European Integration: Perspetives and Challenges
We are undoubtedly witnessing a continuously changing interpolar setting, which makes us to be even more cautious with what we know about the international system, its actors, their relations, future positions and possible roles. We certainly face
abundant challenges, – and surely – opportunities, together with a growing number of insecurities, to which proper answers are to be articulated. In a number of cases individual responses are not plausible (basically impossible), yet, in almost all cases
– in addition to joint/common positions – single national or sub-national (e.g. on the level of a city/county) reactions are expected. The European Union cannot escape from becoming a ‘real’ global actor so that it can safeguard the community of values that are dear to hundreds of millions (and even more) people in Europe and beyond.
In particular, when ongoing crises – such as the one in Ukraine – challenge the many plans and policies the members of the Union have constructed since the foundation stones were laid down in 1957. In a time of rising Euroscepticism, it is even more adequate to ask: which direction(s) to take for a more coherent community and a firmer global actorness on the world stage, while coping with and accommodating diverging national views and interests?
The present volume addresses many challenges the European Union faces as we soon enter the second half of the second decade of the twenty-first century. These historic times have been attributed many names and characteristics such as the
“post-American world” (Zakaria), an “interpolar world” (Grevi), a “uni-mutipolar world” (Huntington), or the rise and fall of “Chimerica” (Ferguson), but more and more markedly, the “The Next Big Thing: Africa” (Moyo). It is not surprising, therefore, that the EU – having been struggling with its own internal challenges (and reforms) for a long time – needs to tackle a large pool of heated questions on identity, citizenship, democratic deficit, territorial cohesion, regional policy, gender issues, foreign policies and partnerships, or multi-level governance, as a matter of fact.
All these are discussed in this book with the intention to present fresh arguments, contribute to sophisticated new debates and help the efforts of predominantly tertiary education by offering the volume as an educational tool for all those teaching
EU-, EU integration-related courses, and naturally, also those taking such modules as students majoring in EU Studies, International Relations, Political Science, History, and many more social science domains.
With the grant support of the EU’s Jean Monnet Programme (Project reference number: 529548-LLP-1-2012-1-HU-AJM-PO), we are glad to present this new e-book,