An anthology of skeptical viewpoints of European integration has long been missing, yet the need for students to have a spectrum of opinion on the EU has never been greater. As the new European currency's exchange rate plunged throughout the first two years of its existence and the Danes voted against joining up, this reader provides a timely corrective to the dominant view of 'Euro-success.' Exploring the underreported and often mischaracterized 'Euro-skeptic' side of arguments over the goals and methods of European integration, the text presents a selection of the key sources necessary to understand European politics on the ground today. Ron Tiersky brings together here 'Euro-skeptic,' 'Euro-pessimistic,' and 'Euro-phobic' speeches, essays, and other documents that illustrate the range of both mainstream and extremist opposition to the European Union. Balancing against the integrationist goal of federalism, the book gives a full airing to the national sovereignty and national identity-based arguments against union and shows how Euro-skepticism finds a place on both the right and the left.
Ronald Tiersky is Eastman Professor of Politics at Amherst College and the author of Francois Mitterrand: The Last French President
Chapter 1 Introduction: Euro-skepticism and "Europe" Chapter 2 Europe Chapter 3 Obstinate or Obsolete?: France, European Integration, and the Fate of the Nation-State Chapter 4 The Babel Express: Relations with the European Community, 1987-1990 Chapter 5 Speech at the College of Europe, Bruges, 20 September 1988 Chapter 6 Why the Norwegians Said No Chapter 7 Back to the Future: Instability in Europe after the Cold War Chapter 8 The Case against "Europe" Chapter 9 Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French National Front, and "Europe" Chapter 10 Europe: Escaping the Trap Chapter 11 Which France for Which Europe? Chapter 12 EU Ostracism of Austria Chapter 13 The Haider Phenomenon Chapter 14 Diary of a Trip to Vienna: Jorg Haider's Austria Chapter 15 The Euro: The Engine that Couldn't Chapter 16 Democratic Values and the Currency Chapter 17 The Degeneration of EMU Chapter 18 Europe: The Grand Illusion Chapter 19 "Europe" and the "Anglosphere" Chapter 20 Conclusion: Expansive, Fractious, but Not Yet Fearsome