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The EU and Moldova: On a Fault-line of Europe edited by Ann Lewis (2004), with a Foreword by The Rt. Hon. Chris Patten
Moldova is perhaps the least known country in the European part of what used to be the Soviet Union. Yet with EU enlargement it will become our near neighbour, whose future will influence not only the security environment around our borders but also practical issues from migration to drugs. The book looks specifically at EU policy towards Moldova and Moldovan attitudes to relations with the EU. It presents a wide range of viewpoints, enabling the reader to get a flavour of the current debate and to consider the policy options facing both sides. The authors include politicians and parliamentarians, officials, academics, practitioners and journalists.
The EU and Moldova aims to bring to a wider audience a better understanding of Moldova and its relations with the EU and the international community. It looks at a range of domestic issues including political structures, public opinion trends, the rule of law and human rights, ethnical questions and prospects for economic reform. It considers the difficult issue of Transnistria, the breakaway region with close links with Russia and a Soviet-style administration. The book brings an unprecedented range of expertise to bear on the relationship between the EU and Moldova and will help to enlighten and stimulate debate on this unjustly neglected subject.
Ann Lewis is a free-lance consultant and a former member of British Diplomatic Service, where she spent most of her career dealing with Central and Eastern Europe, including postings in Moscow and East Berlin. The EU and Moldova is the fifth title in the Federal Trust series Europe’s Eastern Borders. The four previous volumes are The EU & Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad and the Impact of EU Enlargement (2001, 0 903573 18 3) edited by James Baxendale, Stephen Dewar and David Gowan; The EU & Ukraine: Neighbours, Friends, Partners (2002, 1 903403 18 9, SOLD OUT) edited by Ann Lewis; The EU & Russia: The Promise of Partnership (2002, 1 903403 14 6) by John Pinder and Yuri Shishkov and The EU & Belarus: Between Moscow and Brussels (2002, 1 903403 02 2) edited by Ann Lewis.
Price: £29.50 * 240pp * 1 903403 54 5
Europe, Parliament and the Media by Dr Martyn Bond (2004)
The essays in Europe, Parliament and the Media relate to three interlocking themes: popular perceptions of Europe, public participation in politics, and the role of the media. They touch on wider issues such as the declining attractiveness of representational democracy in contemporary society and the constraints imposed – some might say the opportunities offered – by modern technological advances affecting the media. But central to the focus of the book is the European Parliament, which embodies perhaps more clearly than the other Institutions the democratic paradox: declining voter turnout at European elections at the same time as the European Parliament is gaining more and more powers and responsibilities.
These essays are contributed by experts in their field, by politicians, civil servants, journalists and press and broadcasting as well as academics, all concerned with the issues raised by Europe, the democratic deficit and the role of the media: Olivier Basnée, Dr Martyn Bond, Dr Jean K. Chalaby, Professor Stephen Coleman, Jim Dougall, Lars Hoffmann, Professor David Morgan, Bridie Nathanson, Anthony O’Donnell, Roy Perry, Jean Pierron, Stewart Purvis and Norbert Schwaiger.
Price: £25.00 * 200pp * paperback * 1 903403 22 7
The European Republic by Stefan Collignon (2003)
Published in co-operation with the Bertelsmann Foundation The European Republic offers reflections on the political economy of a future European constitution. It explores in particular the elusive economic and monetary policy mix that is called for within the developing framework of European integration. It explores issues of fiscal federalism and subsidiarity, contrasting voluntary policy co-ordination with the case for European government. It also balances the demands of the Stability and Growth Pact with the embryonic consensual foundations of a European welfare function.
Price: £22.99 * 212pp * paperback * 1 903403 51 0
Convention on the Future of Europe by Jo Shaw, Paul Magnette, Lars Hoffmann and Anna Verges Bausili (2003)
The Convention on the Future of Europe explores issues of legitimacy and subsidiarity in the debate about the Future of Europe. It looks at the assumptions behind the Constitutional Convention and its working methods as well as its implications for reform processes in the European Union. It also analyses the concept of subsidiarity both from the perspective of the division of powers and as a factor legitimising the political structures of Europe. Furthermore, the book provides an analysis of how the Constitutional Convention fits into the broader constitutionalisation process of the European Union.
