The European Union is therefore becoming increasingly disunited, with deepening divides between the German-dominated ‘core’ and the southern ‘periphery’, between the winners and the losers of the common currency, between the advocates of greater integration and the anti-Europeans, between the technocrats and the populists. Europe finds itself trapped by the deepening divisions that are opening up across the Continent, obstructing its ability to deal with a crisis that has already caused massive social suffering in the countries of the European periphery and is threatening to derail the very project of the European Union.
In this short book, Claus Offe brings into sharp focus the central political problem that lies at the heart of the EU and shackles its ability to deal with the most serious crisis of its short history.
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Table of Contents
- List of Abbreviations
- (1) Democratic capitalism and the European Union
- (2) The nature of the crisis
- (3) Growth, debt and doom loops
- (4) No return to square one
- (5) In search of political agency
- (6) Finalitées: Bases of identification with European integration as a political project
- (7) The configuration of political forces and preferences
- (8) Germany's leadership role for Europe: a non-starter - Framing the crisis
- (9) “Thin” citizenship: The ugly face of the EU system of rule
- (10) Redistribution across state borders and social divides