Arnout Mijs and Sophie van Eck, The Financial Transaction Tax: Forerunner of European Integration and Fragmentation, the Clingendael Institute, 26 November 2013.
Eleven EU member states are pushing ahead with the Financial Transaction Tax via the enhanced cooperation procedure. Only three years ago it was deemed as a mission impossible, but now it seems as the FTT will actually be introduced in the coming year(s). It will have extensive consequences , for member state economies, but also for European integration and EU unity in the long run.
Mai’a Davis Cross and Jan Melissen (eds.), European Public Diplomacy, Soft Power at Work, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
The EU devotes too little attention to outreach with citizens in other parts of the world. The contributors to this Palgrave-Macmillan book edited by Mai’a Davis Cross and Jan Melissen believe that communicating Europe outside the EU will become increasingly important to Europeans and to business interests. European Public Diplomacy shows how the European region encompasses multiple levels of public diplomacy: subnational, national, transnational and supranational. This new book enhances our understanding through a multifaceted exploration of the European case. In doing so, it fills an important gap in the international relations literature on the mechanisms behind soft power.