Price £19.99 * 144pp * paperback * 1 903403 60 X
Choice and Representation in the EU by Roger Morgan and Michael Steed (2002)
Understanding of the European Parliament is generally limited and ill-judged. Academic research and media attention are spasmodic. Turnout in European Parliament elections is low. National perceptions of what the European Parliament is, and should become, vary. Choice and Representation in the European Union examines the issues around the European Parliament, analyses the strategies of the political parties and explores new ways of making parliamentary representation more effective.
Price £19.99 * 153pp * paperback * 0 901 573 73 6
European Governance by Ulrike Rüb-Taylor (2002)
How can the EU address the needs of its citizens? How can it become more open, democratic and efficient? This multi-authored book is a direct response to the the European Commission’s 2001 White Paper on Governance. With contributions from parliamentarians, civil servants, lobbyists, NGOs, business, academia and think tanks, it will stimulate much-needed debate in the UK amongst all sections of society, at this, the pivotal moment in the EU’s history. Now facing the multiple challenges of enlargement, Economic and Monetary Union and the prospect of a European consitution, it is time for Britain to throw itself into the debate.
Price: £22.50 * 216pp * paperback * 1 903403 33 2
EU and Belarus by Ann Lewis (2002)
Belarus is a small country of only 10 million inhabitants on the south-west fringes of Russia. It has few natural resources, does little trade with the West, has virtually no tourism and shows little interest in the world to its west. But, it has one feature which is bringing it to the attention of a wider European public: following the EU enlargement it will have more than 100 kilometres of frontier with the EU. This book is designed to give the reader a picture of where Belarus stands more than a decade after independence , how it may develop internally, and prospects for relations with its neighbours; and to put forward a variety of ideas about the EU’s policy towards Belarus and how, if at all, it might be made more effective.
Price £29.50 * 429pp * paperback * 1 903403 02 2
EU and Ukraine by Ann Lewis (2002)
Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe, and has a population of some 50 million. It occupies a strategic position between Central Europe amd Russia, sits astride the major energy routes into Western Europe, and is an important channel for westward migration. Following enlargement Ukraine will be on the EU’s new frontier. The book looks at various aspects of Ukraine’s internal development of relevance to its European aspirations, and at specific issues in EU/Ukraine relations. It examines the topics a wide variety of perspectives, with contributions from the policy-makers and analysts, professionals and practitioners, from Ukraine, the EU and beyond. It presents a kaleidoscopic picture, but one that is at once illuminating and thought-provoking.
Price: £18.99 * 319pp * paperback * 1 903403 18 9 * FEW COPIES REMAINING
EU and Russia by John Pinder and Yuri Shishkov (2002)
Reviews: ‘The core of this book is an authoritative review of the evolution and prospects of relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation, but it may be further recommended for its perceptive analysis of a decade of constitution of orderly rules for the Russian political economy.’ Michael Kaser, St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford
‘Enlargement of the EU to the East opens a new chapter in relations with Russia just as Russia’s own situation is evolving more quickly that at the moment since the fall of the Berlin wall. This timely new book provides an accessible and fresh account of a fascinating subject.’ Rt Hon. Christopher Patten, EU Commissioner for External Relations
Price: £18.99 * 153pp * paperback * 1 903403 14 6
The Euro Debate: Persuading the People by Roger Beetham (2001)
What is the euro – or the pound – worth to you? Joining – or not joining – the euro is the biggest political and economic decision Britain will make for years to come. The debate is already underway, and passions run high. This book shows you why and how. Politicians, economists and journalists, trade unionists and business battle it out in these pages with arguments on both sides. This book tells you what it is all about and what is at stake.
