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Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction
This best-selling textbook provides a broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering all major aspects of European integration. The revised and updated new edition takes full acount of the Lisbon Treaty and the consequences for Europe of the global economic crisis. With 27 member states and nearly half a billion residents, the European Union is a major actor o ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published May 1st 1999)
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Useful for giving a background into the history and development of the EU as well as what its strengths and limitations are. Unfortunately, the book is outdated at this point being published in 2005. I don't think I have to tell anybody that a lot has happened in the world since then, and people reading this in 2013 under the continuing saga of the global economic crisis will have trouble justifying the author's enthusiasm for the EU. His assertion that Greece, Spain and Portugal have been succe ...more