The European Union and Its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite.
By George Ross. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 224 pp.
The integration of Europe has often been seen as bringing prosperity and peace. The European Union has innovated by transcending nationalism and inventing unique forms of cooperative regional governance in which a pluralism of national cultures can flourish. However, in the EU of the early 21st century there are strong disagreements among members exacerbated by a difficult enlargement, voters in several countries rejecting important reforms in national referendums, and chronic legitimacy problems. The financial crisis, labelled the 'greatest crisis in EU history' by EU officials, has increased the uncertainty. The European Union and its Crises: Through the Eyes of the Brussels Elite presents analyses by EU leaders (including administrative leaders in European institutions, European parliamentarians and key political figures) of the great problems and prospects the EU faces.and key political figures) of the great problems and prospects the EU faces.
"George Ross's publication provides a fascinating insider's view on the European Union's successes, the crises it has gone through, and the challenges it faces. Above all, it is a stark reminder of the need to bring European citizens on-board to consolidate the European project." - Pascal Lamy, Director General, World Trade Organization
"The European road staked out by elites towards an implicitly federal destination has lost direction with each succeeding crisis. By what is it to be replaced? In an original book of interviews, 80 key figures deliver their reflections, their diagnosis, and their doubts. Essential reading for understanding the current crisis."
- Philippe Pochet, General Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and Visiting Lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Trials by Fire: The European Union and its Crises
PART II: EUROPEANS' THINKING ABOUT CRISIS
Economics, For Better or Worse?
Enlargement: Triumphs and Trials
Flight of the Member States?
Institutions: Virtues, Vices, and Rebalancing
Bringing the People with Us?
Part III: NEW CRISES TEST THE IDEAS OF OUR "EUROPEANS"
EU Elites and the Union's Crises. An Analytic Summary
The Great Recession: Reality Tests For 'European' Thoughts
GEORGE ROSS is Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair and Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal, Canada and Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, USA. He was previously Chair of both the European Union Studies Association of the US (EUSA) and the Council for European Studies. Among his recent publications are What's Left of the Left? with James Cronin and James Shoch (2011), Euros and Europeans: EMU and the European Model of Society with Andrew Martin (2005), and Jacques Delors and European Integration (1995).