Winner of the 2014 European Book Prize.
A "United States of Europe", Winston Churchill proposed in 1946,could "as if by a miracle transform" that "turbulent and mightycontinent". "In this way only", he continued, "will hundreds ofmillions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopeswhich make life worth living".
Today, nearly seventy years later, over 500 million people live inthe member states of the European Union - a greater numberthan in any other political community save for China and India. Thecurrency of the Union, the euro, is used in economic transactionsworld-wide. Yet the EU is mired in the greatest crisis of itshistory, one that threatens its very existence as an entity able tohave an impact upon world affairs. Europe no longer seems somighty, instead but faces the threat of becoming an irrelevantbackwater or, worse, once again the scene of turbulent conflicts.Divisions are arising all over Europe, while the popularity of theUnion sinks. How can this situation be turned around?
It is a mistake, argues Anthony Giddens, to see the misfortunes ofthe euro as the sole source of Europe's malaise. The Union facesproblems shared by most or all of the developed states of theworld. Reform in Europe must go far beyond stabilizing the euro,formidable and fraught though that task may be. Introducing anarray of new ideas, Giddens suggests this is the time for afar-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole.
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Anthony Giddens is former Director of the London School ofEconomics, Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, andMember of the House of Lords, UK.
Figures and Tables vi
1 The EU as Community of Fate 18
2 Austerity and After 54
3 No More Social Model? 87
4 The Cosmopolitan Imperative 121
5 Climate Change and Energy 151
6 The Search for Relevance 182
Winner of the European Book Prize for Non-Fiction
"Rich in insights on conceptualising problems and identifying solutions."
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"A significant intervention into the debate about Europe's future."
Gerhard Schroder, former Chancellor of Germany
"An indispensable book at a time when clear thinking about the EU is vital. Deserves to be actively debated across Europe at such a critical juncture in the continent's history."
Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Secretary-General of NATO
"In the 1980s the famous Cecchini Report played a crucial role in fostering the single currency. I expect this book by Tony Giddens to play a similar role in the creation of the more integrated Europe essential to us all twenty five years later."
Giuliano Amato, former Prime Minister of Italy
"A great book bout the possibilities for European social democracy in the modern world."
"From the perspective of a new entrant country like Romania, Giddens' views are as relevant as they are to the founding member states. A must-read for all who are concerned about Europe's future, whatever shade of opinion they may hold."
Ana Birchall, MP and Member of the European Affairs Commission, Romanian Parliament
"A must-read from one of the leading thinkers of our time, for all who want the European Project to adapt and progress, and preferably do so with the United Kingdom as a committed member of a stronger but also more flexible Union."
Kemal Dervis, Vice-President for Global Economics at the Brookings Institution and former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs
..".Giddens succeeds in cutting through much of the turgid intramural debate on Europe to offer a clear diagnosis of the European Union's dilemma, and a powerful argument in its favour."
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"The author raises a wide range of subjects: global warming, energy consumption, immigration, digital economy, diplomacy. His viewpoints are clear. This oeuvre offers a logical and thought-provoking perspective."
"This latest work by Anthony Giddens is a brilliant and subtle contribution to the future of Europe."
"The book provides a comprehensive and relatively accessible overview of the diverse problems facing contemporary Europe."
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