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The Future of Europe
Towards a Two-Speed EU?

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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107662568

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  • The European Union is in crisis. Public unease with the project, Euro problems and dysfunctional institutions give rise to the real danger that the European Union will become increasing irrelevant just as its member states face more and more challenges of a globalised world. Jean-Claude Piris, a leading figure in the conception and drafting of the EU's legal structures, tackles the issues head on with a sense of urgency and with candour. The book works through the options available in light of the economic and political climate, assessing their effectiveness. By so doing, the author reaches the (for some) radical conclusion that the solution is to permit 'two-speed' development: allowing an inner core to move towards closer economic and political union, which will protect the Union as a whole. Compelling, critical and current, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of Europe.

    • Candid, current and critical assessment of where Europe is and where it needs to go
    • Author's standing as key figure central to all recent EU developments ensures unique insight
    • Pragmatic, problem-solving approach makes this essential reading for not just specialists but all those interested in the future of the EU
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107662568
    • length: 175 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The continuing need for a strong EU in the foreseeable future
    2. An assessment of the present situation of the EU
    3. First option: substantially revising the EU treaties
    4. Second option: continuing on the present path while developing further closer cooperation
    5. Third option: politically progressing towards a two-speed Europe
    6. Fourth option: legally building a two-speed Europe

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • European Political Systems
  • Author

    Jean-Claude Piris
    Jean-Claude Piris served as the Legal Counsel of the Council of the EU and Director General of its Legal Service from 1988 to 2010. He is an Honorary French Conseiller d'Etat, a former diplomat at the UN and the former Director of Legal Affairs of the OCED. He was the Legal Advisor of the successive intergovernmental conferences which negotiated and adopted the treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice, the Constitutional Treaty and, finally, the Lisbon Treaty. He was also Senior Emile Noël Fellow and Straus Institute Fellow at New York University.

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