Integrating the study of individual European nation-states within the framework of the European Union, this unique new text is essentially two books in one: a book on the EU and a comparative introduction to European politics. This text provides more value to students by combining two texts in one, but engages student interest and facilitates learning through a variety of useful features. Role-playing exercises encourage participation and test students' critical thinking skills, while an emphasis on the people behind the politics "humanizes" material and provides lively insights into contemporary European politics and society. To ensure student understanding, there is extensive material comparing and contrasting EU states to one another and to the United States, a thorough glossary at the end of the book, and an abundance of examples, tables, charts, and graphs to illustrate and extend the discussions.

chapter 3|22 pages

The European Union: Major Institutions

chapter 5|26 pages


chapter 6|24 pages

France and the European Union

chapter 7|24 pages


chapter 8|24 pages

Germany and the European Union

chapter 9|25 pages


chapter 10|21 pages

Italy and the European Union

chapter 12|26 pages

The United Kingdom and the European Union

chapter 13|21 pages


chapter 14|18 pages

Spain and the European Union

chapter 16|26 pages

Eastward Enlargement of the European Union