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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 2. Early years: France, the EEC, and the UK

Early years: France, the EEC, and the UK. A simple starting point is to observe that  Europe and the EU are not the same thing. The EU has expanded from the founding six, to nine, then twelve, to fifteen and … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union: Chapter 1. Europe and the EU

Europe and the EU The salient feature of the EU is that it seeks merger by integration, in contrast to the preferred pre-1945 method of merger by hostile takeover. Originally a French creation, designed to provide an answer to “the … Continue reading

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Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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Ideology, the Tory party and Brexit.

May must stick with sense over sensibility, writes Rachel Sylvester in todays The Times (October 4, 2016). The party, she writes, is divided between pragmatism and ideology, or head and heart. This clash will define and dominate the next two years … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part III: Lost in the Future.

 Part Three of Gillingham’s book, The EU: An Obituary does not make for comforting reading. For readers prepared to soldier on, the author is not saying that the EU is dead, only that if it carries on blandly in the … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part II. France, Germany and world markets.

The second phase of the European project may be dated from the breakdown of the post-war fixed exchange rate regime, whereby currencies were benchmarked to a stable dollar, itself convertible at $34 an ounce gold. The key decision was taken … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part I. Early Years.

This is an excellent analysis on the condition of the European Union (EU). Its author, one of the United States leading historians of the EU, has in effect written a hard hitting appeal for Europeans to get serious about what … Continue reading

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Is the American Century Over? Polity Press, 2015

In 1991, Nye published Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, a response to Paul Kennedy’s best-selling The Rise and Decline of Great Powers, in which Kennedy had written that the US was in decline due to an … Continue reading

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Euroland’s travails

Here is the url of the webinar. You will have to copy and paste to get on to the site. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWOAtiiDfWg I talk about the Euro, and argue that the crisis is much deeper than the discussions in “Brussels” allow for. … Continue reading

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The Euro crisis and German primacy

Abstract: The main lesson from the crisis of the Euro, starting in 2008, is Germany’s assertion of primacy. The intent of the EU integration process was to put an end to what has been termed the “Westphalian” system of self-governing … Continue reading

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