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Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century Paperback – February 21, 2005
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In the late 1990's, Leonard was the founder of Tony Blair's think tank, the Foreign Policy Centre, and he was also one of the young turks responsible for the making and the marketing of "cool Britannia." He is currently the head of the Centre for European Reform, and in this slim volume he is attempting to do for the European Union what he did for Great Britain.
Leonard reminds us that the European Union is not a superstate, nor is it a federation or empire. It is more like a decentralized network. He compares the EU to Visa, a company whose logo appears on half a billion credit cards and employs only 3,000 people. Visa is actually owned by the 21,000 financial institutions that use it. The EU, like Visa, is basically an enabling institution rather than an overbearing bureaucracy.
The attraction of the European Union for its members or potential members is its transformational power. It does not threaten with military power, instead the threat of being excluded from the world's largest single market is its most potent weapon. To become a member, a country must transform itself from within and comply with the 80,000 plus pages of law written in Brussels - laws that cover everything from human rights to product development.
Critics will say that this is a superstate, and an undemocratic one at that. Leonard disagrees with this characterization.Read more ›
My main criticism is that the book is, admittedly, a polemical piece, written to encourage Europeans to persist in their social model. So it is a bit sugar-coated and uncritical.
This is an important topic for Americans. Another good book on the new culture in Europe is "Postwar" by Tony Judt.
to a confedated union that respects the autonomy-in-union
of the increasing number of members. As the union increases
its breadth and depth, Europe might indeed resume the position
of global leadership that it had exercised prior to the end of
the Second World War.
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I moved to another state, many of my books and CDs were left behind. I am planning to try to find it again, the Title is rather intriguing.Published 22 months ago by RoseThompson
Although written in a journalistic way, it provides food for thought and forces the reader to react and confront his or hers own views on the world.Published on November 26, 2013 by Janicke Stramer
Writing style was fine, and it was an interesting enough read but it was utter logical drivel... Europe's model is not one to brag about. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by Randall
but the truth of the matter Europe is leading for economic development. With 27 countries, 500 million people, a GDP which is much higher than Brazil, Russia, India and China... Read morePublished on May 21, 2008 by Donald Hsu
American attitudes, methods and strategies have dominated the world for the 20th century - but it may prove obsolete in future endeavors: that's the message of Why Europe Will Run... Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by Midwest Book Review