European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.
Introduction: Unity in Diversity – the Challenge for the EU
The beginning of the twenty-first century is an obvious time to consider the future of the European Union (EU). Fifty years after the establishment of the European Coal Steel Community (ECSC), and a decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, what are the prospects for Europe in the new century? Are the notions of ‘ever closer union’ of the Treaty of Rome or ‘the common European home’ of Gorbachev to be regarded as empty rhetoric? Or is there a real likelihood that such ideas will be translated into practice? No one can answer such questions, but each chapter of this book contributes to the task, ...