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Is the EU Doomed

Is the EU Doomed [Kindle Edition]

Jan Zielonka
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"Zielonka offers a new and refreshing vision of Europe′s future – one that chimes perfectly with the EU′s motto ′United in Diversity′." Giuliano Amato, former Prime Minister of Italy "A provocative and thoughtful book which comes at a critical moment for European integration." Lionel Barber, Financial Times "Jan Zielonka is one of the most original and sophisticated observers of European politics. So when he expresses disillusion with both the EU and its Member States we should pay attention to where he thinks we are heading. This lucid and incisive book is a key source for understanding the current impasse." Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge "The EU may be not doomed but it is in deep crisis. In this provocative book Jan Zielonka offers an original and controversial proposal for a radically different model of European integration.  Challenging conventional views he considers the prospects of a ′neo–medieval′ Europe composed of networks of cities, regions and ONG′s where a ′polyphony′ among actors will replace the current cacophony of the centres." Josep Borrell Fontelles, former President of the European Parliament and former President of the European University Institute "Jan Zielonka has written a punchy, incisive and devastating account of the EU and its malaise after the financial crisis. He combines his plea to move away from ′sanctimonious protestant preaching′ with a convincing sketch of how a more chaotic pattern of networks between cities, provinces but also a wide range of social and corporate institutions might produce a more durable, effective and also legitimate governance.  The treatment is eloquent but also wise." Harold James, Princeton University "A fascinating and thought–provoking book that will change our view of the EU as neither a true state nor an ever–changing cacophony of nations." Josef Joffe, Stanford University and Editor of Die Zeit "Jan Zielonka′s brilliant analysis of European disintegration is packed with big ideas that are elegantly expressed. It acts as an original and iconoclastic challenge to both the euro–sceptic and the euro–federalist discourses on the crisis. This is a must–read book for anyone who cares about the future of Europe." Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations "Whether or not you agree with Jan Zielonka′s arguments, you will find this book a stimulating read. I′m sure it will provoke much discussion about the future development of the European Union." Lord Patten of Barnes CH, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and former European Commissioner for External Affairs "A brilliant and profoundly original analysis of the European Crisis.  A work of optimism, as well!" William Pfaff, Author and Syndicated Columnist

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The European Union is in crisis. Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship, and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future.

In this compelling essay, leading scholar of European politics, Jan Zielonka argues that although the EU will only survive in modest form - deprived of many real powers - Europe as an integrated entity will grow stronger. Integration, he contends, will continue apace because of European states’ profound economic interdependence, historic ties and the need for political pragmatism. A revitalized Europe led by major cities, regions and powerful NGOs will emerge in which a new type of continental solidarity can flourish.

The EU may well be doomed, but Europe certainly is not.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (5 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars EU For Dummies 2 Oct 2014
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A rather glib headline title, but as an interested and sometimes bemused layman, this essay on the nature of the EU attracted my attention. Her stance on the relative ineffectiveness of the EU in its current format is cogently presented in an accessible way. It is of a length to maintain interest, and I feel everyone who reads it will gain something useful in forming personal views on the future nature of the EU.

In brief we have a situation where the EU is too big to fail, but that the original vision of European integration does not now pass the reality test. The existence of strong political bias and concern for individual interests over national interests is a consistent feature, and is put convincingly forward within the essay. The conclusion that a functional network of mutual cooperation will be part of a new style integration between member countries is certainly a compelling one to replace the strong political bias that it now has.

A recommended brief foray into this subject matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How the EU should evolve 22 Nov 2014
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In answer to the question of the title, Zielonka's response is essentiall: 'In it's current form, yes; as an idea and a network of countries pooling their strengths, hopefully not.'
This is another good addition to Polity Press' Global Futures Series (I also enjoyed 'Will the Middle East Implode?'), which provide accessibly written, pocket-size primers on important global topics. In this volume, Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at Oxford University, takes us through where the EU has gone wrong since its inception (too many failed promises; too inflexible; no sense of identity or true European community), what is happening to it now (denying its problems; unable to accept that one-size-fits-all EU policies are never going to work; fighting a losing battle to remain in the status quo), what is should be doing now (evolving; slowly disintegrating into a series of smaller bodies that can offer more flexibility) and what it has to do in future in order to continue to exist in some form (consider the role of NGOs and the private sector as pseudo authority figures; develop a series of neo-medieval networks and connections, with bodies responsible for certain sectors operating cross-territorially; through these flexible networks, create an EU where one part can fail/adapt without affecting/being blocked by the rest of the EU).
Zielonka's most telling comment is that: 'The problem is that the EU has become too big to fail.' Like the banks he is alluding to here, the EU serves a critical function, but has lost its way and become corrupt.
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The author, Jan Zielonka does not hold out much hope for the EU by way of progress as World Super-power in its present form.
In this book, Is The EU Doomed, Jan argues that in order for the vision and dream of a Europe without borders, prospering Economically and boasting political prominence, that a radically different concept of European integration is needed.

