Anne Corbett. I find it intriguing that the Bologna process is not in political trouble.
Some of the participants in the Bologna ministerial meeting in Bucharest last April were muttering that the process of building a European Higher Education Area was imploding after a decade. And as for those active in European politics and policy-making: they see Bologna and higher education in general as a poor relation in the European policy sphere.
But as the debt crisis has hit Europe, and Greeks and Spaniards and Italians are made politically fragile by austerity under European Union (EU) rules, it may be that the European tide is on the turn, and that the qualities of Bologna-style governance in creating a common area by national consensus are more widely recognised.
Certainly the main line of debate on the EU’s future suggests that the economic crisis is forcibly pushing EU integration towards a federal state. Monetary union is now judged to be unsustainable without fiscal union, while fiscal union requires banking union and economic union. More...