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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen; 1st edition (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413777448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413777447
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a book advocating British withdrawal from Europe. In Europe Restructured, David Owen lays out a blueprint for a new structure where those countries that may wish to be part of a more integrated EU/eurozone are facilitated in doing so, while those who may only want a Single Market/European Community are free to do so. He suggests building on the Single Market European Economic Area of 30 states including Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, and inviting Turkey to join. This, with Croatia joining the EU next year, would make 32 countries and some others later. Europe Restructured recounts the key historical events in Britain's equivocal relationship with the Common Market, European Community, and now Union, from 1962-2012, and considers how Britain's place in the EU affects her other global foreign and defense relationships, in particular with the United States. All this leads David Owen to the conclusion that urgently in 2013, or more likely in 2015-2016, a referendum will have to be held in the UK. He wants a clear referendum choice in the UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Carter on 7 Jun. 2012
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It's clear something has to be done to change the nature of the European community; we are all better off trading together and able to work in each others' countries, but the Euro can't work for all, and many countries (even if it would work economically) won't agree to the pooling of sovereignty that would be needed to make it do so.

This book offers a sensible and positive way forward, based on David Owen's long experience in British and European politics. It deserves serious attention from policy makers and citizens.

It's also a commanding overview of how Europe developed over the sixty years after the second world view, based on his continuous involvement in that process, so it is a welcome (and blissfully short) primer to understand European politics over that time - whether or not you agree with his political views!
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There is a singular absence of intelligent public debate on the EU in a eurosceptic UK. Equally, my German contacts are baffled that full European integration might be questioned.

I bought this book after hearing Lord Owen's precis as the keynote speech at the German British Forum.

Like a mature river, broad and deep, David Owen, takes us from the EUs early post-war origins, through the complex political agreements, dissension, fractions, unions and manoeuvres up to publication in 2012.

We get the benefit of hearing from someone who has lived and worked with many of the protagonists, who has seen the very real conflicts and destruction when Europe did not live up to its ideals in the Balkans.

Throughout, Lord Owen has his clear ideas about the place of the UK in Europe and the Eurozone.

Not only do you get a richer impression of the issues against a historical backdrop through the apparently meandering tale; You also are led inexorably towards one potential solution.

After his talk, I was unconvinced. After the book, his suggestions for the proposed referendum questions looked much more feasible.

Favorite new word in the book: Fissiparous!
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I found it quite interesting but heavy going. At times I found it difficult to work out which side the author was on.
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Europe at a crossroad - which way from here? 16 July 2012
By Ron Chicaferro - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent analysis of the condition of the European Union and the Eurozone. The author provides good research into the creation of the European Union and the Eurozone. He breaks the book down in essentially three parts: First - The choices that need to be made within each European country regarding continued membership in the European Union and/or the Eurozone. (One of the choices is should Europe create the United States of Europe with member countries becoming somewhat like the individual states in the United States of America); Second - the excellent research and history into why Europe is structured as it is today; And, third - A restatement of the decisions that need to be made. Mr. Owen, a British citizen, is a member of the Liberal Democrat Party and, as such, is a supporter of a strong and integrated European Union. Although his wish is for a stronger union, he wisely states that the voters in each country will, over time, have to decide what level of involvement each individual country should have.
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