The Social and Economic Integration of Europe
The nations of Europe are likely to retain their distinctive characters for many centuries to come, but the very existence of the European Union will tend to create greater uniformity of approach in vital areas of daily life. This will happen largely because of institutional and legal pressures to conform, but there will also be a considerable informal pressure arising from the natural human characteristic of copying successful methods and procedures. The process has already gone a long way in the original Six members despite the differentiating marks of language and history. It is continuing with the subsequent groups of members. In this context two areas in particular are worth looking at in greater depth, regional policy and social policy itself. Closely linked with these are environmental policy which is dealt with in Chapter 10, and law and justice which are dealt with in Chapter 11.
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