A Second Chance for Europe

Economic, Political and Legal Perspectives of the European Union

  • Jo Ritzen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jo Ritzen
    Pages 1-25
  3. Jo Ritzen, Klaus F. Zimmermann
    Pages 27-57
  4. Jo Ritzen, Klaus F. Zimmermann
    Pages 59-112
  5. Jo Ritzen
    Pages 113-133
  6. Jo Ritzen, Martin Kahanec
    Pages 135-153
  7. Jo Ritzen, Martin Kahanec
    Pages 155-181
  8. Jo Ritzen, Annemarie Neeleman, Pedro Teixeira
    Pages 223-244
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    Pages 245-271

About this book


This book calls upon us to rethink and reboot the European Union. The authors dissect the EU’s many vulnerabilities: how some Member States are backsliding on the rule of law, freedom of the press, and control of corruption – and how globalization’s ‘discontents’ are threatening the liberal international order. It examines the need for a common immigration policy; the need to rethink the unsustainable debt overhang of some Eurozone countries; and the need to use education to foster a European identity.

Given the sum total of these vulnerabilities, the book argues, the EU may not survive beyond 2025 in its present form – that is, unless decisive action is taken. In turn, the book puts forward a number of workable solutions: a European economic model to secure full employment; a stronger European Court of Human Rights to counter systemic violations; a points-based immigration policy; clear exit options for the Eurozone; and an Open Education Area with a common second language. These solutions may reduce the number of EU countries, but would increase cohesion and overall survivability.


EU Economy Euro Immigration Full employment Rule of law Euroscepticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jo Ritzen
    • 1
  1. 1.UNU-Merit/ Graduate School of GovernanceMaastricht University MaastrichtThe Netherlands

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