The Case for Europe: Unity, Diversity, and Democracy in the European Union

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000 - Political Science - 118 pages
The Case for Europe sets out the basic rationales and characteristics of the process of European integration that we have been witnessing for half a century. Philippe de Schoutheete, for ten years Belgium's permanent representative to the European Union, demystifies the structures of the EU, the basic forces and reasons that make it work, and the strengths and weaknesses of what has been achieved. He also points to the difficult questions the Union now faces: When to act? How best (and whether) to project power? How to respect diversity and reconcile competition and solidarity?
 

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Contents

Empire and Nation
13
Structure and Network
23
Law and Politics
33
Subsidiarity and Intervention
41
Democracy and Communication
51
Cohesion and Diversity
61
Power and Impotence
71
Competition and Solidarity
85
The End and the Means 97 10 The End and the Means
100
Bibliography
109
Index
115
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