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Abram De Swaan

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Chapter 3: Policy without Politics: Social, Cultural and Linguistic Affairs in the European Union

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Policy without Politics: Social, Cultural and Linguistic Affairs in the European Union
Policy without politics: Social, cultural and linguistic affairs in the european union
AbramDe Swaan

A peculiar political construct has emerged from the combination of European states in the past half century: the European Union (EU) is more than a confederation, but less than a federation; more than just a free trade zone, but not quite an economic whole; almost a world power, but one without an army or an effective foreign policy of its own; with a common currency, the Euro, but with coins that reserve a different verso for each member state. And yet, taken together, in less than a lifetime, these are major achievements. The ambitions are even more grandiose: ever eastward. The ...

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