- Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
- Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Europe
“After Europe” (May 2017) by Ivan Krastev
In this provocative book, renowned public intellectual Ivan Krastev reflects on the future of the European Union—and its potential lack of a future. With far-right nationalist parties on the rise across the continent and the United Kingdom planning for Brexit, the European Union is in disarray and plagued by doubts as never before. Krastev includes chapters devoted to Europe's major problems (especially the political destabilization sparked by the more than 1.3 million migrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia), the spread of right-wing populism (taking into account the election of Donald Trump in the United States), and the thorny issues facing member states on the eastern flank of the EU (including the threat posed by Vladimir Putin's Russia). He concludes by reflecting on the ominous political, economic, and geopolitical future that would await the continent if the Union itself begins to disintegrate.
“Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU” (October 2017) by Richard Youngs
Since the economic recession of 2008, the EU has been hit by a series of crises, most recently the UK's decision to leave the union following the Brexit referendum. In light of this, questions have been raised about the need to reform the whole model of European integration, with the aim of making the union more flexible and more accountable. In this book, Richard Youngs proposes an alternative vision of European co-operation and shows how the EU must re-invent itself if it is to survive. He argues that citizens should play a greater role in European decision-making, that there should be radically more flexibility in the process of integration, and that Europe needs to take a new, more coherent, approach to questions of defence and security. In proposing this model for a "reset" version of Europe, Youngs reinvigorates the debate on the future of Europe and puts forward a new agenda for the future of the EU.
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