The History of European Integration and the Role of Rules



Welfens explores the history and politicization of the Commission. The UK’s role under Margaret Thatcher’s in promoting the idea of the European single market and its four freedoms—the free movement of goods, of services, of capital and, strange as it now seems given the role immigration played in Brexit, the free movement of labor—is discussed. Welfens argues for the importance of rules and of adherence to those rules. This chapter concludes with a stark warning: the EU cannot survive as it is. Without reform, the EU could disintegrate and its members into blocs which gravitate toward external (and internal) spheres of influence possibly dominated by the US/UK, Russia, and Germany, endangering the peace and stability of the last 70 years.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesBergischen Universität WuppertalWuppertalGermany

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