The European Union Since 1945

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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).

Author Biography

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 acknowledgementsp. x
Author's acknowledgementsp. xiii
Mapsp. xiv
Preface to the second editionp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Chronologyp. xxv
Who's whop. xxxix
Glossaryp. xliv
Backgroundp. 1
The Context of European Integrationp. 3
Analysisp. 11
The Road to Rome: 1945-57p. 13
The Emergence of European Unityp. 13
The Hague Congressp. 19
The Coal and Steel Communityp. 20
The Failure of the European Defence Communityp. 25
The Treaties of Romep. 27
Constructing the Community: 1958-70p. 30
Institutional Designp. 30
Policies and Competenciesp. 33
The Nationalist Backlashp. 37
The Spirit of The Haguep. 43
The Enlarged Community: 1970-84p. 48
The First Enlargementp. 48
Britain's Indecisionp. 53
Eurosclerosisp. 56
Transatlantic Difficultiesp. 58
Britain's Budgetary Questionp. 60
The Transformation of Europe: 1985-93p. 64
Creating the Internal Marketp. 64
The Single European Actp. 69
The Road to 1992p. 71
Europe's Changing Mapp. 74
The Maastricht Treatyp. 79
Building a New Europe: 1994-2010p. 84
Enlarging the EUp. 84
Treaty of Amsterdamp. 87
Treaty of Nicep. 91
The Fifth Enlargement and Constitutional Reformp. 93
Lisbon and Beyondp. 96
Assessmentp. 101
The Future of European Integrationp. 103
Boundaries of Europep. 107
Nature of Membershipp. 108
The Limit of European Integrationp. 111
Documentsp. 113
The Briand Memorandum, 1 May 1930p. 114
Winston Churchill's Speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 5 March 1946p. 114
Winston Churchill's Speech at Zurich University on the Subject of a United States of Europe, 19 September 1946p. 115
The Marshall Plan. Speech by the US Secretary of State General George Marshall at Harvard University, 5 June 1947p. 116
The Bevin Speech on Western Union, 22 January 1948p. 116
The Brussels Treaty, 17 March 1948p. 117
The North Atlantic Treaty, 4 April 1949p. 118
The Statute of the Council of Europe, 5 May 1949p. 118
The Schuman Declaration, 9 May 1950p. 119
The Pléven Plan, 24 October 1950p. 119
Treaty Establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, 18 April 1951p. 121
The European Defence Community Treaty, 27 May 1952p. 121
The Messina Declaration, 1-2 June 1955p. 122
The Treaty of Rome Establishing the European Economic Community, 25 March 1957p. 123
Britain's First Application for EEC Membershipp. 125
France's Rejection of British EEC Membership, 14 January 1963p. 126
The Franco-German Treaty of Friendship, 22 January 1963p. 127
The Merger Treaty, 8 April 1965p. 127
The Luxembourg Compromise, 28-29 January 1966p. 128
Britain's Second Application for EEC Membership, 2 May 1967p. 129
The Hague Summit, 2 December 1969p. 129
The Werner Report, October 1970p. 130
The Davignon Report, 27 October 1970p. 131
European Monetary Cooperation: the 'Snake'. Resolution of the Council of Ministers, 21 March 1972p. 132
Establishing the European Council, 9-10 December 1974p. 133
The Tindemans Report on European Union, 29 December 1975p. 134
Establishment of the European Monetary System, 5 December 1978p. 134
The EEC Court of Justice and the Free Movement of Goods, 20 February 1979p. 135
British Budget Problemp. 136
The Single European Actp. 137
Completing the Internal Marketp. 137
Speech Given by the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, at the College of Europe, Bruges, 20 September 1988p. 139
The Delors Report on Monetary Unionp. 139
Creating the Single Currencyp. 140
Enlarging the European Unionp. 142
Council Voting and European Parliament Representationp. 144
Voter turnout in European Parliament Electionsp. 145
Further Readingp. 146
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 159
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