessary Directives or Regulations emanating from Brussels. Unfortunately, rather too many of these stories prove on investigation to be substantially true (see more in this European encyclopedia). A feature on which Eurosceptics and Europhiles agree is that many of the most oppressive rules stem from over-zealous drafting or enforcement by national (especially British) officialdom of relatively innocuous proposals originated in Brussels. From the victim’s standpoint, however, the result is the same, so long as redress is blocked by the ability of officials to shelter behind the Communityas their legitimising authority.

The term is used in the opposite sense by sceptics, to denote misleading or exaggerated Commission claims; for example, that the Community has been responsible for preventing war, or that EMU will create millions of jobs, or that ‘subsidiarity’ brings decision-making closer to the people.


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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