European Union: The Basics (Basics (Routledge Paperback)) by Alex Warleigh-Lack

By Alex Warleigh-Lack

Protecting all of the fundamentals and extra, this ebook is a concise and available advent for college kids new to the learn of the eu Union, and for the final reader desirous to comprehend this more and more vital topic. together with valuable containers, tables and a thesaurus of all theoretical phrases used, every one hugely dependent bankruptcy includes key studying issues, making it a fantastic consultant for people with no earlier wisdom of the subject.Key content material includes:* the evolution of ecu integration * associations and decision-making within the eu Union * key guidelines of the eu Union * present controversies in eu integration * Which destiny for the ecu Union?

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It was, in a sense, the central fact around which all else was organised. With the collapse of both the USSR and its satellite regimes, Western Europe had to redefine what it meant to be ‘European’. It also had to create ways of managing the fact that it immediately became of less strategic interest to the US. Equally, ways to deal with the likely influx of economic migrants from the former Soviet bloc had to be found. The collapse of Communism also created a renewed desire on the part of France to ensure that Germany was locked into the European integration process (Dinan 1999).

A key figure here is Jean Monnet, who was to become the first President of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and who consistently pushed a sort of ‘domino theory’ of European integration which came to acquire the support of the main politicians in France and Germany. This approach to European The evolution of European integration 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 811 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 co-operation held that a federation could be built gradually, by working in first one sector of policy and then moving on to others as Europeans got used to the idea of collaboration with each other and also realised that co-operation in any given sector, or part of a sector, could only work effectively if the other policy areas to which it was linked also became subject to collaboration at European level.

Upon the end of the Cold War, a much wealthier, and much more ‘rehabilitated’ Germany might well have been tempted either to dispute French ascendancy within the then European Community or even to abandon it altogether in favour of a new ‘Mitteleuropa’ which it could lead. Thus, France pushed for deeper European political integration in order to ensure Germany remained a reliable partner in European integration. Other member states either supported this logic or at least accepted that a new The evolution of European integration 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 811 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 system for governing the European continent, with the EU at its core, would have to be developed.

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