Price: £12.99 * 207pp * paperback * 1 903403 23 5
European Futures by Andrew Duff and Shirley Williams (2001)
This book saves you time, but it does not save you effort. It saves you time because it surveys many other scenarios exercises undertaken by governments, supranational and intergovernmental organisations, interest groups and think tanks, and gives you an overview of what Europe could look like in twenty years’ time. But it does not save you effort because it makes you think. It makes you think because all the scenarios it offers are provocative. Like them or loathe them, they will cause you to sit up and think.
Price: £15.99 * 92pp * paperback * 0 901573 63 9
Europe: Government and Money by Iain Begg (2002)
With notes and coins now in use in all twelve countries that make-up the euro area, the euro is now a fully-fledged currency. Gradually, too, the policy-making machinery is being refined, but awkward questions remain about whether the different strands of macro-economic policy should be co-ordinated. And if some form of co-ordination is desirable, should it be explicit and formal or merely tacit? Tne esays in this book are written by policy-makers who have day-to-day responsibilities for key policy areas, practitioners and academics specialising in the analysis of EMU.
Price: £22.50 * 172pp * paperback * 1 903403 35 9
Whole and Free: NATO and EU Enlargement by John Leech (2002)
This book is ambitious in that it examines both enlargement and the Union’s external relations in an evolutionary way. These essays form part of a study conducted for the European Commission under the research and dialogue projects within its New Transatlantic Agenda. The objectives were to evaluate the impact of current and future EU enlargement on transatlantic relations; to assess the effects of political, economic, strategic and global changes on relations between the US and an EU of possibly 25-30 members; and to formulate appropriate policy options.
Price: £22.50 * 217pp * paperback * 1 903403 34 0
Europe’s Wider Loyalties by David Barton and Martyn Bond (2002)
Following the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the recent US response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September this volume of thoughtful essays assesses the new role that Europe can play in world affairs. It reflects on the ‘wider loyalties’ that Europe owes by virtue of the values for which it stands, partly shared and partly distinct from other major world actors. With an introduction by Chris Patten, EU Commissioner for External Affairs and concluding statement by Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, it surveys topics as diverse as defence and security, population movements, the role of the UN, the future of the Balkans, religion and conflict, the prospects for democracy, relations with the developing world and globalisation.
The authors are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including politics and the civil service, academia and the diplomatic service. What unites them is their concern that the particular contribution that Europe can make to the global future should not be overlooked or underestimated. Revd. Marcus Braybrooke, David Hannay, James Huntley, Andrew Marshall, Richard Mayne, Peter Pooley, Michael Quinlan and Professor Enid Wistrich all tackle their special subjects with extensive experience and profound insight. The volume is edited by David Barton, Council Member, Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust and Martyn Bond, Former Director of the Federal Trust.
Price: £19.99 * 191pp * paperback * 1 903403 10 3
Guide to the EU Institutions by Rohan Bolton (2002)
The aim of this directory is to help its readers find their way around the European Union’s institutions, its agencies and other European organisations. It contains an up-to-date listing of senior staff and contact points in Brussels, Strasbourg and other European centres, together with concise reference details for individual countries in Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Links to websites are also included to provide a convenient means of keeping up with new developments and appointments. Here in one volume are all the answers to many basic queries about Europe and EU institutions. Despite the welcome increase in the volume of data produced by and about Europe and the European institutions, relevant and appropriate basic information is all too often surprisingly difficult to track down. The provision of such information in one, well structured volume will help all those who have an interest in or dealings with Europe’s institutions and organisations.
Price:£25.00 * 265pp * paperback * 1 903403 09 X
Modernising Britain by Stanley Henig (2002)
Devolution has caused a major shake-up of the way in which Britain is governed. New levels of government, institutions and actors have put the debate about changing Britain’s constitution on the political agenda. This book contributes to that debate, and addresses vital questions of governance of the United Kingdom in the light of federal ideas. The essays draw on the expertise of both academics and practitioners and provide a picture of the current arrangements as well as an analysis of their performance. They discuss the issue of ‘modernised’ governance in Britain from the perspective of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and the English regions, and assess the European dimension. They also consider the perspective of, and the impact on, local government.
