European Union Between the Big Bang and the Big Crunch

  • Vicenç Fernández Alarcón
  • Shahrazad Hadad
  • Simona Irina Goia (Agoston)
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


As the European Union (EU) has been shaken by various challenges such as the economic and immigration crises, Euroscepticism, Brexit, the raise of extremist parties, we consider timely a short overview on the political, social, and economic contexts that lead to the creation of the EU, and on its predecessors. The present chapter provides insights into the enlargements of the EU and it lays the foundations that lead to the current situation in the EU by shading light on the multi-layered causes and consequences of UK leaving the EU. Reflections are made on the clash of national and supranational entities and on political regimes and parties that dominate the EU stage as of the 2014 elections.


European Union integration European Union disintegration Euroscepticism Brexit Immigration Crisis Monetary union Economic union 

List of Abbreviations


European Communities or European Community


European Coal and Steal Community


European Economic Area


European Economic Community


European Monetary Union


European Union


European Atomic Energy Commission


Single European Act


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicenç Fernández Alarcón
    • 1
  • Shahrazad Hadad
    • 2
  • Simona Irina Goia (Agoston)
    • 2
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech (UPC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.The Bucharest University of Economic StudiesBucureștiRomania

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