THE EUROPEAN UNION BETWEEN “THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE” AND “EUROPEAN UNION INC.” Cover Image

THE EUROPEAN UNION BETWEEN “THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE” AND “EUROPEAN UNION INC.”
THE EUROPEAN UNION BETWEEN “THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE” AND “EUROPEAN UNION INC.”

Author(s): Silviu Neguţ, Marius-Cristian Neacşu
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: ”Carol I” National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: European Union; “The United States of Europe”; “European Union Inc.”; Euroscepticism;

Summary/Abstract: This study was born in response to the different phrases that tried “prophesising” the future of the “European project”. Thus, we put face to face two idioms and at the same time two stances in which the European Union might find itself in a possible future, respectively “The United States of Europe” (an idea older than the European Union itself) or “European Union Inc.”. The first represents a unitary block with political value, while the second was used by American analysts in a more derogatory way to illustrate this struggle of “Europe” between “a sort of greater Switzerland” from a political point of view and “a transnational corporation” from an economic standpoint. This interrogation, which is both philosophical and systemic, - what is the European Union or what does it desire to be? –, was especially complicated by the international economic crisis that seems to have shed light again on identity fanaticism of any kind and extremist discourse, none of which are too distant in Europe’s history. Taking all of the above into consideration, European Union’s future remains uncertain.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 45-50
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English