'[The reader] will learn much along the way, gaining legal and historical perspective on different forms of co-operation between member states outside, inside and alongside the EU's own treaties … [Piris] is a great teacher. As the best professors do, he challenges and provokes and gets us arguing.' European Voice
'Piris knows the issues from the inside. He deserves a serious hearing for his argument that the EU's institutions require a radical redesign.' Tony Barber, Financial Times
'[A] remarkable contribution to the current debate on Europe's future … anyone seriously concerned about the future of the Union should read the compelling description and analysis this book puts forward.' Europe's World
'[Piris's] argument is challenging, stimulating and controversial.' The Institute of International and European Affairs blog
'Thought provoking and compelling.' LSE Review of Books
'For a very long time, as director-general of the legal service at the Council of the Union's general secretariat, Jean-Claude Piris participated as a legal advisor in all inter-governmental conferences that have changed the profile of the European Union since the conference that gave birth to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. It is therefore an institutional expert who, in this high tempo opuscule, attempts to identify the ways of redemption for a European Union that is decidedly off-colour.' European Library
'We are indebted to Jean-Claude Piris for posing hard and important questions about the current European Union. His analysis has enriched our understanding of what a two-speed European Union means, how it might be attained and its distinctiveness from the multi-speed reality of the current European Union. He has energised debate and this review should be seen as part of the discourse.' Paul Craig, European Law Review
A candid account of what Europe must do to overcome its current crisis. Written by a leading figure in European law, it concludes that only 'two-speed' development can save the project. Critical and accessible, this is required reading for European lawyers, political scientists and all interested in the EU's future.