The European Union

The European Union : A Critical Guide

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This work offers a clear and thorough critical introduction to the origins, development and current direction of the EU, and pinpoints the major debates animating decision-makers. Offering an illustrated analysis of each of the EU's major policy areas, the author places them in the context of the economic, political and philosophical bases that underpin the arguments both for and against the EU. Subjects covered include enlargement, internal and external security, the Euro, trade, the environment, employment, transport and regional policy. He explains how and why the debate about membership is frequently and falsely presented as if it were a conflict between "nationalism" and "internationalism," and argues instead that the EU is merely one of a number of possible solutions to the economic and political problems facing Britain and its other members.
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  • Paperback | 193 pages
  • 135.6 x 214.4 x 13.5mm | 299.38g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745316956
  • 9780745316956

Table of contents

Beginnings; an ever closer union?; the structure and institutions of the EU; the budget; the legislative process; enlargement; common defence or unbridled militarism; European citizenship; monetary policy; the internal market; trade; employment policy; environment, consumer and public health; the common agricultural policy; the common fisheries policy and its failure; transport; regional policy; research and development; conclusions.
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About Steven P. McGiffen

Steven P. McGiffen works for the United Left Group in the European Parliament, where his duties include following the Committee on the Environment. He is also an adviser to the Socialist Party of the Netherlands and editor of Spectre, a radical left quarterly. An opponent of the EU ( against a federal future for Europe), he has worked within the EU since 1986.
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