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A concise, accessible introduction to the EU since 1945, this Seminar Study introduces readers to the basic concepts and the history of the organization, and has been fully updated to include developments from 2000 – 2010.
- Fully updated and expanded
- Contains diagrams and statistical material to support the text
- Wide range of primary source material, including maps, documents and photographs
- Contains all the pedagogical features associated with Seminar Studies – chronology, glossary, who’s who, documents, and bibliography.
The European Union faces a crossroads in the twenty-first century. While there is evidence of declining enthusiasm for European integration, the EU plays an increasingly vital role in tackling problems that can no longer be dealt with at member state level. In recent years, the EU has developed a stronger foreign, security and defence policy, and has had to face up to the challenges of tackling organised crime, human trafficking and drug smuggling.
In this fully updated new edition, Alasdair Blair examines the economic, political, social and personal factors that have shaped the process of European integration from the end of the Second World War until the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. Written in a clear and jargon-free style, the book explores:
- The context of European integration and expansion
- The relations between the European Union and its member states
- The institutional evolution of the European Union
- Methods of decision-making
- Key policies of the European Union
- The future direction of the European Union
Comprehensive and accessible, this book is an essential guide to understanding the relevance of the European Union in the twenty-first century.
Alasdair Blair is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Historical and Social Studies at De Montfort University. He is the author of eight books, including International Politics: An Introductory Guide (2009) and Companion to the European Union (2006).
Table of Contents
|Publisher's acknowledgements||p. x|
|Author's acknowledgements||p. xiii|
|Preface to the second edition||p. xxi|
|Who's who||p. xxxix|
|The Context of European Integration||p. 3|
|The Road to Rome: 1945-57||p. 13|
|The Emergence of European Unity||p. 13|
|The Hague Congress||p. 19|
|The Coal and Steel Community||p. 20|
|The Failure of the European Defence Community||p. 25|
|The Treaties of Rome||p. 27|
|Constructing the Community: 1958-70||p. 30|
|Institutional Design||p. 30|
|Policies and Competencies||p. 33|
|The Nationalist Backlash||p. 37|
|The Spirit of The Hague||p. 43|
|The Enlarged Community: 1970-84||p. 48|
|The First Enlargement||p. 48|
|Britain's Indecision||p. 53|
|Transatlantic Difficulties||p. 58|
|Britain's Budgetary Question||p. 60|
|The Transformation of Europe: 1985-93||p. 64|
|Creating the Internal Market||p. 64|
|The Single European Act||p. 69|
|The Road to 1992||p. 71|
|Europe's Changing Map||p. 74|
|The Maastricht Treaty||p. 79|
|Building a New Europe: 1994-2010||p. 84|
|Enlarging the EU||p. 84|
|Treaty of Amsterdam||p. 87|
|Treaty of Nice||p. 91|
|The Fifth Enlargement and Constitutional Reform||p. 93|
|Lisbon and Beyond||p. 96|
|The Future of European Integration||p. 103|
|Boundaries of Europe||p. 107|
|Nature of Membership||p. 108|
|The Limit of European Integration||p. 111|
|The Briand Memorandum, 1 May 1930||p. 114|
|Winston Churchill's Speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 5 March 1946||p. 114|
|Winston Churchill's Speech at Zurich University on the Subject of a United States of Europe, 19 September 1946||p. 115|
|The Marshall Plan. Speech by the US Secretary of State General George Marshall at Harvard University, 5 June 1947||p. 116|
|The Bevin Speech on Western Union, 22 January 1948||p. 116|
|The Brussels Treaty, 17 March 1948||p. 117|
|The North Atlantic Treaty, 4 April 1949||p. 118|
|The Statute of the Council of Europe, 5 May 1949||p. 118|
|The Schuman Declaration, 9 May 1950||p. 119|
|The Pléven Plan, 24 October 1950||p. 119|
|Treaty Establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, 18 April 1951||p. 121|
|The European Defence Community Treaty, 27 May 1952||p. 121|
|The Messina Declaration, 1-2 June 1955||p. 122|
|The Treaty of Rome Establishing the European Economic Community, 25 March 1957||p. 123|
|Britain's First Application for EEC Membership||p. 125|
|France's Rejection of British EEC Membership, 14 January 1963||p. 126|
|The Franco-German Treaty of Friendship, 22 January 1963||p. 127|
|The Merger Treaty, 8 April 1965||p. 127|
|The Luxembourg Compromise, 28-29 January 1966||p. 128|
|Britain's Second Application for EEC Membership, 2 May 1967||p. 129|
|The Hague Summit, 2 December 1969||p. 129|
|The Werner Report, October 1970||p. 130|
|The Davignon Report, 27 October 1970||p. 131|
|European Monetary Cooperation: the 'Snake'. Resolution of the Council of Ministers, 21 March 1972||p. 132|
|Establishing the European Council, 9-10 December 1974||p. 133|
|The Tindemans Report on European Union, 29 December 1975||p. 134|
|Establishment of the European Monetary System, 5 December 1978||p. 134|
|The EEC Court of Justice and the Free Movement of Goods, 20 February 1979||p. 135|
|British Budget Problem||p. 136|
|The Single European Act||p. 137|
|Completing the Internal Market||p. 137|
|Speech Given by the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, at the College of Europe, Bruges, 20 September 1988||p. 139|
|The Delors Report on Monetary Union||p. 139|
|Creating the Single Currency||p. 140|
|Enlarging the European Union||p. 142|
|Council Voting and European Parliament Representation||p. 144|
|Voter turnout in European Parliament Elections||p. 145|
|Further Reading||p. 146|
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