European Integration - Realities and Perspectives 2012
Atypical Integration Process under the Global Crisis
Victor Romeo Ionescu
Abstract: The paper is focused on the idea of a new approach on the integration process under the pr esent
global crisis. This is why the analyse tr ies to present „new” integration organisations which are made in order
to face the new socio-economic challenges. The whole theoretical approach is based on the latest important
specific researches in the world. A distinct part of the paper deals with a case study connected to BRIC. The
main conclusion of the pa per is not optimistic. The world economy is not able to f ace the crisis and the
solutions have to be found at individual level. Moreover the world economy is close to a more destructive
war: the economic war for survive.
sectoral integration; regional integration; globalization; regional integration forecast
JEL Classification: R11; R12; R13.
We cannot deny that humanity is on the verge of significant changes, unprecedented in its history.
From the economic point of view, things are far from being put in a normal path. If in the second half
of the twentieth century, humanity has been protected from large-scale military conflict, the first
decade of the new millennium marked the onset of a devastating global war: the war for economic
All states participate to the fierce battle in which any actions are allowed. The myth of the global
economy, the global solutions and the adage "think globally, act locally" depend on fiction, nowadays.
The crisis generalised in 2008 was the breakpoint which demonstrated that globalisation was a world
wrong approach. The idea of globalisation is based on one of the most important characteristic of the
human being: the need to stay together in order to protect and to develop better. During the last two
centuries, globalisation was used by a minority in order to lead the majority at global level.
Globalisation supported interesting concepts as “race to the bottom”, which became a key element for
the global disparities’ increase.
The same globalisation succeeded in creating a theoretical battle between regionalism and
globalisation. Globalisation needs instruments in order to generate, develop or destroy specific
economic mechanisms. We are not able to imagine the existence of IMF, World Bank, WTO without
conflicts, economic, social and political crisis. These international institutions were able to eliminate
one of the basic elements of the economics: the impossibility to make experiences on people using the
economic instruments! There are enough viable integration projects which are implemented under
other criteria than geographical proximity and common interests. These projects cover the sectoral
Professor, PhD, Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Economic Sciences, R omania, Address: 3 Galati Blvd, Ga lati,
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