By David Marquand
Has Europe's notable postwar restoration limped to an finish? it'll look 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 by means of 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of the West, David Marquand, a former member of the British Parliament, argues that Europe's difficulties stem from superseded perceptions of worldwide strength, and demands a drastic swap in ecu governance to halt the continent's slide into irrelevance. Taking a looking out examine the continent's governing associations, background, and present demanding situations, Marquand deals a demanding analysis of Europe's ills to indicate the way in which towards a greater destiny.
Exploring the baffling distinction among postwar luck and present disasters, Marquand examines the rebirth of ethnic groups from Catalonia to Flanders, the increase of xenophobic populism, the democratic deficit that stymies european governance, and the thorny questions of the place Europe's borders finish and what it potential to be ecu. Marquand contends that as China, India, and different countries upward push, Europe needs to abandon historical 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 financial team spirit, and to construct a democratic and federal structure.
A warning call to people who grasp to principles of a triumphalist Europe, the tip 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 because of the absurdity of mixing financial union with monetary disunion--and increases a number of the questions Europe must face in its restoration.
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