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The Construction of the European Union

The Construction of the European Union

978280628975984EBookPlurilingua PublishingThe European Union is both one of the most influential and one of the most polarizing supranational bodies in the world. With its own monetary union, the Eurozone, and key rights including free movement throughout the 28 member states for EU citizens, its supporters see it as the most effective means of fostering international cooperation on the continent, while its critics have decried it as remote, unaccountable and undemocratic. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how the EU came to exist in its current form, learn about the institutions that make it work and gain an understanding of the challenges it has faced in the past and those that must overcome if it is to survive in the 20th century. This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key stages in the development of the EU, including its forerunners the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community. It also features a full biography of the key protagonists, including Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Paul-Henri Spaak, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of its main achievements and setbacks to date, giving you everything you need to understand this crucial international institution. About the construction of the European Union The first steps to foster greater cooperation between the countries of Europe were taken in the aftermath of the Second World War and were motivated by a desire to establish lasting peace and set the continent on the path to recovery. Since then, the supranational body has undergone a series of changes, including in particular the accession of the former Eastern bloc countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the adoption of a single currency, the euro. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to safeguarding peace and human rights on the continent. This clear and accessible 84-page book is structured as follows: Introduction to the construction of the European Union Political, social and economic context Early experiments in cooperation (1945-1957) Key protagonists Konrad Adenauer Robert Schuman Jean Monnet Charles de Gaulle Paul-Henri Spaak François Mitterrand Valéry Giscard d’Estaing Helmut Kohl The construction of the EU The creation of the Council of Europe The European Coal and Steel Community: towards economic cooperation Initial failures The creation of the European Economic Community: a key turning point The first setbacks in the construction of the European Union (1960-1969) Further expansion (1969-1989) From the EEC to the EU (1989-2004) The 2000s: a new order The EU today Summary The European Union is both one of the most influential and one of the most polarizing supranational bodies in the world. With its own monetary union, the Eurozone, and key rights including free movement throughout the 28 member states for EU citizens, its supporters see it as the most effective means of fostering international cooperation on the continent, while its critics have decried it as remote, unaccountable and undemocratic. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how the EU came to exist in its current form, learn about the institutions that make it work and gain an understanding of the challenges it has faced in the past and those that must overcome if it is to survive in the 20th century. This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key stages in the development of the EU, including its forerunners the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community. It also features a full biography of the key protagonists, including Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Paul-Henri Spaak, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of its main achievements and setbacks to date, giving you everything you need to understand this crucial international institution. About the construction of the European Union The first steps to foster greater cooperation between the countries of Europe were taken in the aftermath of the Second World War and were motivated by a desire to establish lasting peace and set the continent on the path to recovery. Since then, the supranational body has undergone a series of changes, including in particular the accession of the former Eastern bloc countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the adoption of a single currency, the euro. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to safeguarding peace and human rights on the continent. This clear and accessible 84-page book is structured as follows: Introduction to the construction of the European Union Political, social and economic context Early experiments in cooperation (1945-1957) Key protagonists Konrad Adenauer Robert Schuman Jean Monnet Charles de Gaulle Paul-Henri Spaak François Mitterrand Valéry Giscard d’Estaing Helmut Kohl The construction of the EU The creation of the Council of Europe The European Coal and Steel Community: towards economic cooperation Initial failures The creation of the European Economic Community: a key turning point The first setbacks in the construction of the European Union (1960-1969) Further expansion (1969-1989) From the EEC to the EU (1989-2004) The 2000s: a new order The EU today Summary application/pdf1 20th century, Charles de Gaulle, European history, France, Germany, international relations, politics
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The European Union is both one of the most influential and one of the most polarizing supranational bodies in the world. With its own monetary union, the Eurozone, and key rights including free movement throughout the 28 member states for EU citizens, its supporters see it as the most effective means of fostering international cooperation on the continent, while its...
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The European Union is both one of the most influential and one of the most polarizing supranational bodies in the world. With its own monetary union, the Eurozone, and key rights including free movement throughout the 28 member states for EU citizens, its supporters see it as the most effective means of fostering international cooperation on the continent, while its critics have decried it as remote, unaccountable and undemocratic. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how the EU came to exist in its current form, learn about the institutions that make it work and gain an understanding of the challenges it has faced in the past and those that must overcome if it is to survive in the 20th century.

This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key stages in the development of the EU, including its forerunners the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Economic Community. It also features a full biography of the key protagonists, including Konrad Adenauer, Robert Schuman and Paul-Henri Spaak, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of its main achievements and setbacks to date, giving you everything you need to understand this crucial international institution.

About the construction of the European Union

The first steps to foster greater cooperation between the countries of Europe were taken in the aftermath of the Second World War and were motivated by a desire to establish lasting peace and set the continent on the path to recovery. Since then, the supranational body has undergone a series of changes, including in particular the accession of the former Eastern bloc countries after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the adoption of a single currency, the euro. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to safeguarding peace and human rights on the continent.

This clear and accessible 84-page book is structured as follows:

  • Introduction to the construction of the European Union
  • Political, social and economic context
    • Early experiments in cooperation (1945-1957)
  • Key protagonists
    • Konrad Adenauer
    • Robert Schuman
    • Jean Monnet
    • Charles de Gaulle
    • Paul-Henri Spaak
    • François Mitterrand
    • Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
    • Helmut Kohl
  • The construction of the EU
    • The creation of the Council of Europe
    • The European Coal and Steel Community: towards economic cooperation
    • Initial failures
    • The creation of the European Economic Community: a key turning point
    • The first setbacks in the construction of the European Union (1960-1969)
    • Further expansion (1969-1989)
    • From the EEC to the EU (1989-2004)
    • The 2000s: a new order
    • The EU today
  • Summary

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9782806289759

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Plurilingua Publishing

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