Price: £16.99 * 268pp * paperback * 1 903403 13 8
Federal Britain in Federal Europe by Ian Taylor, Austin Mitchell, Stephen Haseler, Geoffrey Denton (2001)
This book is about how we govern ourselves. Recent developments in politics, economics and administration appear all to lead in one direction, and that is federal. Federalism can mean many different things to different people, and it needs to be nailed down. This book does just that, pinning down its relevance to the changing structure of regional government in Britain and to the changing role that Britain plays in the developing federal structure of the European Union. These four essays from outspoken politicians and commentators ask the federal questions about BritainÕs changing constitution and our greater integration with the continent, and offer various answers. Their cogent arguments reflect the deep-seated hopes and fears of millions about how we are governed, showing how getting decision-making down as near as can be to the citizen may carry costs as far as efficiency is concerned, but brings benefits for democracy.
Price: £16.99 * 153pp * paperback * 1 903403 20 0
Europe’s First Constitution by Richard T. Griffiths (2001)
This book rediscovers the history of the draft European Political Community Treaty that was completed in March 1953 but abandoned by the governments of the Six eighteen months later. This volume represents the first comprehensive study on Europe’s first constitution drawing on the archives of all the participating states. The EPC episode involved discussions of joint defence policy, the framework for future economic intergation, foreign policy coordination and the democratisation of European institutions. This book also drws a range of parallels between the situation today, where an overburdened European Union is ill-equipped for the challenge of accepting new members, and the situation in the early 1950s.
Price: £19.99 * 275pp * paperback * 1 903403 21 9
Pension Reform in Europe by Lord Taverne QC (2001)
Pension reform remains a burning issue and there is still an agreement on the way forward, in spite of the fact that the problem was first highlighted by the Federal Trust more than five years ago. In this book the issue is re-examined and fresh policy proposals and recommendations are made in the areas of EU guidelines to governments, the wider economic implications, Europe-wide pension arrangements and alternative or additional (so-called ‘fourth-pillar’) economic activity. With extensive statistical data to underpin the debate, this is essential reading for policy makers, economists and the business community, as well as academics and students of EU affairs. Lord Taverne QC is Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson in the House of Lords and Chairman of AXA Equity and Law Life Insurance Society. He was former financial Secretary to the Treasury and founding Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Price: £35 * 144pp * paperback * 1 903403 05 7
A Simplified Treaty for the European Union by Kim Feus (2001)
The idea for such a reorganisation was originally presented in the Commission’s opinion on the last IGC at Amsterdam and then taken up in the Dehaene/Weizenäcker/Simon (The Three Wise Men) report on the institutional implications of enlargement. The European Commission subsequently requested the European University Institute in Florence to carry out a feasibility study on the idea of simplified Treaty. The EUI has now published a draft Basic (Simplified) Treaty of the European Union – a simplified, coherent Treaty which incorporates the essential constituent elements of the Union. As a result of various changes and additions over many years, the Treaties undoubtedly are lacking in transparency and clarity in their present state. The proposed Treaty text does not make any changes to the substance of current Treaty provisions, but restructures and consolidates in a more accessible way the articles setting out the institutional framework and the operating rules of the Union and the EU’s policy objectives.
Price: £16.99 * 185pp * paperback * 1 903403 03 0
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights by Kim Feus (2001)
Protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens, has for a long time been an important issue and concern for the European Union. There is, however, a need to spell out more clearly and visibly to the citizens of Europe what these rights are and how they are protected under European law. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is set to do just that. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the proposed EU Charter and is as much a valuable contribution to the discourse on adequate fundamental rights protection as it is to the debate about the EU’s constitutional structure and the future of European integration.
Price: £16.99 * 268pp * paperback * 1 903403 04 9
Treaty of Nice Explained by Kim Feus and Martyn Bond (2001)
With the possible addition of up to twelve new states, many formerly behind the Iron Curtain in Central and Eastern Europe, the Treaty of Nice attempts to ensure existing Union functions well enough to absorb these additions. This volume analyses the changes brought by the Treaty and soberly assesses how far they go to ensure the enlarged Union can function efficently in the future. With commentaries from across the political spectrum, the book includes the full text of the Treaty.
