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Book Cover: Mémoires
Parte di 1976 series:
Editions:Cartaceo (French): € 15,00 EUR
Pages: 642

Dans ses mémoires, Jean Monnet offre un aperçu détaillé de sa vie tout en la replaçant dans le contexte historique du XXème siècle. Il décrit son enfance depuis sa naissance en novembre 1888 dans une famille de négociants en cognac et comment il fut envoyé à Londres à l'âge de 16 ans. Ses activités de commerce et de banque vont l'amener à voyager et acquérir une vue large du monde des affaires et de la politique internationale. Homme de réflexion et d'action, il occupe de nombreuses fonctions économiques et politiques. Après avoir été Secrétaire général adjoint de la Société des Nations (ancêtre des Nations Unies), il consacre une grande partie de sa vie à l’intégration européenne. Il est l'inspirateur de la 'Déclaration Schuman' du 9 mai 1950 proposant de placer la production franco-allemande du charbon et de l'acier sous la responsabilité d'une Haute Autorité commune, dans une organisation ouverte aux autres pays européens, la Communauté européenne du charbon et de l'acier (CECA), qui sera à l'origine de la Communauté européenne. Il est nommé en 1952 premier président de la Haute Autorité de la CECA. Après l'échec de la Communauté européenne de défense, il fonde en 1955 le 'Comité d'Action pour les Etats-Unis d'Europe' et contribue à la création du Conseil européen et à l'élection du Parlement européen au suffrage universel. Il se retire de la vie politique en 1976, se voit décerner le titre de 'Citoyen d'honneur de l'Europe' par le Conseil européen et meurt en mars 1979.

Book Cover: Tainted source : undemocratic origins of the European idea
Parte di 1997 series:
Editions:Cartaceo: € 69,85 EUR
Size: 12,70 x 19,69 cm
Pages: 416
Digitale: € 3,99 EUR
Pages: 416

The book examines the intellectual origins of the European project, and finds similarities with fascist ideas, notably geopolitics, and Nazi economic policies. For example, German industrialists held a conference on a 'European economic community' in 1942. Laughland links Schuman, Monnet, Spaak and Delors to fascist organisations, but makes clear that he does not suggest that the European idea was inspired by fascist ideology. He finds further historical antecedents in the German customs union and subsequent unification of Germany in the 19th century, and as far back as the Holy Roman Empire.
Laughland opposes the European Union because it undermines the nation state, which he considers as the essential foundation for liberty and democracy. He argues that the EU subordinates democracy and national sovereignty to corporatist economic objectives. He is wary of the power of central banks, and advocates a return of the gold standard.
Laughland extends his criticism to international organisations like NATO, OSCE and the Council of Europe, which he chides for promoting antinationalism.

Book Cover: Europe's present challenge and future opportunity
Parte di 1977 series:
  • Europe's present challenge and future opportunity
Pages: 17

This speech, the first in the Jean Monnet series by distinguished guests at the European University Institute, was given on 27 October 1977, after Jenkins had completed his first nine months as European Commission President. In a Europe battered by oil-price hikes and economic troubles, Jenkins had sought an initiative to take the Community forward. Having settled on monetary union, reviving the ideas first set out in the 1971 Werner Report, Jenkins used this Florence speech to set out his plans in public for the first time.

Explicitly calling for debate on the subject to be part of the campaign for the first European elections in 1979, Jenkins set out his case for monetary union in seven points:
1- Monetary union would favour more efficient and rationalised industry and trade in the Community
2- The Community would gain from having a major international currency, rivalling the dollar
3- Monetary union would help establish a new era of price stability (he was of course speaking in an era of high inflation)
4- A new impulse, comparable to the industrial revolution, could help to restore full employment
5- A stronger system of public finance would ensure smoother distribution of economic gains among the regions of the Community
6- The Community would develop new institutions to manage monetary policy and public finance
7- Monetary union would be a vehicle for political integration

He rejected the possibility of a gradual development of monetary union, stating that Europe would need to prepare itself to take a “great leap”. Moreover, he underlined the significance of the political implications of monetary union, but noted that Member States no longer had “real and efficient sovereignty over monetary issues”.

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Book Cover: Delors : inside the house that Jacques built
Editions:Cartaceo: € 32,26 EUR
Pages: 304

This biography of Jacques Delors, published as he entered the final year of his Presidency of the European Commission, tells the story of how he reinvigorated an institution which had lost influence in the recession-hit Europe of the early 1980s. As French Finance Minister in François Mitterand’s first government, Delors had been responsible for austerity policies which had helped pull the country out of economic trouble.

