Andreas Staab. The End of Europe? 
The Five Dilemmas of the European Union 
Lexington Books, Autumn 2020 (forthcoming)  



This book will be available in the autumn of 2020. It will be published by Lexington Books, a division of the US publisher Rowman & Littlefield.

The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 and was basking in the glory of 70 years of remarkable achievements. But the first dark clouds had begun to appear on the horizon. The rise of populism changed Europe’s political landscape. High numbers of migrants and refugees impacted the political discourse, occasionally beyond recognition. Instead of safeguarding prosperity, Europe's single currency, the Euro, brought rising poverty levels and growing unemployment in many member states, most notably in Greece. The Brexit referendum of 2016 saw the manifestation of a political movement that regarded the national interest of the United Kingdom being better served outside the union. The enlargement process to integrate Turkey and the western Balkans had been painstakingly slow, yet if completed might fundamentally change the configuration of EU politics.

These developments are tearing at the seams of the European project and the existing setup of the EU fell short in providing decisive solutions to grave contemporary problems. But a failure to respond coherently might threaten the very existence of the European project. We are witnessing a Europe that is at a highly critical juncture. Continuing in a similar vein as before might not offer any cogent remedies. But agreeing on new institutional or policy designs might not be forthcoming either, because of conflicting notions amongst member states of what a future EU ought to look like.

A dilemma is a situation, in which a difficult choice must be made between two or more alternatives that might be equally undesirable. The EU has been caught between a rock and a hard place: embark on a new course of direction, which might offer better solutions to existing challenges but which in turn has the potential to antagonise some member states that might disagree with the bloc’s new direction; or stick with the existing and agreed policy and institutional design, which might no longer be effective to tackle existing challenges. This book addresses five such dilemmas that each in their own way underline this conundrum. 

Andreas Staab. The European Union Explained. 

Institutions, Actors, Global Impact.

Indiana University Press. 2013


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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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

With the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen the Commission is fronted - for the first time - by a female politician. We also have a German President of the Commission for the first time. The update contains information on the composition of the 2019-2024 team.

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Update on Chapter 6: The European Parliament

Held in May 2019, elections to the EP saw many established party groupings losing a substantial number of votes, EU-sceptic parties continued their rise to prominence. The update contains information on the rise of populism in many member states and how EU citizens cast their votes.

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