Price: £16.99 * 291pp * paperback* 1 903403 08 1
EU and Kaliningrad by James Baxendale, Stephen Dewar and David Gowan (2000)
Kaliningrad is an anomaly left by the collapse of the Soviet Union, an exclave with one million inhabitants ruled by Moscow but cut off from Rusia proper and bordered by Poland and Lithuania. The region is threatened by economic isolation, pollution, organsid crime, drug-trafficking and one of the highest concentrations of HIV in Europe. This authoritative and lively collection of papers, introduced by Chris PAtten, asks how Russia and the European Union should handle this challenge. Does Kaliningrad pose intractable problems for an enlarged EU, or acn it become a ‘pilot region’ for co-operation?
Price: £18.99 * 281pp * paperback * 0 901573 18 3 * FEW COPIES REMAINING
Shaping Europe: Three MEPs by Lord Plumb, Carole Tongue and Florus Wijsenbeek (2000)
These three candid reminiscences blend personal impressions with an analysis of the growing power and importance of the European Parliament over the twenty years since it was first directly elected. Based on insider experience, this book reflects the views of actors and observers drawn from the mainstream political traditions , Socialist, Conservative and Liberal, in the corridors of European power. The authors made their names in Brussels and Strasbourg and their book informs as well as entertains, putting a human face on the politics of the European Union.
Price: £12.99 * 159pp * paperback * 0 901573 99 X
Asian Crisis & the EU’s Global Responsibilities by Dr Yao-Su Hu (2000)
The effects of the economic crisis that rocked east Asia and sent repercussions throughout the world in 1997 and 1998 are still being felt across the globe. Dr Yao-Su Hu, a former Economist at the World Bank, examines the causes of the crisis as well as the international community’s response before suggesting ways in which the European Union might react to future crisis. Dr Hu presents a chronology of events and examines the nature and essence of the crisis taking in its causes, and examining the social and political costs. He argues that European interests were deeply involved in the Asian crisis, and that the world should have expected Europe assume an active role in tackling the problem. However the Europeans were very weak in the system – in contrast to the USA which yielded unquestioned predominance in the International Monetary Fund’s response. The Asian Crisis and the EU’s Global Responsibilities is essential reading for all those with an interest in world affairs – policy makers, the business community, journalists, academics and students.
Price: £9.95 * 88pp * paperback * 0919573 92 2
Britain & Euroland by Stephen Haseler and Jacques Reland (2000)
A collection of ten essays on Britain’s troubled relations with the fast evolving bloc of continental countries linked to the Euro. Edited by Stephen Haseler and Jacques Reland, both professors at London Metropolitan University, this book covers the waterfront of problem issues – politics, economics, financial services, public opinion, national sovereignty, New Labour, Gordon Brown’s five tests and the Third Way. It even points to the fault lines that could yet wreck the Euro and asks if this new currency is really a Franco-German affair. Contributors include: Howard Davies, Dick Taverne, Bob Worcester, John Stevens, Christopher Johnson, Valerio Lintner, Jacques Reland, Brian Kettell and Robert Kissack, with an introduction by Lord Simon of Highbury, formerly DTI Minister for the Single Market and more recently one of the three wise men reporting to the Commission on future changes.
Price: £14.95 * 171pp * paperback * 0919573 07 8
Can Europe pay for its pensions? by Dick Taverne (2000)
This timely reports assesses the progress made so far by the EU to defuse The Pension Time Bomb in Europe first highlighted by the Federal Trust in a Report in 1995. It reviews best practice in both public and private pension schemes in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK and calls for annual assessments by the EU of member governments hidden deficits on public pensions schemes. It also proposes a European-wide pension scheme for multi-national companies in order to overcome problems of portability. This report is vital reading for every corporate manager concerned for their company’s, and their own, pension.
