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In Defence of Europe : Can the European Project Be Saved? - Loukas Tsoukalis

In Defence of Europe

Can the European Project Be Saved?

Hardcover Published: 16th August 2016
ISBN: 9780198755319
Number Of Pages: 256

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Europe has not been so weak and divided for a long time. Buffeted by a succession of crises, its collective capacity to deliver has been truly disappointing. In times when the tectonic plates are shifting and tension between global markets and national democracies is rising, can Europe hold together, under what terms - and indeed for what purpose?

The euro crisis has left big scars and is still far from over. The contradiction of a currency without a state will not be easy to resolve. And the combination of high debt with persistently slow growth, large numbers of unemployed in many parts of Europe, and inflation close to zero is hardly reassuring. Meanwhile, economic divergence has grown between and within countries, leading in turn to political fragmentation and the rise of populism.

Europe is in a bind: it is difficult to go forwards and scary to go backwards. In between, it is in an unhappy and unstable state of affairs. How can it accommodate such diversity - and hence prevent Grexit and Brexit? And, looking further afield, a more assertive Russia and a troubled wider neighbourhood exporting millions of refugees may not even allow Europe the luxury to decline in grace.

Drawing lessons from the European success story of the second half of the twentieth century, political economist and former special adviser to the President of European Commission Loukas Tsoukalis now addresses the key choices facing Europe today. He explains how the international financial crisis of recent years has become an existential crisis of European integration. And he asks whether there is an irreconcilable contradiction between Europe's apparent yearning for soft power and the often hard reality of the world outside.

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`This volume by a leading scholar of European integration could not be timelier... The analysis of the political, economic and social causes and consequences of the crisis is sharp and all of the key factors are identified and discussed. [It] does not shy away from the big questions of integration. This is one of the great strengths of the volume ... [that] finds its roots in an older literature on the EU that sought to understand the nature of the beast.' Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence in Journal of Common Market Studies `An inexorable analysis. An eye opener, a heart cry from a true European.' Herman van Rompuy, former President of the European Council `A deeply insightful book.' Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy `Unflinching realismmasterly integration of economic and political analyses.' Fritz W. Scharpf, Max Planck Institute `As ever thoughtful and thought-provoking, Loukas Tsoukalis prompts us to re-examine the fundamentals of contemporary European integration.' Dame Helen Wallace

1: High Stakes 2: Bigger, More intrusive, and Less Inclusive 3: Reality Strikes Back 4: 1. Whose Rules and Whose Adjustment? 5: The Priest, the Sinner, and the Non-Believer 6: Still Holding Together, But... 7: Difficult Choices Notes Index

ISBN: 9780198755319
ISBN-10: 0198755317
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th August 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42

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