Introduction: Unity in Diversity – the Challenge for the EU
Introduction: Unity in diversity – the challenge for the EU The beginning of the twenty-first century is an obvious time to consider the future of the European Union (EU). Fifty years after the establishment of the European Coal Steel Community (ECSC), and a decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, what are the prospects for Europe in the new century? Are the notions of ‘ever closer union’ of the Treaty of Rome or ‘the common European home’ of Gorbachev to be regarded as empty rhetoric? Or is there a real likelihood that such ideas will be translated into practice? No one can answer such questions, but each chapter of this book contributes to the task, reviewing the trends in the light of the past and present. And while no single volume could cover all the subjects that would provide a comprehensive survey of the issues facing the EU, we ...