Price: £9.99 * 62pp * paperback * 0919573 98 1 * NOW SOLD OUT
Seven Theorems Search of the European Parliament by David Coombes (1999)
While the constitutional role of the Parliament within the system of governance of the EU has advanced markedly, its sociological relevance remains at a low ebb. More generally, it is clear that, despite the widening scale and scope of EU-level powers, the salience of specifically EU politics remains low. From a utilitarian perspective, whatever it is that the European Parliament usefully does, MEPs do not appear to be changing the fundamentals of Europe’s security and prosperity. It may no longer be enough for the Parliament to seek to close the democratic deficit in the EU without addressing social change.Indeed, on the hypothesis that European integration is the process of social change, the democratic deficit stems from the failure of the European Parliament (with other EU institutions) to develop social cohesion on a transnational basis. In a provocative essay, David Coombes challenges the existing notions of what the European Parliament does and how it contributes to European unification. He concludes that it must re-invent itself if it is to contribute effectively to the governance of an emerging post-national society in Europe. Ideal for policy-makers, bankers, academics, business and the media.
Price: £9.99 * 70pp * paperback * 0 901573 70 1
What next for the European Parliament? by Andreas Maurer (1999)
What Next for the European Parliament? suggests what the MEPs elected in June 1999 should be doing to strengthen the future of European parliamentary democracy. Drawing on his unique research into the Parliament’s use of its existing powers, Andreas Maurer suggests a programme of reform to the working conditions, rules and procedures of the Parliament as well as to the European Parliament’s conduct of the critical relationships with the Council and Commission. Maurer’s work is based on a detailed study of the co-decision, cooperation and consultation procedures in which the Parliament finds itself involved. The battle for control of executive authority in the European Union is highlighted. The author points out the deficiencies as well as strengths of the present set-up, and makes proposals about how the Parliament’s enhanced powers under the Treaty of Amsterdam can best be exploited.
Price: £9.99 * 75pp *paperback* 0 901573 90 6
Altiero Spinelli & the British Federalists by John Pinder (1999)
This book looks at the one important strand of political thought – federalism – which at one time seemed utopian but which has now found its expression in the European Union . The Federal Trust has brought together the seminal writings of three eminent European federalists: William Beveridge, Lionel Robbins and Altiero Spinelli. Bold and far sighted in their time, the philosophy and proposals of these men still resonate with those who committed today to democratic European unification. John Pinder, a prominent post-war federalist, introduces each of the authors and describes their connection. His introduction establishes the historical context clearly and accurately. Pinder writes: “It is to be hoped that this book on the British and Italian origins of post-war federalist thinking, and on some examples of the way in which federal principles have been applied in the development of the European Community and the Union, will contribute to a better understanding of these principles and of ways in which they can inform the Union’s future”. This book, which republishes the historic writings often for the first time, will be a rich and useful source for students and practitioners of the process of European unification.
Price: £17.95 * 141pp * hardback * 0919573 58 2
The Treaty of Amsterdam by Andrew Duff (1997)
What will it mean for Europe? How does it live up to the expectations placed in the lengthy Intergovernmental Conference that prepared it? What did it leave undone? Andrew Duff, who is the director of the Federal Trust, assembles the up-to-date text of the Treaty and comments on it, clause by clause. He explains what is meant by the Treaty changes and illuminates the darkest corners of the official text. He compares the new Treaty to that of Maastricht (1992), exposes anomalies and highlights those reforms that add to the democratic legitimacy of the European Union. Andrew Duff does not hesitate to alert the reader to where further change is likely, possible or desirable. In his foreword, Lamberto Dini, the Italian foreign minister, writes: ‘I know that this Federal Trust report on the Treaty of Amsterdam will surely help us find the right road forward. I welcome its timely publication.’
