Europe After the 'no' Votes: Mapping a New Economic Path, Issue 139

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Institute of Economic Affairs, 2006 - Capitalism - 96 pages
Professor Patrick Messerlin of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, argues that the NO votes in the French and Dutch referenda on the proposed EU constitution highlight the need to design an economic agenda for the future of the EU congruent with its fundamental purpose. The NO votes show that the EU cannot be a European 'super-state' providing a wide range of social policies, but must return to the modest role originally set out in the slim Treaty of Rome. Professor Messerlin shows how liberalisation of agriculture, manufacturing and services, and engagement with widely held fears about globalisation, must be an essential part of future reform of the EU. Former European Commissioner Lord Brittan and leading European scholars Professor John Gillingham and Professor Pedro Schwartz provide commentaries on Messerlin's analysis. This book will prove essential reading for those concerned with the future of the European Union as it maps out a positive way forward for the EU after its turbulent recent past.

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Patrick A. Messerlin, Visiting Fellow, is a Professor of Economics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Director of the Groupe d'Economie Mondiale de Sciences Politiques (GEM) since its creation in 1997. GEM is a research unit seeking to improve the performance of French & European public policies in a global world. He has been a consultant to various international organizations & firms & served as a Senior Economist at the Research Department of the World Bank from 1986 to 1990. He is also a member of the Wise Men Group on State Aids (European Commission, Directorate General on Competition) & the Advisory Committee on Competition Issues (French Ministry of Economics). His current research deals with GATT-WTO issues related to competition & with changes related to progressive liberalization in services & to regulatory reforms. He has written several books on global trade policy, in addition to numerous articles for professional journals, including the Economic Journal, the European Economic Review, Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, the World Economy, Economic Studies (OECD), European Economy (European Commission) & La Revue Economique.

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