Book Cover: Une Europe pour tous : dix essais sur la construction européenne
Parte di 1997 series:
Editions:Cartaceo (French): € 23,00 EUR
Size: 14,10 x 22,00 cm
Pages: 178

Le livre de Philippe de Schoutheete propose au lecteur un 'guide éclairé', comme le souligne Jacques Delors dans sa préface, afin de comprendre la complexité du processus de la construction européenne et de retrouver l'essentiel du message européen. L'ouvrage insiste sur les acquis et les points forts sans jamais éluder les lacunes, les ambiguïtés et les contradictions de la construction européenne basée sur des compromis successifs et des équivoques volontaires. Différents chapitres sont couplés de manière dialectique tels que l'empire et la nation, la cohérence et la diversité, la compétition et la solidarité, la puissance et l'impuissance. Faire comprendre l'Europe, c'est d'abord, pour l'auteur, rappeler ce qui a déclenché l'unification européenne, c'est à dire la recherche d'un bien commun européen introduisant des règles et des contraintes au service d'une ambition politique. L'auteur veut sortir de l'éternel débat Etat-nation versus Europe et insiste sur un subtil équilibre entre non-ingérence et suppléance des institutions européennes vis à vis des Etats membres tout en regrettant le déficit démocratique, le manque de transparence de l'U.E. De Schoutheete conclut en demandant aux Européens de se poser les vraies questions : quel modèle de société voulons-nous et quel est le niveau de nos ambitions face au défi de la mondialisation?

Editors:
Cover Artists:
Genres:
Tags:
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.

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.

Di admin