Jan say's that in spite of the present problems the EU is facing that, the present waning will not lead to chaos and disintegration. He say's that Integration will continue, fed by profound economic interdependence, cultural empathy and political pragmatism.
However, he argues that this will be a new form of integration with no ambition to create a pan-European government.
Integration, he states, will evolve along "Functional," rather than territorial lines. It will be carried out by various regulatory agencies made up of national and regional governments, large cities and NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), representing business and citizens.

He adds, "Such diverse and decentralized integrated networks are likely to be more effective and responsive than the current EU, with it's rigid rules, dysfunctional central institutions and disconnection from the concerns of citizens and markets."

This book tries to capture this new mode of integration by employing the musical metaphor or polyphony. In the field of music, polyphony is sound and voice with a complex texture, music with parts written against other parts, with several simultaneous voices and melodys.
Polyphony does not assume unity and hierarchy, but draws strength and functionality from numerous set's from loose and contrapuntal relationships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars POOLING TOGETHER AND PULLING APART 3 Aug 2014
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`The crisis of the EU has generated a plethora of articles, but few books so far' says Professor Zielonka, so he tries to compensate this lack with what he calls modestly `an essay', 114 small pages of it. As an essay it is rather brilliant. As analysis and prediction I'm not so sure. For striking imagery I recall `institutions have a very long half-life, even when they are not working'; and as incisive perception I am not going to forget `The EU's legitimacy rests primarily on efficiency, not democracy or national identity.' To use a duller image of my own, that hits the proverbial nail. More or less everyone was in favour of the EC or whatever it used to be called simply because nobody was interested, something that Zielonka fully acknowledges. So long as it kept delivering goodies that was all that people wanted to know: they couldn't even be bothered voting in Euro-elections. Come an economic crisis and the shortcomings of the EU impinged on people's consciousness. In hard economic times nationalism can be relied on to flare up. That happened, the EU has become a convenient scapegoat for the so-called sceptics, sc outright opponents, and the rise in what calls itself nationalism is really a surge in xenophobia.

We should all know by now, and someone from Zielonka's background should be more aware than most, just what xenophobia in Europe can lead to. Zielonka is far too short-term in his thinking here, and I would call this the major failing in the book. It is all very well putting together a complacent little analysis of current German intentions and concluding (rightly, I dare say) that there is no obvious threat from that quarter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on Europe's future
I must admit that after the first two chapters I got tired of the constant, and somewhat repetitive, bashing of the EU, and I was close to putting the book aside for good, but I'm... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read on an impressive series
This is another short essay on a topical theme produced in a series that has asked some of the most pertinent issues facing the modern world.

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Published 1 month ago by G. J. Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and balanced
Although written from a eurosceptic point of view this is a very balanced analysis of the EU in it's current form, looking it's present problems, but also explaining it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zipster Zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and concise
When I saw the description in the prologue as an "essay", I must confess to having been afraid that this would be an impenetrable academic diatribe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. Ralph
3.0 out of 5 stars to eu or not to eu
This is written by an Oxford professor, who is not into the e.u....he introduces his theory about what will happen to the e.u. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars Far and Distant Land !
Excellent little volume, or essay as I believe Prof Zielonka describes it. I suspect too that in many ways he is pushing on an open door here – certainly with people like me who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Duncurin
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book in this excellent new series
The author is Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and his book is the 4th in the excellent new series entitled Global Futures which offer short introductions... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A Eurosceptic essay, interesting but probably impractical
This is a strongly Eurosceptic essay by an Oxford professor. Unlike many Eurosceptics, however, he presents a rational rather than an ideological case for why he thinks the EU in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan Pavelin
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