The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe (The Public Square)

The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe (The Public Square)

David Marquand

Has Europe's notable postwar restoration limped to an finish? it is going to look so. the uk, Belgium, France, Italy, and previous Soviet Bloc international locations have skilled ethnic or non secular disturbances, occasionally violent. Greece, eire, and Spain are menaced by way of monetary crises. And the euro is in hassle. In The finish of the West, David Marquand, a former member of the British Parliament, argues that Europe's difficulties stem from outmoded perceptions of world energy, and demands a drastic swap in ecu governance to halt the continent's slide into irrelevance. Taking a looking out examine the continent's governing associations, background, and present demanding situations, Marquand bargains a hectic prognosis of Europe's ills to indicate the way in which towards a greater destiny.

Exploring the baffling distinction among postwar luck and present disasters, Marquand examines the rebirth of ethnic groups from Catalonia to Flanders, the increase of xenophobic populism, the democratic deficit that stymies european governance, and the thorny questions of the place Europe's borders finish and what it capacity to be eu. Marquand contends that as China, India, and different countries upward thrust, Europe needs to abandon old notions of an enlightened West and a backward East. He demands Europe's leaders and voters to confront the painful problems with ethnicity, integration, and financial unity, and to construct a democratic and federal structure.

A take-heed call to those that dangle to principles of a triumphalist Europe, the tip of the West indicates that the continent needs to draw on all its reserves of highbrow and political creativity to thrive in an more and more turbulent global, the place the very language of "East" and "West" has been emptied of which means. In a brand new preface, Marquand analyzes the present Eurozone crisis--arguing that it was once inevitable end result of the absurdity of mixing financial union with monetary disunion--and increases the various questions Europe must face in its recovery.

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