A noble dream born in the shadow of a terrible war, conceived in a world of powerful blocs dominated by the United States and the USSR, the European Union has become hopelessly ill equipped for an era of globalisation and emerging markets. In its current form it is nothing less than the greatest obstacle between Europe and success. What's more, if nothing changes, its share of world GDP will drop sharply and its influence will be greatly diminished.
This book is written especially for all fair-minded people across Europe who have previously been presented only with a choice of extremist ravings or wads of impenetrable Euro-speak. To all those who may be called upon to contribute to a decision about Europe's future, or their country's part in it, Roger Bootle offers a fluent, readable and even-handed analysis of the options of how Europe could better serve its people.