Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union

Europe s Last Chance Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union In the heart of Europe s current crisis one of the continent s foremost statesmen issues a clarion call to radically remake the European Union in the mold of the United States own federal governmentE

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  • Title: Europe's Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union
  • Author: Guy Verhofstadt
  • ISBN: 9780465096855
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the heart of Europe s current crisis, one of the continent s foremost statesmen issues a clarion call to radically remake the European Union in the mold of the United States own federal governmentEurope is caught in its greatest crisis since the Second World War The catalog of ills seems endless an economic crisis spread through most of Europe s Mediterranean tier thIn the heart of Europe s current crisis, one of the continent s foremost statesmen issues a clarion call to radically remake the European Union in the mold of the United States own federal governmentEurope is caught in its greatest crisis since the Second World War The catalog of ills seems endless an economic crisis spread through most of Europe s Mediterranean tier that has crippled Greece and driven a wedge between northern and southern Europe terrorist attacks in Paris, Cologne, Brussels, and Nice growing aggression from Russia in Ukraine and the Baltic states and refugees escaping war torn neighbors The European Union s inability to handle any of these disasters was a driving factor in Great Britain voting to leave, and others may soon follow The result won t just be a continent in turmoil, but also a serious threat to American and British security the Atlantic, let alone the Channel, simply isn t big enough to keep European troubles in Europe For everyone s sake, Europe must survive.The question is how In Europe s Last Chance, Guy Verhofstadt former prime minister of Belgium and current leader of the liberal faction in the European Parliament provides the essential framework for understanding Europe today, laying bare the absurdity of a system in which each member state can veto legislation, opt in or out of the Euro, or close borders on a whim But Verhofstadt does not just indict the European Union, he also offers a powerful vision for how the continent can change for the better The key, argues Verhofstadt, is to reform the European Union along the lines of America s federal government a United States of Europe strong enough to stand with the United States of America in making a better, safer world.A visionary book from one of today s luminaries of European leadership, Europe s Last Chance is a clarion call to save the European Union, one of the world s greatest chances for peace and prosperity.

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    1. Guy Verhofstadt is probably best known to most non-Belgians as the anti-Nigel Farage, the man at whom Farage's anti-EU tirades are perhaps most often directed, given that Verhofstadt and Farage face off in the European Parliament, whereas Jean-Claude Juncker, Farage's other bete noire, presides over the European Commission. Verhofstadt's designation as the Parliament's Brexit representative has thrust him further into the limelight recently, a position he certainly enjoys.He's a pro-European, bu [...]

    2. EU DON'T GET IT Deluded EU chief Guy Verhofstadt STILL thinks Britain will rejoin the bloc after Brexit ‘catfight’ as European Parliament approves red lines for negotiationsin: thesun/news/3259581

    3. Probably the most important book about Europe and the EU these days.Whether you agree or completely reject Verhofstadt's solutions, the diagnosis is undeniable: a disunited Europe and an incomplete Union brought us to this stage, and, as it stands today, the EU is doomed. As he correctly puts it: "we look to Europe to solve many social problems [the sovereign debt and the migrant crises being good examples], but no one is prepared to equip Europe with the resources it needs to solve them."My rat [...]

    4. So much about European politics I did not know, and this book led me to to research! The European Parliament spends only 1% of europe’s GDP, which is paid by voluntary contributions from EU member states. Many MEPs (members of European parliament) are actively hostile to the EU mission, and many others just aim to win back (through targeted projects) as much of their nation’s contribution as possible. Most truly multinational projects that would increase efficiency and bring Europe closer t [...]

    5. Populárny je Guy. Aj dobré, plamenné prejavy má v Europarlamente. Zábava pozerať. Ale kniha veľký smútok. Šielene zle zorganizovaná. Šialene zle zeditovaná. Čo je však asi najhoršie, veľmi povrchná. Nacionalizmu sa dá prekonať, európska identita je silnejšia. Dve strany a ide sa ďalej. Podobným spôsobom asi všetkých zásadnejších otázkach integrácie. A to všetko vravím ako človek, čo s politickými stanoviskami autor skôr súhlasí. Titul sa dá odporúčať a [...]

    6. Pretty insightful and concrete ideas on Europe's political evolution. However, I don't think it will convince people who disagree. If you agree with Verhofstadt's Liberalism, then you'll love this book. But if you're leaning Conservative or Righty Moderate, then I'm not sure how much of this will change your mind. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the potential of the European Union.

    7. A very thought provoking book. Europe definitely has its share of problems, which this book attempts to tackle. One thing that frustrated me with this book was it was highly opinion based, and wasn't grounded in facts or statistics. This was a tad bothersome given my own personal preferences but also something of this scale cannot be left up to opinion. For that I knocked a star off. A second star was knocked given I didn't necessarly agree with what he proposed in many cases. Some of the fiscal [...]

    8. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the future of the EU - not to agree with everything but simply because some of these questions had to be asked (and answered) a long time ago.Overall - a fairly detailed overview of the issues of today's EU, however, the book goes a bit overboard with the labeling at times. I would've liked to see more on the newest members and their potential place in a future reformed EU.

    9. If you want to feel better about the United States, read this book.The author is a scathing critic of European dysfunction, and raves about the United States. While parts of the book are platitudes about unity, there's good background about the problems facing Europe. The author goes into a lot of interesting details about Europe's woes, and the short chapters make it a fairly easy read.

    10. Verhofstadt is quite a character, and you can feel the pro-Europeanism throughout the book. Although the pro-Europeanism feeling was almost obtrusive, having similar views in many of the points raised made it an enjoyable read.

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