Europe Restructured?: The Euro Zone Crisis and Its Aftermath
About Europe Restructured: The Euro Zone Crisis and Its Aftermath This is not a book advocating British withdrawal from Europe: In Europe Restructured David Owen lays out a blueprint for a new structure where those countries that may wish to be part More...
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
About Europe Restructured: The Euro Zone Crisis and Its Aftermath This is not a book advocating British withdrawal from Europe: In Europe Restructured David Owen lays out a blueprint for a new structure where those countries that may wish to be part of a more integrated EU/eurozone are facilitated in doing so, while those who may only want a Single Market/European Community are free to do so. He suggests building on the Single Market European Economic Area of 30 states including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein and inviting Turkey to join. This, with Croatia joining the EU next year, would make 32 countries and some others later. Europe Restructured recounts the key historical events in Britain's equivocal relationship with the Common Market, European Community, and now Union, from 1962-2012 and considers how Britain's place in the EU affects her other global foreign and defence relationships, in particular with the United States. All this leads David Owen to the conclusion that urgently in 2013, or more likely in 2015-2016, a referendum will have to be held in the UK. He wants a clear referendum choice in the UK. ";The eurozone crisis has exposed three stresses. First, monetary union cannot work well without political union, which requires, second, a solution to Europe's democratic deficit. That leads, third, to the inevitable conclusion that this country will turn its back on Europe. Lord Owen suggests a way through, in which Britain can remain part of a renewed single market without submitting to thedemand to be part of a single government. The Times leader "Are we still a self-governing nation? How long is the list of things that British Governments cannot do unless they have permission from Brussels or the blessing of the European Courts? Even without joining the eurozone, is our independence slipping away? Asking these questions is one of the merits of Lord Owen's new book, Europe Restructured. The Eurozone Crisis and its Aftermath. Lord Owen has shown us a way forward." - Andreas Whittam Smith, The Independent.