Europe is at a major crossroads in its post-World War II history. The European Union (EU) has not only successfully adopted the euro as a common currency but it has also included twelve more member states. In this comprehensive volume, Peter Coffey, author of The Future of Europe (Edward Elgar, 1995), examines the major issues and challenges facing Europe and presents a concise and up-to-date analysis of the economic, political and social issues facing the EU following enlargement.
The book is divided into five parts, with Part One analyzing issues surrounding the enlargement of the EU including criteria for membership, negotiations with candidate countries, and possible implications. Part Two covers the euro and the EMU. In Part Three the author examines the major areas of reform - institutional as well as policy - and sets forth his own proposals for future policy changes. Part Four reviews the European Convention, while Part Five looks to the future of Europe. Also included are official documents on European unification that are often difficult to obtain. In conclusion, the author foresees that the EU will, at least for some time, become a confederation of nation states, rather than a federation as desired by some EU members.
This timely book is a must read for students and scholars of European studies, as well as political leaders and those with business interests in Europe.
Peter Coffey, Emeritus Professor, University of St Thomas, Minnesota, US
Contents: Preface Background to the Book Part I: The Enlargement of the European Union 1. Criteria for Membership 2. The Candidate Countries - The Negotiations 3. Possible Implications of the Enlargement Part II: The Euro 4. The Road to the EMU and the Euro 5. The Framework for the Euro 6. The Euro - Practical Considerations 7. The Euro - The Future Part III: Major Areas for Reform: The Institutions and Policy Areas 8. Reforming the Institutions 9. Some Proposals for Institutional Reform 10. Reforming Major Policy Areas - The Common Agricultural Policy 11. Competition and Regional Policies Part IV: The European Convention 12. The European Convention Part V: The Future 13. Toward a Common Foreign and Defence Policy 14. The Future - What Might Happen Conclusions - Final Words Appendices 1. Landmark Dates in European Integration 2. Convention of the Reform of Europe 3. Institutional Reform: Stance Taken by European Parliament on Division of Competences and on Council Reform 4. European Convention: Commission's Initial Overall Contribution to the Debate on the Future of Europe 5. The `Toulemon Project' on the Future of Europe 6. Common Foreign and Security Policy: The Priorities of the European Parliament 7. Special Edition for the European Council in Brussels (24 and 25 October 2002) 8. European Convention: Convention Discusses Preliminary Draft Constitutional Treaty Index