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Pandora, Penelope, Polity: How to Change the European Union

By (author) Andrew Duff
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: John Harper Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Published: 19th Jan 2015
Dimensions: w 110mm h 195mm d 10mm
Weight: 130g
ISBN-10: 0992974860
ISBN-13: 9780992974862
Barcode No: 9780992974862
The European Union enters 2015 amid profound uncertainty as to its future direction. The main task of a new round of treaty amendment will be to create the constitutional framework for fiscal and eventual political union, while somehow also dealing with the British demand for renegotiation of its terms of membership. Many of Europe's leaders fear opening the 'Pandora's box' of further constitutional change but the box is already open, and the bigger risk lies in failing to take action. Without ignoring the risks of failure, this book explores what could be done by way of treaty revision and how the delicate task should be approached. The author describes the recent history of amending the EU treaties, and examines some of the better proposals for reform, notably the Commission's draft 'Penelope' proposal and the Spinelli Group's proposed 'Fundamental Law'. He argues that European integration has now reached the point when the EU needs a proper government if it is to survive and prosper. While not blind to the conflicting pressures of the times, his underlying vision remains positive. For, as he says: 'despite Pandora, the Union has usually emerged stronger from making the constitutional effort. It can do so again.' Full of concrete and reasoned proposals, succinct, clearly written and carefully referenced to what the current treaties say, this book is both a federalist 'call to arms' and a valuable textbook for anyone interested in the EU's current and possible future constitutional arrangements.

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