Chapter

What Is at Stake?

Loukas Tsoukalis

in What Kind of Europe?

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279487
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602979 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279489.003.0008
 What Is at Stake?

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This chapter discusses the issues associated with the future of European integration. These include the European political system, redefinition of the European project, the Constitutional Treaty, and the elitist character of European integration. Key democratic choices must be made regarding the trade-offs between efficiency, equity, and stability; productivity and a cleaner environment; integration and diversity; rule by experts and elected representatives in managing the internal market and single currency; solidarity across boundaries; geographical limits of Europe’s fledgling common identity; the export of peace and stability to the near abroad and beyond; and defence of common values and interests. Europeans must become aware of these issues and the choices they imply. A European public space is also needed to debate what they want to do together and how.

Keywords: Europe; integration; politics; constitution

Chapter.  11050 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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