Written by experts, this long-established and definitive guide to the workings of the European Union provides comprehensive, straightforward and readable coverage of this sometimes misunderstood and complex institution. It explains not only what happens but also why, and analyses the EU's strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for it to be more effective. With the EU's very existence under pressure due to fiscal crises and the eurozone, migration and borders, and Euroscepticism, it specifically outlines:
- How it works: the institutions, the mechanisms
- Every area of EU competence from agriculture to workers' rights
- The effects of the single market and the single currency and the successes and stresses of the eurozone
- The impact of the enlargement of the EU and the prospects for further enlargement and for closer political integration
- The EU under strain - the 2008 recession and after
- 'Britain in or out'
- Fully updated and revised material with new data, statistics, examples and non-partisan coverage
The Routledge Guide to the European Union is well-established as the clearest and most comprehensive guide to how the EU operates. This new edition brings you up to date at a crucial stage in its history at a time when, arguably, it has never been under greater threat, but conversely is perhaps more important than ever.