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Transcending or Descending? European Integration in Times of Crisis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2014

Zoe Lefkofridi*
Max Weber Programme, European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana, Italy
Philippe C. Schmitter
Department of Social & Political Sciences, European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana, Italy


The European Union is at a make-or-break moment. The current crisis could be beneficial or detrimental for its future. We revisit Schmitter’s model of crisis-induced decision-making cycles (1970) and critically discuss why the current crisis might not be as benign as originally thought.

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2014 

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