The Confederal Europe project provides a coherent foundation for a new EU institutional settlement, consistent with EU’s shared Christian heritage and the vision of the Treaty of Rome, and supporting the principles of conferral, subsidiarity, and coordinated policies.

The project builds on a foundation of Relational Thinking first established by Michael Schluter and David Lee in 1993. This holds that the key element in any political, economic or social system is the quality of the relationships that hold it together. Across the EU, these are largely overlooked. In particular, the relationships embedded in institutions, which dictate the terms on which large international stakeholder groups (investors, savers, employees, boards of directors, voters, governments) relate to one another, are often set up in such a way as to allow or even stimulate irresponsibility, disconnection, injustice, conflict and abuse. 

For Europe, the wider costs of this include:

  • Unnecessary restraints on economic growth and labour productivity
  • The erosion of family, community and national solidarity with adverse impacts on both health and welfare budgets
  • High levels of personal, corporate and public indebtedness
  • Social and political unrest due to perceived inequalities and injustices
  • A failure to achieve economic, demographic or environmental sustainability

The Confederal Europe project sets out a broad-based direction of reform addressing not only the relationships between the EU and its member states, but also the underlying relational problems that affect Europe’s social stability, economic growth, and competitiveness. Its main policy directions include:

  • A strong EU driven by a confederation of cooperative nation states
  • A single market in goods and services that allows nation states the right to regulate their migration flows
  • European-level institutions handling a limited number of agreed competences that include the care for the creation that we all share
  • A multi-currency Europe of fiscally independent nation states, with optional membership of the eurozone
  • Stronger corporate governance in both the public and private sector on a stakeholder model
  • Assertive action to reduce the European economy’s reliance on debt finance
  • A foreign policy that focuses on the promotion of fundamental freedoms as the real solution that tackles the root causes of migration, integration challenges and terrorism


The economic policy foundations of Relationism in Europe are covered in this report. Click the cover to read a PDF version of the Executive Summary. The full report can be purchased here.