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The trouble with Europe : why the EU isn't working, how it can be reformed, what could take its place

Author: R P Bootle
Publisher: London : Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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In this new, expanded paperback edition of The Trouble with Europe, Roger Bootle• Examines the impact of UKIP and the escalation of the EU's importance in British politics – in debates over immigration as well as the wider economic issues.• Unpicks the debate over the free movement of labour – enshrined in the treaty of Rome.• Examines ramifications of the Scottish Independence referendum on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bootle, Roger.
Trouble With Europe: New and Updated Brexit Edition.
New York : Nicholas Brealey Publishing, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: R P Bootle
ISBN: 9781857889673 1857889673 9781473652989 1473652987
OCLC Number: 909908074
Notes: "New updated & expanded edition"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (353 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface to the Second Edition; Introduction: The Trouble with Europe; PART I: PAST HISTORY AND PRESENT PURPOSE; 1 How the EU Came into Being and Why; War and peace; The founding fathers; Constant change; Geographical expansion; Centripetal forces; The financial interest; The interests of elites; The guiding beliefs; The avoidance of war; Europe reunited; Squeezed between giants; Eastern challenge; Inevitability; Britain's awkward position; Escape from Communism; Other countries, other motives; A history of achievement. 2 The Trouble with the EU as a Political InstitutionThe importance of governance; What is it to be European?; Formal criteria; A different sort of expansion; The Turkish question; The Union's limits; Institutional structures; The democratic deficit; Administrative failures; Irrelevant agendas; The alienation of voters; German and French opinion; Changes in Italy; Even more euroscepticism in Britain; Growing unpopularity in other countries; The Swiss exception; A changed world; From politics to economics; PART II: THE ECONOMICS OF THE EU; 3 Has the EU Been an Economic Success? The image of successEarly success; Recent slowdown; Excuses for economic failure; Not everything is down to the EU; Trade; Capital and people; Labour law; Competition policy; Spending money; The gains from specialization; Size in theory; Subsidiarity; Size in practice; Democracy and competition; Europe's golden age; The EU's poor economic record; 4 The Trouble with the Euro; The beginnings; The lure of monetary union; How it happened; Trouble right from the beginning; The anatomy of trouble; The competitiveness gap; The debt problem; Back to the 1930s. Economic loss as the price of political gain?Economic performance in theory; Performance in practice; Disappointment all round; Bond markets' insouciance; Economic catastrophe; The contrast between Germany and France; Trouble disguised in the periphery; Turning Teutonic; Deflation and the Japanese comparison; Pouring oil on troubled waters; 5 Policies to Prevent an Economic Disaster; Just teething trouble?; Transfers for how long?; The German nightmare; A fiscal response?; The ECB to the rescue?; How QE works; German financial orthodoxy; The worst way to do QE; Calling the Germans' bluff. Monetary theology and political realityInflation worries; The euro is at the root of the trouble; What needs to be done to make the euro work; Political lessons from the euro's failure; 6 Europe's Economic Future; Prospects for higher economic growth; How an end to the euro could improve economic performance; Overturning the conventional wisdom; How could the euro break up?; The French connection; Effects on third parties; The economic benefits of euro break-up; Has Germany benefited from the euro?; The end of the euro as the answer?; The demographic timebomb; Medium-term GDP forecasts.
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This updated and expanded edition of Roger Bootle s critically acclaimed book includes new material on federal union, policies to avert catastrophe in the Eurozone (including the Greek situation) and  Read more...

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