Price: £12.50 * 322pp * hardback * 0 901573 67 1
Europe and Emerging Asia by Donald Maitland and Yao-Su Hu (1998)
How should Europe respond to the emergence of Asia as a new power centre of the world? This Federal Trust report examines the issues at play in Europe and emerging Asia in the late 1990s and suggests how a new partnership can be formed between the two. The causes and consequences of the Asian financial crisis are studied, and European anxieties about how to develop a long term, stable relationship with Asia are explained. Equally, the deepening of European integration, and the currency reform and enlargement of the European Union pose questions for the Asian countries about where Europe is headed in world affairs. Human rights, telecommunications and environmental policy are analysed in detail. The institutional framework is described, and reforms are suggested. The report embraces the results of the ASEM summit in London of April 1998. Expert authors Donald Maitland, Yao-Su Hu and Jonathan Solomon provide insight and clarity about the challenging dynamics of the region and role of the European Union in helping Asian development. The authors suggest a way forward towards a mutually beneficial Europe-Asia partnership.
Price: £9.99 * 80pp * paperback * 0901573 69 8
Jobs and the Rhineland Model by Ian Davidson (1997)
As European integration deepens the future of work has become a critical issue. Unemployment threatens the future of monetary union. Labour markets are changing. The liberalisation of the economies of member states of the European Union and the forces of globalisation emphasise the need for greater labour market flexibility. Are these trends compatible with the social model which has been central to Europe’s prosperity and the cohesion of its society? This Federal Trust Report analyses these trends and makes proposals. It draws on the work of a distinguished study group chaired by former UK minister Dick Taverne. Ian Davidson, who writes for the Financial Times, examines the changing nature of work and how structural umemployment in member states might be reduced to less unacceptable levels. It looks at the effects of European capital market integration on labour and at the institutional fiscal cultural and legal obstacles to job creation. Davidson asks whether the divide between the Rhineland and Anglo-Saxon social models can be bridged.
Price: £14.95 * 80pp * paperback * 0901573 64 7
Paying for an Enlarged European Union by Charles Jenkins (1999)
After the launch of the euro, the European Union is facing critical decisions about its future budget: how it raises the money it spends, what to spend it on, and where to spend it. The negotiations are complex and highly controversial. This report from the Federal Trust sets out the issues involved and proposes solutions. Charles Jenkins, the author of the report, is the distinguished Europe editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. The essential contradictions in the assembled positions of the member states are exposed. The report suggests that the prospects of enlarging the Union will be damaged if existing states do not show more flexibility. All must make concessions in the interests of the Union as a whole. Jenkins argues that the United Kingdom should show willingness to compromise on its rebate in exchange for concessions by other states, not least in agricultural reform. This report is a short but incisive guide to the Agenda 2000 debate, to the issues which will dominate the March European Council in Brussels, and to the Union’s prospects of further enlargement. It is aimed at policy-makers, journalists and students of European Union affairs.
Price: £9.95 * 48pp * paperback * 0901573 88 4
Private Partnerships and Public Networks in Europe by Harry Cowie (1996)
This report concludes the work of an influential study group on the role and potential of public-private partnerships in the financing, delivery and operation of infrastructure investment in the EU, particularly the Trans-European Networks (TENs). The report examines best practice in Europe and elsewhere, and analyses the problems inherent in cross-border projects. It makes policy recommendations with the objective of accelerating the development of public infrastructure on the basis mainly of private know-how and finance. The report concludes that a TENs Authority should be established with powers to drive the programme forwards and ensure that the highly complex technical and administrative problems facing TENs are overcome.
Price: £9.95 * 122pp * paperback * 0901573 71 X
PR for Europe: Proposals to Change by Raymond Plant and Michael Steed (1997)
With the outstanding exception of the Conservatives, all political parties in the United Kingdom are agreed that the next elections to the European Parliament in 1999 should be fought on the basis of proportional repersentation. The incoming government, must take early action to effect the change.
This report rehearses the argument, analyses the feasible options and sets out proposals as to how this reform might be accomplished.
Price: £10 * 21pp * paperback * 0 901573 66 3
A New Transatlantic Partnership by Geoffrey Denton (1999)
As European integration widens and deepens, the relationship between the USA and the European Union remains troubled. What is the significance of the proposal for a New Transatlantic Marketplace agreement? How will the introduction of the euro affect transatlantic monetary and macroeconomic arrangments? In what ways would security relations be affected by EU enlargement and political integration? Each of these major policy issues in the overall transatlantic partnership are addressed in Geoffrey Denton’s report. The publication is the report of a major study of transatlantic relations conducted by TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association). It considers the implications of change for transatlantic and global institutions. It will be of greatinterest to policy makers, business and students of international relations.
