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The triumph of ideology over good sense
Tom Gallagher

to emigration as the only alternative to poverty or starvation’. 4 On the political right, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman also warned that the single currency would ultimately cause major problems. ‘The euro was really adopted for political and not economic purposes, as a step towards the myth of the United States of Europe,’ Friedman declared in September 1997. ‘I believe its effect will be exactly the opposite.’ 5 Currency unions had risen and fallen in Europe in previous centuries, leaving abundant evidence that when problems arose in one

in Europe’s path to crisis
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The political and economic growth of a continent

This study interprets and interrelates the major political, economic and security developments in Europe – including transatlantic relations – from the end of World War II up until the present time, and looks ahead to how the continent may evolve politically in the future. It weaves all the different strands of European events together into a single picture that gives the reader a deep understanding of the continent, and of its current and future challenges. The first chapters trace European reconstruction and political, economic and security developments – both in the East and in the West – leading up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Later chapters examine the European Union's reform efforts, enlargement, movement to a single currency and emerging security role; the political and economic changes in central and Eastern Europe, including Russia; the break up of Yugoslavia and the wars that ensued; and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)'s enlargement and search for a new mission. Final chapters deal with forces affecting Europe's future, such as terrorism, nationalism, religion, demographic trends and globalisation.

Disintegration via monetary union

Cooperation and trust were increasingly scarce commodities in the inner councils of the EU. This book explores why the boldest initiative in the sixty-year quest to achieve a borderless Europe has exploded in the face of the EU. A close examination of each stage of the EU financial emergency that offers evidence that the European values that are supposed to provide solidarity within the twenty eight-member EU in good times and bad are flimsy and thinly distributed. The book aims to show that it is possible to view the difficulties of the EU as rooted in much longer-term decision-making. It begins with an exploration of the long-term preparations that were made to create a single currency encompassing a large part of the European Union. The book then examines the different ways in which the European Union seized the initiative from the European nation-state, from the formation of the Coal and Steel Community to the Maastricht Treaty. It focuses on the role of France and Germany in the EU. Difficulties that have arisen for the EU as it has tried to foster a new European consciousness are discussed next. The increasingly strained relationship between the EU and the democratic process is also examined. The book discusses the evolution of the crisis in the eurozone and the shortcomings which have impeded the EU from bringing it under control. It ends with a portrait of a European Union in 2013 wracked by mutual suspicions.

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Neil McNaughton

implies that national governments would lose control over who would be admitted to their territory. It also brings closer the concept that individuals may be expected to owe a higher allegiance to Europe than to their nation of birth or adoption. THE EFFECTS OF THE SINGLE CURRENCY The development of the single currency has, of course, been of great importance to the European project. However, it is no longer a live political issue. The single currency is here to stay for the time being and its successful introduction in early 2002 confirms that there is little point in

in Understanding British and European political issues
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Routes away from crisis
Tom Gallagher

talking about people with no jobs being ‘more flexible’. 5 One country, Germany, has risen to assume the leadership of the EU. Although currently it enjoys immunity from the pain of much of the rest of the eurozone, the future of the single currency and perhaps of the wider Union itself seems largely to be in its hands. Currently, it insists that its economic model can be emulated by the deficit countries, wrongly believing that its plight at the turn of the century is comparable to the deep crisis many of them are facing. Thus, a morality tale has been preached year

in Europe’s path to crisis
Tom Gallagher

character. Thus the single currency was overtly designed to lock a newly united Germany into a common monetary union in which it would act in concert with countries possessing less powerful economies rather than dominate them outright. However the post-1999 currency union is by far the costliest mistake in the history of the European integration process. It was the culmination of a growing tendency by central planners and Europhile politicians to take decisions over the heads of citizens, ones that benefited a small group of vested interests and had the potential to

in Europe’s path to crisis
Towards a union or not?
Kjell M. Torbiörn

? How should power be shared among the governments of the member states as represented in the Council of Ministers, the peoples of the Union as represented in the European Parliament, and an appointed but political bureaucracy, the Commission? How open and transparent could the EU be, given the many sensitive issues it was now handling, such as foreign policy, security and defence? Rendering answers to these questions more urgent was the arrival, in January 1999, of the Economic and Monetary Union and the single currency, the euro, among eleven (and soon twelve) EU

in Destination Europe
The Party of European Socialists and the financial crisis
Michael Holmes
Simon Lightfoot

crisis not as a single phenomenon, but as a series of closely interrelated crises, ranging from the initial banking crisis to a recessionary crisis and finally to the crisis that enveloped the single currency. Therefore, it should also be pointed out that the crises were played out at multiple levels: at the level of individual national states, at the level of the European Union and at a global level. The chapter has two objectives. The first relates to theories of the development of Euro-parties. There are two broad strands in this literature. The first of these

in European social democracy during the global economic crisis
João Labareda

I. Introduction This chapter addresses the question, does the duty of economic reciprocity, as discussed in Chapter 1 , apply to the EU? If so, to what extent? I argue that claims of reciprocity in the EU are closely linked to the economic structure of the Union, which I discuss in terms of three main features: the common market, the single currency, and freedom of movement. I argue that the patterns of specialization in the common market produced a “distributive vicious circle”, which prevents poorly performing states from improving their condition. This

in Towards a just Europe
Tom Gallagher

We are clearly confronted with a tension within the system, the dilemma of being a monetary union and not a fully-fledged economic and political union. The tension has been there since the single currency was created. However, the general public was not really made aware of it. 1 Herman von Rompuy, 26 May 2010 The President of the European Council delivered these remarks when the seriousness of the financial crisis that first revealed itself in Greece became evident across the rest of the eurozone. He was, no doubt reluctantly, drawing attention to

in Europe’s path to crisis