An Historical Introduction to the European Union by Philip Thody

By Philip Thody

An ancient creation to the eu Union is a chronological political heritage of eu integration from the Fifties to the current. additionally it is a contextualising survey of wider eu background because the 1600s, and locations unification opposed to a heritage of global politics. This essentially written advent to the basic background, economics and politics of the ecu Union assumes no earlier wisdom. It bargains an in depth account of the Union with sections on: * how the Union works * easy rules of the Union * arguments over contested practices, together with agriculture * problems with the chilly warfare, growth, and the position of the U.S. * language * unmarried ecu foreign money With an annotated bibliography, chronology and consultant to the associations of the ecu Union, An old advent to the eu Union accommodates the latest learn and particular remedy of the rules of the ecu Union.

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In English it also has the disadvantage of evoking—quite incorrectly—what used to be called Third World or underdeveloped countries. This is not the case. A ‘Third Country’ is merely a country which is not a member of the European Union, and is thus a category which includes countries as different from one another as Tibet and Uruguay, Japan and Uganda, and the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, but which all have one feature in common, they are not European. In its insistence on industry and commerce, and not on political and military matters, the Community was also economic.

This difference is discussed in more detail in Chapter 4, as is the nature of the disagreement which was once again to set France at odds with her partners in 1965. Then, History 13 it was an argument about the relationship between the Community and its member states, and a conflict between those who, like the French, looked for what they called ‘l’Europe des Patries’, and those who had a vision of a Europe in which the Community itself would gradually bring about a higher degree of political unification.

This, it was agreed, would take place in stages over a twelve-year period. In fact, the process went so smoothly that the last customs duties between the six member states were abolished on 1 July 1968, a year and a half earlier than planned. 12 History The free movement of manufactured goods by commercial firms was thus realised in 1968, eighteen months in advance of the original deadline set out in the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and the success of the European Community in this and other areas had a considerable impact both on its own members and on those states which, like the United Kingdom, had decided not to join.

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