Price: £9.95 * 80pp * paperback * 0901573 89 2
A Recovery Strategy for Europe by Harry Cowie and John Pinder (1993)
The European Community must now make a positive contribution to end the economic recession, not least in order to restore its own reputation after the ratification of the Treaty of Maastricht. The Federal Trust has gathered a mainly British team of experts to give their critical analyses of what needs to be done to build Europe’s competitive position and to create worthwhile jobs. They address the agenda inspired during 1993 by EC Commission President Jacques Delors. They suggest ways in which the EC, national, regional and local government should move forward together to tackle the big social and environmental problems of the next decades. Only closer integration with create the necessary political conditions for sustained recovery.
Price: £9.99 * 127pp * paperback * 0 901573 44 2
Reforming the European Union (1998) Edited by Andrew Duff
A revised and updated compendium of the acclaimed cross-party series of Federal Trust Papers on the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC). This book describes all the options for the future development of the European Union, assesses progress in the IGC so far, and argues for a sophisticated new approach towards differentiated integration. It suggests how it might be in the United Kingdom’s national interest to contribute positively to the building of a new Europe by becoming a full member of the federal core; and it argues that there are no easy alternatives for the UK. It is the only book to take a comprehensive look at the problem of Britain’s relations with Europe, and will stimulate much debate among both students and practitioners of European Union affairs.
Price: £12.95 * 196pp * paperback * 0 901573 61 2
Understanding the Euro by Andrew Duff (1998)
Despite official efforts, the European single currency is still poorly understood, and often misrepresented. In a collection of essays edited by Andrew Duff, this important new book from the Federal Trust sets out the pros and cons of EMU. Written by a team of highly distinguished British authorities, the book does not minimise the risks involved in taking this historic step. The authors are clear about the practicalities, quizzical about the current policy of the British government, but scathing in their criticism of those who oppose the single currency project on ideological grounds. None dissents from the conclusion of Kenneth Clarke’s substantial foreword to the book that sterling can and should join EMU sooner rather than later.
Policy-makers, bankers, academics, business and the media cannot afford not to read this influential book. No citizen who wishes to be abreast of the controversy over EMU should miss it. ‘This book is to be warmly recommended as a major contribution to the most important political and economic debate of our time.’ Kenneth Clarke MP
Price: £9.99 * 160pp * paperback * 0 901573 72 8
User Guide to the Euro by Graham Bishop, José Pérez and Sammy van Tuyll (1996)
The European Union’s single currency will be born in January 1999. Notes and coins of the euro will be in circulation three years later. The introduction of the euro will affect the everyday life and work of millions of people and firms throughout the world. User Guide to the Euro tells the story of how this revolution is to take place and what should be done to prepare for it. It is a practical book written by experts with a deep knowledge of the imminent currency reform
The background to the single currency is explained. Anticipated problems are frankly discussed and solutions clearly presented. Examples of best practice are shared in both wholesale and retail sectors.The special needs of multi-nationals, small firms, banks and shops are addressed. This book is an essential companion for those preparing their enterprises for the changeover to the euro. It is also a practical guide for the engaged European citizen.
Price: £9.95 * 184pp * paperback * 0 901573 62 0
Venture Capital in Europe by Harry Cowie (1999)
Europe’s venture capital market is dwarfed by that of the USA, and Europe’s employment performance continues to be disappointing. The two phenomena are closely connected. Small and medium sized businesses find it difficult both to get started and to grow into big companies. In a worst case scenario, European entrepreneurs are faced with scepticism and ignorance in the banking sector, an absence of stock options, unreasonable legal and bureaucratic obstacles, a high cost of labour, unhelpful government agencies and unsympathetic tax authorities. How in these circumstances is it possible to grow global companies in Europe?