Sustaining Europe: A common cause for the European Union in the new century
This pamphlet gives a critical analysis of the driving forces of European integration and sets the agenda for sustainable development as a renewed vision for the European Union (EU). It states that the EU has become a victim of its own success in promoting peace, stability and prosperity. The achievements of the EU in economic co-operation have lead to an inward-looking, technocratic Union, more concerned with means than ends. It persists in a model of economic growth that is environmentally damaging.
The pamphlet argues that although there are several competing ‘visions’ for Europe, none give the Union what it needs. The vision must be able to command consensus, inspire people, deliver real gains in quality of life for citizens and anticipate the big challenges of the new century. It argues the case for sustainable development as a renewed vision for the Union. Sustainable development is said to tackle environmental threats, democratic deficit, social inclusion, unemployment and define the role of the EU on the international stage.
- Ian Christie
- Publication Date:
- 7 December, 1999