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The United States of Europe (Federal Trust) [Paperback]

Guy Verhofstadt
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31 Mar 2006 Federal Trust
France and the Netherlands have said no to the European Constitutional Treaty. The reasons for this no were varied. In addition to domestic political motives, contradictory fears were in play. Some thought the Treaty brought with it 'too much Europe'. Some thought it did not bring enough Europe. Others, particularly in the Netherlands, were protesting against the supposed cost of Europe. Yet others thought that the European Union's enlargement has gone ahead much too quickly. What is the next step? Europe is at a crossroads. But the choice is simple. Should we let Europe shrivel to a simple free trade zone, as some wish? Or do we take up again the European challenge and create a genuinely political Europe, a Europe that can play a role in the world; a Europe with the capacity to modernise its own economy and respond to the economic developments coming from China, India and Japan. The Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt does not mince his words. He wishes to create a 'United States of Europe,' with all member states of the European Union participating if possible, with a group of 'pioneers' if necessary. His book is required reading for anyone who cares about Europe.

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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Federal Trust for Education & Research (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903403863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903403860
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Verhofstadt has been Prime Minister of Belgium since 1999, being reelected in 2003. Since 1999 he has been a member of the European Council and is now one of Europe's most experienced leaders.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Where to? for the EU 27 Oct 2007
This short book gives a clear and concise résumé of the state of the EU 'idea' after the 'No' votes on the constitution, and a bold suggestion for the way forward. Verhofstadt pulls no punches about the solution to the current impasse in EU affairs. I liked the clear, direct language of his book, too.

To support his argument that a core group of EU Member States - those now in the Eurozone - should move forward with a clearer political and economic agenda, including a European army, Verhofstadt describes both the history of the EU's development and that of another successful federation - the US.

It is quite amusing to read about some of the events that brought the 13 original United States to where they are today, and to recognise the same events taking place here in Europe 200 years later! For instance, they held referenda in each of the States to ratify their constitution. Rhode Island voted against, but ultimately held a 2nd referendum to approve it. Plus ça change....

Good for anyone who wants to get a quick idea of the main issues on the EU agenda.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FEDERACY VS CONFEDERACY 28 Nov 2013
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On the one hand this is political, mush, but on the other hand it puts the idea of a federal United States of Europe into bold print - which can be juxtaposed alongside the confederate United Europe that we see now.
4.0 out of 5 stars visions of a united Europe 24 Aug 2009
By W Boudville - Published on
The author is well qualified to write of his dreams of a more unified and better Europe. The booklet discusses whether to go for a greater free trade region, or to have more political integration. The EU is described as being like a bicycle. You must keep peddling forward, otherwise you will topple. This is seen as a metaphor for maintaining initiative in furthering deeper integration.

Whether you agree with the author or not, his articulation here presents a well reasoned case.
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