The European Union (EU) is a continuously evolving entity. Starting with six member states in the late 1950s, the EU currently encompasses fifteen states of Western Europe. It is expected to almost double in size in the near future, however, taking in a number of states located in Central and Eastern Europe, in addition to Cyprus and Malta. This dramatic increase has lead to an intensive debate on how the institutions of the EU should be adapted in order to cope with this growth.
This book addresses the challenges that EU enlargement and institutional change imply for various policy fields, such as EU trade policy, agriculture and monetary policy in the framework of European economic and monetary union. It will be of interest to economists and political scientists seeking an up-to-date overview of institutional challenges facing the European Union

chapter |17 pages

Widening versus deepening the European Union: an institutional analysis

ByRachel Brewster, Michael Munger, Thomas Oatley

chapter |18 pages

From an ever-growing towards an ever-slower Union?

ByThomas König, Thomas Bräuninger

chapter |29 pages

Revisiting trade competence in the European Union: Amsterdam, Nice, and beyond 1

ByKalypso Nicolaïdis, Sophie Meunier