The latest issue of integration contains a comprehensive and balanced overview of the 2014 European Parliament election results, particularly stressing the role of the leading European candidates. It is supplemented by an article on the new Party statute adopted in May 2014, which is intended to pave the way for European Parties to become ‘real parties’. Further, in Issue 3 an agenda for the new EU foreign affairs chief is presented, set against the background of the EU’s current foreign policy profile as well as the present situation in the international arena, and includes recent surveys regarding acceptance and rejection of the EU in Germany, France, Spain, and Great Britain. Additionally, the governmental discourse of Merkel’s second government on the Euro Crisis and the resulting effects of this debate on the rationale and actions of the current Grand Coalition are analyzed and evaluated. It also includes two conference reports on divergence and centralizing forces within the EU as well as on the functional changes of the European Parliament.
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Mathias Jopp and Funda Tekin (eds) (2014): Europas Wert. Studien zum materiellen und immateriellen Nutzen der europäischen Integration, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Europe represents more than the mere economy of states and banks. This is the underlying conviction and line of argumentation of this edited volume. The costs of incomplete integration – i.e. the costs of ‘non-Europe’ – are included in the analysis of the added material and immaterial value of Europe. This volume provides those who deal with euroscepticism in their daily work with arguments to be able to engage in factual discussions.