Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century
HarperCollins UK, 25.08.2011 - 264 Seiten
Those who believe Europe to be weak and ineffectual are wrong. Turning conventional wisdom on its head Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century sets out a vision for a century in which Europe will dominate, not America. This is the book that will make your mind up about Europe.
Those who believe Europe is weak and ineffectual are wrong. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Mark Leonard, one of the UK's most visionary thinkers, argues that Europe is remaking the world in its own image.
Europe only looks dead because it is seen through American eyes. But America's reach is shallow and narrow. It can bribe, bully or impose its will anywhere in the world, but when its back is turned its potency wanes. Europe's reach is broad and deep, spreading its values from Albania to Zambia. It brings other countries into its orbit rather than defining itself against them, and once countries come under the influence of its laws and customs they are changed for ever.
This book sets up a challenge: to regard Europe not as a tangle of bureaucracy and regulation, but as a revolutionary model for the future. We cannot afford to forget that Europe was founded to protect us against war and that it is now key to the spread of democracy. ‘Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century’ addresses Europe's place in the world, looks to the past and the future and argues, provocatively, that it can and will shape a new and better world order.
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For fifty years, under the cover of an American security blanket, Europe has been creating a 'community of democracy' and using its market size and the promise of engagement to reshape societies from the inside.
The British House of Commons, British law courts, and British civil servants are still there, but they have all become agents of the European Union. This is no accident. By creating common standards that are implemented through national ...
By creating the largest single internal market in the world, Europe has become an economic giant that, according to some calculations, is already the biggest in the world.8 But it is the quality of Europe's economy that makes it a ...
It will be built through concrete achievements, which first create a de facto solidarity.'-3 Monnet had worked in the disastrous League of Nations after the First World War and understood the need to start with concrete forms of ...
... to use the agreement to lift the bar of membership so high that Turkey would never be able tojoin, creating tough standards on human rights and respect for minorities that they felt would remain beyond the Kemalist republic's reach.
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