Books 

 

The EU in a world in transition : fit for what purpose? 

Tsoukalis, Loukas (Τσούκαλης, Λουκάς)  

London : Policy Network

2009

Biography 

Loukas Tsoukalis (Greek, born in Athens, 26 April 1950), the editor, is Jean Monnet professor of European integration at the University of Athens and visiting professor at the College of Europe. He was President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and special adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. He has written extensively about European politics and economics in books and academic articles.

Summary 

Tsoukalis and sixteen other contributors look at the European Union's current and future position in a changing and progressively interdependent world in a series of essays. How should the EU transform itself to ensure a capacity to face global issues as a united and influential political entity? What should be done to enhance the role of European institutions and its political leadership, to move the emphasis from predominantly bilateral political relationships to an improved European approach to its external policies?

The authors examine the EU role and the future challenges ahead in the areas of defence and security, global economic governance, neighbourhood policy, trade, energy and climate change. They discuss how increasing multi-polarity and instability in some parts of the world necessitate a redefinition of EU defence and external security policies, including cooperation with NATO and defence communities.

The book considers that the global trade agenda and economic and financial governance are areas where the EU should also speak with one voice and that EU competencies should be increased in order for it to remain a major player in the development of a new global financial architecture.

The authors also consider how European 'soft power' has sometimes failed and the perspectives for cooperation with future candidates and other countries within the scope of neighbourhood policies to the south and east.

Finally, the work considers a common European energy policy and climate change, an area where the EU still remains dependent on imported fossil energy resources and the obligation to become 'greener' in order to tackle climate-related issues.