Confronting emergency politics
European constitutional law review, 2022, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 780-792
HOGAN, Hilary Ailbhe, Confronting emergency politics, European constitutional law review, 2022, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 780-792 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75391
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In September 2020, ahead of a trip to Dublin, the EU Economy Commissioner, Paoli Gentiloni, described the imposition of austerity in Ireland as a ‘mistake'. Footnote 1 This remarkable admission caused barely a ripple, either in Ireland or across the European Union. There were no public protests, no outcry from political parties, no complaints from the media or civil society groups. No one seemed to want to know why, less than a decade before, the public had been unequivocally informed that there was no alternative to the punitive cutbacks in state spending that had caused widespread devastation. Perhaps drawing attention to Commissioner Gentiloni’s remarks would be to invite greater scrutiny into the role of political parties, journalists, economists and others who had perpetuated the narrative that austerity was inevitable, that resistance was futile, and helped to legitimise the choices made by political actors during that era. Unravelling the dominant narrative around the Euro Crisis would be to expose those who continue to defend their legacy during austerity years as one in which they, too, had no alternative.
Published online: 11 November 2022
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75391
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/S1574019622000311
ISSN: 1574-0196; 1744-5515
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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