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THE EUROPEAN UNION EXPLAINED

Andreas Staab: The European Union Explained.
A Guide to Institutions, Actors and Global Impact.
Indiana University Press, 2013.  

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Ever since EPIC started out in 1998, we have noticed the often unsuitable nature of official or academic publications for our type of training or consulting exercises. The literature was either too academic, or indeed too basic. From early on, we therefore decided to issue our own seminar course readers, which eventually resulted in the publication of an easily accessible, yet comprehensive guide to the EU. Now in its third edition, the book offers an introduction to the fundamental processes of EU integration, while also describing key institutional mechanisms. Furthermore, readers will find chapters on the main policies, including the Single Market, the Euro, agriculture, cohesion, trade, foreign policy, justice and home affairs, environment and enlargement, with clear and concise summaries of the main challenges and problems. The book is written by Andreas Staab with considerable editorial support from the EPIC family, most notably Martin Lodge, Bob Hancké (all London School of Economics), John Bedingfield (our former Cohesion team leader who sadly passed away in July 2011), Ian Baker (our former team leader in Bosnia & Herzegovina), as well as Charles Dannreuther (University of Leeds). The manuscript of this book was completed in July 2012 and thus takes into account the changes emanating from the Lisbon Treaty of 2009, as well as the economic and sovereign debt crises within the Eurozone.
 
You can access updates on the individual chapters by clicking the respective links below.  
 

 

Update on Chapter 3: The European Commission

The appointment of the Juncker Commission in November 2014 was rather controversial – to say the least. The update contains information on Juncker’s background and the composition of his team.

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Update on Chapter 6: The European Parliament

Held in June 2014, elections to the EP saw many established party groupings losing a substantial number of votes, while EU-sceptic parties continued their rise to prominence. The update contains information how EU citizens cast their votes and analysis on the effect the electoral outcome has on the legitimacy of the EU as a whole.

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Update on Chapter 9: The Single Market and Competition

The recent controversy over Apple's tax arrangements with Ireland and the agressive tax policies of countries like Luxembourg have come under intense scrutiny ever since confidential documents were leaked to the international media in November 2014. The update focuses on the type and degree of tax avoidance and how the EU, and in particular Commissioner Margrethe Vestager are tring to deal with this derogation from Single Market rules.   

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Update On Chapter 10: Regional Policy and Cohesion

New spending categories and objectives prompted by the new budget and the subsequent reorganisation of cohesion. 

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Update on Chapter 11: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
This update integrates developments surrounding the 2013 reform, whilst also exlaining the EU's current budget for the period of 2014 - 2020 

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You can order a copy of the book directly at Indiana University Press. Here is the link: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ANDREAS+STAAB&osCsid=0e34t45pf5udem63qsgefv0013.

 

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