The Trouble With Europe:Third Edition: Why the EU isn't Working, How it Can be Reformed, What Could Take its Place

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Apr 9, 2015 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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This updated and expanded Third edition of Roger Bootle's critically acclaimed book includes updated material on European reform, mass migration and a major new chapter on the UK referendum and its consequences.

The EU hasnt delivered the prosperity and growth it promised; the euro has turned out to be a disaster; and the EU s share of world GDP is set to fall sharply.

Moreover, no one is clear what the EU is for, or how ever closer union can be matched with expanding borders and huge disparities of income and culture. The EU is the most important thing that stands between Europe and success.

David Cameron's renegotiation with the EU has produced nothing substantive. It now looks as though it cannot and will not willingly embrace fundamental reform.

Outside the EU, the UK could thrive, shorn of the EU's regulatory burden and free to develop close trading links with everyone a truly global Britain. Moreover, BREXIT could provide the spur for the EU either to reform or break up. The UK can lead the way to a better Europe.
 

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Rare that a book changes your mind. Perhaps that's going too far: it has consolidated an intuition that I suppose i've had for a long time, that the European Union is bad news, not just for Britain ... Read full review

Contents

The Trouble with Europe
1
PAST HISTORY AND PRESENT PURPOSE
5
THE ECONOMICS OF THE EU
77
REFORM DISSOLUTION OR DEPARTURE
195
History Moves On
336
Glossary
337
Selected Bibliography
340
Notes
345
Index
348
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One of London’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle runs Capital Economics, Europe’s largest independent economics consultancy, which he founded in 1999. Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was one of the Chancellor’s panels of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men”. In July 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize. Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In The Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year.

Roger Bootle has often challenged conventional wisdom and frequently been proved right. For instance, in 1996 he published the prophetic book The Death of Inflation and in Money For Nothing (2003) he correctly forecast the impending crisis. His book The Trouble with Markets (2009) shaped the debate about reform of the financial system. The Trouble with Europe will shape the continuing debate over the EU.

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