a politico-economic clarification of the European Union
Book reviewed: The European Union Illuminated: Its Nature, Importance and Future Ali M. El-Agraa (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), xviii+328 pp., ISBN: 978-1137533647
Considering the current critical circumstances of the European Union (EU), Ali M. El-Agraa in The European Union Illuminated: Its Nature, Importance and Future appraises the politico-economic dimensions of the EU, the concerns by both policymakers and the general public, and evaluates whether those apprehensions are justified. The author draws on an extensive analysis of the past, present and future of the EU chiefly focusing on economic integration across eight chapters.
After the first introductory chapter on the EU and the imperative issues it is facing, particularly after the 2008 financial crisis, which led to deep recessions in the Eurozone, the first chapter discusses the EU within an international context and global economic integration. The author then addresses the International Economic Integration (IEI) in...