Europe : the strange superpower /

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Main Author: Buchan, David, 1947-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., : Dartmouth, c1993.
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The author, a British journalist with long experience with the European Community, takes as his main theme the contrast between the growing world role of the EC, now with a population of 340 million, and its incapacity to play this role in the manner of a conventional superpower. The EC has taken part in decisions on world trade, the economic revival of Eastern Europe, developmental assistance to Third World countries, and humanitarian aid. But Buchan sees no prospect of the EC becoming a United States of Europe, nor has it acted strongly in its world role. He examines a number of issues: the EC as a force for open trade in the world economy, a joint foreign policy, the problem of the former Yugoslavia, the enlargement of the EC to include East European as well as West European countries, controls over immigrants and asylum seekers, new relationships with the US and Japan in a way that does not damage European security. He concludes by envisaging the future of the EC as a loose political federation playing an active role in the world. This is a well and clearly written book for general readers interested in the regional and global role of the EC. M. Curtis; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

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