Blog post: “Rituals of a Vetocracy: The negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework” (IEP, Germany)

In his latest article for the blog “The (European) Federalist”, Manuel Müller examines the almost ritualistic fundamental conflicts that the EU works through every seven years until finally no government threatens to use its veto.

While budget debates in a parliamentary democracy can provide information on government priorities and thus have a politically meaningful effect, the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework present a desolate picture, with each Member State trying to get the most out of the budget in a zero-sum game. 

Read the article here.