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The Future of Europe: Towards a Two-Speed EU? [Paperback]

Jean-Claude Piris
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22 Dec 2011
The European Union is in crisis. Public unease with the project, Euro problems and dysfunctional institutions give rise to the real danger that the European Union will become increasing irrelevant just as its member states face more and more challenges of a globalised world. Jean-Claude Piris, a leading figure in the conception and drafting of the EU's legal structures, tackles the issues head on with a sense of urgency and with candour. The book works through the options available in light of the economic and political climate, assessing their effectiveness. By so doing, the author reaches the (for some) radical conclusion that the solution is to permit 'two-speed' development: allowing an inner core to move towards closer economic and political union, which will protect the Union as a whole. Compelling, critical and current, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the future of Europe.

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (22 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107662567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107662568
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Key publication on the two speed Europe debate 25 April 2012
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An excellent small book! If you are interested in the current crisis of the euro, and in what will happen to the European Union, this lucid and clear analysis is a must-read. It describes four possible paths that the European Union might take in the future, with their pros and cons. It does not hide from reality, describing objectively the present weaknesses of the EU, the risks of irrelevance or even of a splitting up of the EU in the future, and the necessity to react. An important contribution to the economic and political debate on the (unavoidable?) "two-speed" Europe.
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