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Status of European integration : possible trajectory / Purusottam Bhattacharya.

By: Bhattacharya, Purusottam.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookLanguage: eng.Publisher: Chennai : Macmillan Education, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi, 2021Description: x, 174 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9789390370115.Subject(s): European federation | European UnionDDC classification: 341.2422 Summary: In the 20th century, Europe has seen enormous change that has been both cataclysmic and creative. The Europe that emerged at the end of the Second World War was a continent that was politically, economically and psychologically shattered and whose constituent units lay in virtual ruin. The process of recovery mandated that there would be no return to the internecine enmities that had reduced the mighty European powers to this condition. This resolve took the shape of a unity movement that began in the 1940s and culminated in the integration of Europe under the banner of the European Union. During the six decades of its existence, the EU has successfully proliferated its vision, enlarging itself from the six founding nations to the present twenty-eight Member States. As a result of the continuing enlargement, a once cohesive and homogeneous entity has been transformed into a heterogeneous, at times unwieldy, even cumbersome juggernaut, constantly threatened with the danger of losing its way. With the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, the Union has lurched from one crisis to another. Issues around European and individual national identities; the Sovereign Debt crisis or the Eurozone crisis; the mortal threat of terrorism; the refugee influx in 2015; the rise of the radical right and finally Brexit- the evolution of the Union has been nothing less than tumultuous. Such a relentless stream of internal conflicts has made many EU watchers wonder if the Union is faced with an existential crisis. After all, what are the true geographical boundaries of Europe? What is the glue that makes its diverse parts feel connected is it a shared history or is it interdependent commerce? This book explores whether an existential crisis has truly gripped the Union and how its trajectory of growth is likely to evolve. It also explores fundamental questions like can the EU survive and if so, in what shape and form will it disintegrate? Then what would be the nature of a post-EU Europe?
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

In the 20th century, Europe has seen enormous change that has been both cataclysmic and creative. The Europe that emerged at the end of the Second World War was a continent that was politically, economically and psychologically shattered and whose constituent units lay in virtual ruin. The process of recovery mandated that there would be no return to the internecine enmities that had reduced the mighty European powers to this condition.

This resolve took the shape of a unity movement that began in the 1940s and culminated in the integration of Europe under the banner of the European Union. During the six decades of its existence, the EU has successfully proliferated its vision, enlarging itself from the six founding nations to the present twenty-eight Member States. As a result of the continuing enlargement, a once cohesive and homogeneous entity has been transformed into a heterogeneous, at times unwieldy, even cumbersome juggernaut, constantly threatened with the danger of losing its way.

With the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, the Union has lurched from one crisis to another. Issues around European and individual national identities; the Sovereign Debt crisis or the Eurozone crisis; the mortal threat of terrorism; the refugee influx in 2015; the rise of the radical right and finally Brexit- the evolution of the Union has been nothing less than tumultuous.

Such a relentless stream of internal conflicts has made many EU watchers wonder if the Union is faced with an existential crisis. After all, what are the true geographical boundaries of Europe? What is the glue that makes its diverse parts feel connected is it a shared history or is it interdependent commerce?

This book explores whether an existential crisis has truly gripped the Union and how its trajectory of growth is likely to evolve. It also explores fundamental questions like can the EU survive and if so, in what shape and form will it disintegrate? Then what would be the nature of a post-EU Europe?

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