United States of Europe: Manifesto for a New Europe

Overview

France and the Netherlands have said "no" to the European Constitutional Treaty. In addition to domestic political motives, contradictory fears were in play. Some thought the Treaty brought with it "too much Europe." Some thought it did not bring enough Europe. Others, particularly in the Netherlands, were protesting against the supposed cost of Europe. Yet others thought that the European Union's enlargement has gone ahead much too quickly.What is the next step? The Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt does ...

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Overview

France and the Netherlands have said "no" to the European Constitutional Treaty. In addition to domestic political motives, contradictory fears were in play. Some thought the Treaty brought with it "too much Europe." Some thought it did not bring enough Europe. Others, particularly in the Netherlands, were protesting against the supposed cost of Europe. Yet others thought that the European Union's enlargement has gone ahead much too quickly.What is the next step? The Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt does not mince his words. He wishes to create a "United States of Europe," with all member states of the European Union participating if possible, with a group of "pioneers" if necessary. His book is required reading for anyone who cares about Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903403860
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Series: Federal Trust Series
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Verhofstadt has been Prime Minister of Belgium since 1999. Since then he has been a member of the European Council and is now one of Europe's most experienced leaders.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Prologue     15
Europe in crisis     19
Conflicting signals     23
Why did so many citizens vote 'no'?     25
From The Hague to Brussels     31
Europe: unknown and unloved     35
A free trade area or a political Europe?     39
The experience of the United States of America     43
A new Europe     49
Five tasks for the new Europe     53
New financing for a new Europe     65
New institutions for a new Europe     69
A 'United States of Europe' in an 'Organisation of European States'     71
A European referendum     75
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