Delors was appointed Commission President in July 1984, and immediately sought a “big idea” with which he could drive the Community out of its moribund state. He chose the internal market, in part because that was the only area which would be supported by all 10 of the Member States at the time. With the initiative launched, he then persuaded governments to launch the process of treaty change, leading to the 1986 Single European Act, with its all-important introduction of qualified majority voting in the Council. This was critical if the internal market programme, with its 297 legislative measures was to be completed by the deadline of the end of 1992.

The biography outlines Delors’ role in the major subsequent developments in the Community over his three terms in office (1985-1995), including the fixing of a first multi-year budget package, the development of plans for economic and monetary union, German reunification, and the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty.

It relates how he, together with his chef de cabinet, Pascal Lamy, reorganised the Commission and, despite its collegiate system, focused power in the President’s office. It also considers how Delors' Socialism and Christian faith influenced his work on the European project, not least his championing of a 'social Europe' alongside the internal market.

This short book is part of a series of discussion papers on key EU issues published by the Philip Morris Institute, which was set up in 1993 to contribute to the European policy debate. Written in a climate of recession and reservation over economic and monetary union, the paper brings together six distinguished authors from a wide variety of backgrounds to tackle the topic of public support for the EU – or rather the lack of it. The contributors look at the reasons behind this and discuss the issue of euroscepticism (also looking at the role played by the media), with British political analyst Anthony King debunking some euro myths along the way. The general consensus is that progress is slow and more needs to be done to gain public confidence and better communicate the EU to citizens so they can make properly informed decisions.

Emma Bonino, who at the time was the EU Commissioner for Fisheries, Consumer Policy and the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO), was bold enough to suggest there might be more to public disappointment in the process of European integration than simply a matter of misunderstanding the message. Suggesting rather that the case might be that the public disagreed with it? The issues debated remain current and the question in the paper's title is one that is still being asked today.

Book Cover: Padre ricco padre povero: Quello che i ricchi insegnano ai figli sul denaro
Editions:Cartaceo (Italian): € 52,00 EUR
Size: 66,00 x 50,00 cm
Pages: 222

Padre ricco padre povero vi insegnerà a:
* eliminare la convinzione che occorre uno stipendio alto per diventare ricchi
* Non pensare più che la casa sia un attivo
* Dimostrare ai genitori che il sistema scolastico non fornisce una preparazione economico-finanziaria
* Spiegare una volta per tutte la differenza tra attivi e passivi
* Insegnare ai vostri figli come conseguire il successo economico

Book Cover: Il metodo Warren Buffett: I segreti del più grande investitore del mondo
Editions:Cartaceo (Italian): € 10,00 EUR
Size: 20,00 x 100,00 cm
Pages: 200

In una carriera finanziaria lunga quasi sessant’anni, Warren Buffett si è confrontato con un’infinità di sfide ottenendo sempre un successo senza pari. La sua umiltà, la sua integrità morale e la sua onestà intellettuale non solo lo hanno fatto amare da milioni di investitori, ma sono anche oggetto di studio per tutti coloro che decidono di intraprendere una carriera finanziaria. Nonostante la mole di informazioni disponibili oggi sul mercato azionario, molti investitori faticano ancora a ottenere dei profitti. La visione e l’esperienza di Warren Buffett si collocano lontano dagli eccessi del mercato. Ecco per ché in questa nuova edizione Hagstrom colloca la filosofia di investimento dell’«Oracolo di Omaha» nella giusta prospettiva storica e, contemporaneamente, mostra come è possibile usare efficacemente questo approccio nel proprio lavoro. Dopo aver esaminato in dettaglio la sua storia personale e professionale, Hagstrom si dedica a esaminare le personalità - da Benjamin Graham e Philip Fisher a Charlie Munger - che hanno influenzato la visione finanziaria di Buffett. Di seguito viene esplorato pezzo dopo pezzo il metodo Warren Buffett, dimostrando che ciò che Buffett fa non è oltre le capacità intellettuali di ognuno di noi, e come il suo metodo nel vendere e acquistare azioni si basi su dodici solidi principi inattaccabili dalle mode. Attraverso informazioni di prima mano, Hagstrom spiega come questi principi siano alla base di molte acquisizioni (Coca-Cola, IBM, Heinz), della razionalità che sta dietro queste sue decisioni e del perché focalizzare gli investimenti semplifichi la gestione del proprio portafoglio azionario. Ma non solo: contemporaneamente vengono mostrate quali sono le sfide psicologiche da superare per gestire un portfolio con il metodo Warren Buffett e il ruolo giocato dalla pazienza negli investimenti a lungo termine. Imparare i principi di Warren Buffett e basare i propri investimenti su di essi forse non farà diventare ricchi, ma aiuterà senz’altro a gestire meglio il proprio portafoglio azionario e a renderlo più profittevole nel tempo.

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