Quo Vadis Europe?

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Horst Siebert
J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1997 - Political Science - 343 pages
This conference volume takes a look at the political and economic obstacles in the way of European integration. Attempting to forecast the state of Europe's future, experts discuss such issues as whether the democratic legitimacy of the European Parliament should be strengthened, whether new rules of decision-making are needed for a governing Council or Commission, and whether or not a second chamber should serve the political needs of the individual member states.

These topics are fleshed out by a thorough analysis of two dueling sets of economic obstacles. The first concerns the challenge presented by the potential inclusion of Eastern European countries not highly developed and in need of economic and financial support. The second involves the establishment of the European Monetary Union and the controversial fiscal policies that would result. Horst Siebert and his colleagues illustrate not only how these issues affect the nature of the union established, but, more importantly, how these policy decisions may influence the fate of those countries left uninvited.

This book will interest students and scholars of international economics, particularly those tracking the fate of this evolving union.

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Horst Siebert is President Emeritus of the Kiel Institute for World Economics, Steven Muller Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, and Jelle Zijlstra Professorial Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. He previously served as a member of the German government's Council of Economic Advisors for twelve years. He is the author of "The World Economy, Economics of the Environment," and the author or editor of numerous other books.

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