a force for peace in the world
The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, TD
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s lecture in March 2004, on ‘The EuropeanUnion: a force for peace in the world’, came at a critical juncture in the
institution’s history; and in the Northern Ireland peace process. Importantly, he was speaking in his capacity as President of the European
Council, a position held by Ireland, as it did by rotation amongst member
states, from 1 January until 30 June that year. By then, he had intimate
and extensive experience of government at
The European Union after Brexit addresses the ways in which Brexit has changed and will change European Union politics: the forces, mechanisms and stakes of an unprecedented transformation of the European polity. How will the EU operate without one of its key diplomatic and international military partners? What will happen to its priorities, internal balance(s) of power, and legislation without the reliably liberal and Eurosceptic United Kingdom? What are the effects of the Brexit negotiations on the EU? In general, what happens when an ‘ever closer union’ founded on a virtuous circle of economic, social, and political integration is called into question? This book is largely positive about the future of the EU after Brexit, but it suggests that the process of European integration has gone into reverse, with Brexit coming amidst other developments that disrupt the optimistic trajectory of integration. Contributors focus on areas spanning foreign policy, political economy, public policy, and citizenship, with chapters covering topics such as international trade, the internal market, freedom of movement, the European legal system, networks, security relations, social Europe and the impact of Brexit on Central and Eastern Europe. Chapters are grounded in comparative politics, political economy, and institutionalist approaches to politics and economics.
Issues concerning women
➤ Descriptions of the main issues facing the EuropeanUnion
➤ Review of these issues
➤ Speculations as to the future course of the issues
THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORM
The nature of the democratic deficit
The issues concerning individual institutions of the EuropeanUnion are
described in chapter 14, on EU Institutions. However, a number of general
remarks can be made at this stage. The main concerns which politicians from
member countries and commentators have include the following
Andreas Maurer and Wolfgang Wessels
The EuropeanUnion matters:
structuring self-made offers and
Self-made demands from the EU: analysing the impact of Maastricht
The evolution of European integration since 1950 has been considerable.
The EuropeanUnion has gained in stature, taking on and aspiring to new
functions across the policy spectrum and challenging the conceptualisation of the evolving structure for joint problem-solving, deliberation and
The evolution of the Union: stages of constitution
Britain and the EuropeanUnion
➤ The background to British membership
➤ The main impacts of British membership
➤ The ways in which the party system has been affected by the EU
➤ Future prospects for British involvement
THE STORY OF BRITISH MEMBERSHIP
Britain stays out
When serious discussions began to establish a successor to the European Coal
and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1956, Britain made it clear that it was not
intending to join any new organisation. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, a
According to this book, Romania's predatory rulers, the heirs of the sinister communist dictator Ceauşescu, have inflicted a humiliating defeat on the European Union. The book argues that Brussels was tricked into offering full membership to this Balkan country in return for substantial reforms which its rulers now refuse to carry out. It unmasks the failure of the EU to match its visionary promises of transforming Romania with the shabby reality. Benefiting from access to internal reports and leading figures involved in a decade of negotiations, the book shows how Eurocrats were outwitted by unscrupulous local politicians who turned the EU's multi-level decision-making processes into a laughing-stock. The EU's famous ‘soft power’ turned out to be a mirage, as it was unable to summon up the willpower to insist that this key Balkan state embraced its standards of behaviour in the political and economic realms. The book unravels policy failures in the areas of justice, administrative and agricultural reform, showing how Romania moved backwards politically during the years of negotiations.
Democratization has suddenly become a fashionable theme
in both the practice and the study of European integration.1
Since the Treaty on EuropeanUnion (TEU) of 1991, which
both raised the profile of the integration process and substantially extended the scope of powers enjoyed by the
EuropeanUnion (EU; the Union), the Union has become far
more controversial. Received wisdom dictates that it suffers from a (generally unspecified) ‘democratic deficit’, which
was scarcely noticed beforehand. Paradoxically, however
A new EuropeanUnion
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its own
conservation. (Edmund Burke)1
A series of EU summits – Amsterdam in 1997, Berlin and Helsinki in 1999
and Nice in 2000 – focused on the need for inner reform of the institution against the prospect of future enlargement and new competences.
The general tendency was for increased intergovernmentalism, that is,
more power in the hands of the EU’s Council of Ministers and greater
influence for the European Parliament.
The Helsinki Summit
word in Brussels; it would be 40 years before the EEC would start talking about defense again. Anthony Eden, the British foreign minister, then came to the rescue of the continent, proposing that Italy and Germany sign the Brussels Pact, which in turn transformed into the Western EuropeanUnion (WEU). However, as the WEU was merely a talk shop without military capability, European security was exclusively left in NATO’s hands. In 1955, Germany was also admitted into NATO.
By the 1970s, the United States – which had supported the creation of both the ECSC and the
This book explains how and why the European Union has started to intervene in the cultural policy sector—understood here as the public policies aimed at supporting and regulating the arts and cultural industries. It is a comprehensive account of the Communitarisation process of the cultural policy sector. Before 1992, no legal basis for EU intervention in the field of culture appeared in the Treaties. Member states were, in any case, reluctant to share their competences in a policy sector considered to be an area of national sovereignty. In such circumstances, how was the Communitarisation of the policy sector ever possible? Who were the policy actors that played a role in this process? What were their motives? And why were certain actors more influential than others?