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European Integration

Sharing of Experiences

J Oerstroem Moeller

Publication Year: 2008

A clear guide to current EU institutions, practices, and policies, this is also an informed insider's account of how they have emerged in their present form, with clues on future change. The mixture of analysis and history, description and prescription, works well, because the author has had a ringside seat, but retains a cool Nordic non-partisan detachment. The hints he offers to those, for example in Asia, considering following a similar path to regional integration, represent the distilled wisdom of a career in balancing economic benefits and national sensitivities. As his story shows, it can be done. - Lord Kerr, Former Head of the UK Diplomatic Service, now Chairman of Imperial College, London and Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Foreword by Pascal Lamy

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pp. ix-x

World politics and economics are increasingly being shaped by the drive towards “institutionalization” on a global or regional scale. For years, nation states have searched for answers to the challenges of globalization. But reality has shown that economic forces such as capital ...

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Foreword by Holger Standertskjöld

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pp. xi-xii

I am delighted to support the publication of this excellent book. Professor Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller is an astute scholar and experienced diplomat who showcases the stunning successes of the European Union (EU) as well as the challenges it has faced. ...

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pp. xiii-xvi

October 1992 was the fiftieth anniversary of the battle of El Alamein where the British, the Germans, and the Italians fought each other. It was also a few months after a majority of Danish voters had rejected the Treaty of Maastricht, designed as a quantum leap for the European integration. The outcome of the ...

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pp. xvii-xix

My first thanks should go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, and in particular, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brigadier-General (NS) George Yeo, and 2nd Permanent Secretary Bilahari Kausikan, for endorsing my fellowship at ISEAS and supporting me in many ways. When changing status ...


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pp. xxi-xxxii

Most of us take globalization for granted. It is the only economic model we have known. The Anglo-Saxons introduced it after 1945,1 shaped by the wisdom of the British, in particular John Maynard Keynes, and supported by the might of the United States of America. ...

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pp. 1-38

Some basic, very basic principles, determine the success or failure of an economic integration: positive sum game, step by step, clear political objectives, the role of problem grinder, links to the domestic political system, impose discipline/self-discipline on member states, balance between small and ...

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pp. 39-112

Intergovernmental cooperation is the traditional form for cooperation among nation states and their governments. The United Nations and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are examples. These two organizations are among the most advanced and binding forms of intergovernmental cooperation ...

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pp. 113-259

One of the most fascinating “either — or” questions in the history of the European Union has been the dispute, sometimes almost of a theological character, of whether to deepen the integration, saying No to enlargements, or open the door for new members, with the accompanying slowing down of ...

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pp. 260-315

The creation of a single market where goods, services, capital, and persons can move freely without meeting any obstacles happens in two steps. The first one may encounter political and administrative difficulties, but is conceptually fairly easy: removal of tangible barriers for movement of ...

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pp. 316-381

The European Union has gradually built up a role for itself on the global economic and political stage. From forging bilateral agreements strictly of an economic nature that emphasize trade and development assistance, it has moved on to a Common Foreign and ...

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pp. 382-416

The debate about enlargement drives home the central point that the European Union has always nourished a grand strategic design. It has had repercussions for the political and economic architecture of Europe. The European Union fast became the flywheel for Europe’s politics and economics, thus attracting ...

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pp. 417-444

A number of issues have arisen over the years indicating constraints, risks, challenges, and opportunities. Conflicts or positive interactions between various policy goals may arise. The integration can produce a backlash or question marks and, in some cases, unexpected results, or itineraries pop up ...

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pp. 445-465

Member states share common political objectives. They are steered by analogous interests and policies. They operate at approximately the same economic level with a comparable standard of living. Experience suggests that common values and a common history are ...

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pp. 466-475

Europe has been tremendously successful in its integration, when one bears in mind the obstacles from a war-torn and decrepit Europe, still in the mould of the old fashioned nation state, but which today has turned into the European Union, a supranational ...


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pp. 477-480


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pp. 481-512

About the Author

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p. 513-513

E-ISBN-13: 9789812307781
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812307774

Page Count: 513
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1

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  • European Union.
  • European Union countries -- Politics and government.
  • Europe Union countries -- Economic integration.
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