This book explores the political and economic issues currently challenging EU member states affecting both the core Eurozone and non-core states. It analyses and explains how its own economic, and political, relationships have been critically influenced by fierce competition from its rivals in other major global economies, as well as by the systemic weaknesses in the economic and financial model it created. The book provides insight into both the underlying and more immediate economic and social challenges created by: its post-2007 enlargement to 28 countries - excluding the Balkan remnants of former Yugoslavia; the nature of the regulatory regime centralized in Brussels, and the host of issues and critiques this fosters; its 'open borders' policy and precious guiding principle, crystallized in the Schengen agreement; security weaknesses exacerbated by increasing volumes of migration; and the ongoing debt crises as the greatest existential challenge to the EU project. Featuring interviews with high profile key players from inside and outside Europe the book will examine new and underlying stresses - political and economic - to guide a greater understanding of the EU plan.
John Theodore is a trained barrister and was Director of the International Tourism Research and Consultancy Centre specialising in EU projects at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, for 20 years. He has published in international law journals and formerly lectured in business and international law. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Warsaw University, Poland, where he was awarded the Senate Medal of Merit.
Jonathan Theodore studied at the University of Oxford and King's College London, UK and has been a tutor in early European history at the latter. His first book, Cyprus and the Financial Crisis, was published by Palgrave in 2015 and his second, The Modern Cultural Myth of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published by Palgrave in 2016. He is a post-doctoral fellow at Kings College London, UK.
Dimitrios Syrrakos is a senior lecturer in economics at Manchester Metropolitan University's Business School, UK, with research interests and publications on fiscal and monetary policy and international monetary relations.
Chapter 1. Background to the current crises - Maastricht EMS; Nice Lisbon Treaties.- Chapter 2. The Euro debt crisis - The North South divide.- Chapter 3. The Effect of Asylum/Refugee/Asylum Migration on Eurozone economies from Africa, the Middle East and Asia - Security and terrorism; Policies/debates on Integration.- Chapter 4. Brexit and post referendum-EU Right wing movements- future of the EU-Schengen and the Surrender of National Sovereignty; anti- immigration contagion in Eastern Europe.- Chapter 5. Security - EU and the relationship with China and Russia.- Chapter 6. Taxation - EU and the relationship with the Multinationals.- Chapter 7. Conclusion - Panaceas for the Future.