The European Union Explained: Institutions, Actors, Global Impact Paperback – 16 Jul 2013
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"An informative, well-paced, and clearly articulated narrative of the European Union's development." --Jennifer Yoder, Colby College
"A wonderful exposition of the European Union." --Ambassador Donato Chiarini, European Commission
"Readers in America and Europe alike will benefit from the very considerable expertise revealed in these pages." --Hugh Dykes, House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the European Union
About the Author
Andreas Staab is the founder and director of EPIC--the European Policy Information Centre, a UK-based consultancy on the European Union. He teaches in the London programs of three North American universities and is author of National Identity in Eastern Germany.
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Germany is an essential player. Ever since the foundation of the German Reich in 1871, it has been the target of distrust and fear from its neighbors on account of its size and power. Not ever to have to suffer through catastrophic World Wars again, it has resolved to firmly embed and legally anchor itself within Europe, thus avoiding the appearance of an independent and menacing power. For the sake of its own safety, it has therefore been a stalwart defender of the Union and, I trust, will be successful in safeguarding it in one form or another.
Perhaps the most important step would be to create a unified European Military Force, along with dismantling national armies and relaying conflict resolution to the European Court rather than to the battlefield. With no nation having an army, Europe's "perpetual peace" would be guaranteed and Brussel's rule can thus be relaxed to more intergovernmental methods. Not only would that please those lukewarm Europeans, but it would more importantly open the gates into geographic expansion, for it would then more easily spread this marvelous European gospel, Peace-through-Trade-and-Common-Law, eastward into Asia. Who knows, once Vladimir Putin has gone, it might reach Vladivostok, or even go beyond.
This book is well worth your reading.