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By David Marquand
Has Europe's amazing postwar restoration limped to an finish? it's going to appear so. the uk, Belgium, France, Italy, and previous Soviet Bloc international locations have skilled ethnic or spiritual disturbances, occasionally violent. Greece, eire, and Spain are menaced via monetary crises. And the euro is in hassle. In The finish of the West, David Marquand, a former member of the British Parliament, argues that Europe's difficulties stem from outmoded perceptions of world energy, and demands a drastic swap in ecu governance to halt the continent's slide into irrelevance. Taking a looking examine the continent's governing associations, historical past, and present demanding situations, Marquand bargains a demanding prognosis of Europe's ills to indicate the best way towards a greater destiny.
Exploring the baffling distinction among postwar luck and present mess ups, Marquand examines the rebirth of ethnic groups from Catalonia to Flanders, the increase of xenophobic populism, the democratic deficit that stymies ecu governance, and the thorny questions of the place Europe's borders finish and what it capability to be eu. Marquand contends that as China, India, and different international locations upward thrust, Europe needs to abandon old notions of an enlightened West and a backward East. He demands Europe's leaders and electorate to confront the painful problems with ethnicity, integration, and monetary team spirit, and to construct a democratic and federal structure.
A serious warning call to people who hold to rules of a triumphalist Europe, the top of the West exhibits that the continent needs to draw on all its reserves of highbrow and political creativity to thrive in an more and more turbulent international, the place the very language of "East" and "West" has been emptied of that means. In a brand new preface, Marquand analyzes the present Eurozone crisis--arguing that it used to be inevitable as a result of absurdity of mixing financial union with financial disunion--and increases the various questions Europe must face in its recovery.
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