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xxi acknowledgments  This book could not have been written without help, advice , moral support, and, in some cases, inspiration from a wide variety of people in several different countries. I have lectured or presented papers on the themes of the book at the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent, the Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the University of Rostov-on-Don, the Politics Department at Swansea University, Mansfield College Oxford, the India International Centre in Delhi, and the Complutense University in Madrid. Warm thanks to all these institutions for their kindness and hospitality, and to my audiences at these events for their spirited questions and thought-provoking feedback. Warm thanks too to Paul Flather, secretary general of the Europaeum network of European universities, for facilitating my visits to the Jagiellonian and Complutense universities, and to Vasantha and Suresh Bharucha for helping to secure temporary membership of the lively and welcoming India International Centre for my wife and me, and for enabling us both to sing for our suppers at that splendid institution. I have older debts to acknowledge as well. I became a committed supporter of the European project as a backbench Labour Member of Parliament, more than forty years ago. High on the list of my European mentors were Roy Jenkins, xxii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS future president of the European Commission; Lilo Milchsach ,thefounderandchatelaineoftheannualAnglo-German conferences at Königswinter; John Mackintosh, my brilliant and eloquent parliamentary colleague; and John Pinder, indefatigable champion of federalism both then and now. All of these helped to make me a European of the heart as well as of the head. Though they played no direct part in the making of this book, their influence shines through it, and I take this opportunity to acknowledge my debt to them. Later, the experience of working in the European Commission played a crucial part in my European education, as did my membership of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, Berlin . I learned even more from innumerable conversations with two dear friends: Ghita Ionescu, analyst and prophet of transnational interdependence and its implications for European integration; and Nina Fishman, insightful student of contemporary European social democracy and indomitable champion of the European cause. This book is dedicated to their memory. At an early stage in working on this book, I enjoyed the welcoming hospitality of Dick and Irène Leonard, and profited from Dick’s wise guidance through the highways and byways of the Brussels Euro-village. I also profited greatly from conversations with Robert Cooper, Michael Emerson, Roger Liddle, and Antonio Missiroli. To all of these warm thanks. My inspirational editor, Brigitta van Rheinberg, has been a delight to work with; my agent, Anthony Goff, has been an unfailing source of moral support; and my copyeditor, Joan Gieseke, has blended sensitivity and rigor with extraordinary skill. The three anonymous reviewers of my original proposal, and their three equally anonymous successors who commented on the final draft of my manuscript, helped me to correct mistakes of logic and fact and to hone my argu- xxiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ment. I am hugely indebted to all of these—and indeed to everyone else at Princeton University Press who played a part in the production of this book. Most of all, I am indebted to my wife, Judith—not just for her unfailing enthusiasm, but for her critical acumen and creative imagination. It goes without saying that any remaining flaws are my own. This page intentionally left blank the end of the west This page intentionally left blank ...


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