From EC to EU: An Historical and Political Survey
The evolution of the European Community and its transition to the European Union has been far from smooth or predictable. Assessing key episodes, such as France's decision to absent herself from the Council of Ministers in 1965 and the turbulent events of 1973, Richard McAllister explores the history of European integration from the 1950s to the ratification of the Treaty on European Union at Maastricht and beyond. Written in a pacey and engaging way, this study reveals the full inside story of the political manoeuvrings behind the development of the European Union.
Drawing extensively on contemporary reactions, Richard McAllister demonstrates how unforseen crises and events have been as significant as the 'grand designs' in shaping the EC/U. In particular, he looks at the evolving debates in four areas: the organisation of the EC/U's different institutions; policy development; the international role of the EC/U; its geographical scope and membership.
This study is an important contribution to an understanding of the past, present and uncertain future of European integration.
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