Peter Wahl is a critic of globalisation, publicist and Chairman of NGO World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED), a German policy institute based in Bonn, where he works on issues of world trade and international finance focusing on development economics and global economic governance.
He has written extensively on Third World issues, in particular, the political economy of North-South relations. His work focuses on the Tobin tax and other international taxation issues.
From 1985-1990 he was an Executive board member of the Federal Congress for Development Action (BUKO). Since 1988 he has been a member of the editorial board of the information service Weltwirtschaft & Entwicklung (World Economy & Development).
In 1990 he co-founded of the think tank of NGO WEED – World, Economy, Ecology & Development Association, based in Berlin. He has served as Chairman of WEED from 2013.
In recent years, his research has focused on EU financial regulation and economic governance and he has authored numerous articles, studies and books on these subjects. Brexit has sparked the question of what the final goal of the European integration process is. However, the debate is following a binary black and white logic: either complying dogmatically to the “ever closer union” as stipulated in the treaties, or falling back in the 19th/20th-century system of nation states.
Peter Wahl argues that there are solutions in between: an internal flexibility, which may include selective disintegration in certain areas and selective integration in others, as well as an opening towards neighbouring regions. All of this could be based on a variable geometry of participants – different “alliances of the willing” for different projects.
NB: Video below is spoken in German
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