Unhappy Union: How the euro crisis – and Europe – can be fixed (Economist Books)

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The euro was supposed to create an unbreakable bond between the nations and people of Europe. But when the debt crisis struck, the flaws of the half-built currency brought the European Union close to breaking point after decades of post-war integration.

Deep fault-lines have opened up between European institutions and the nation-states—and often between the rulers and the ruled—raising profound questions about Europe's democratic deficit. Belief in European institutions and national governments alike is waning, while radicals on both the left and the right are gaining power and influence.

Europe's leaders have so far proved the doomsayers wrong and prevented the currency from breaking up. "If the euro fails, Europe fails," says Angela Merkel. Yet the euro, and the European project as a whole, is far from safe. If it is to survive and thrive, leaders will finally have to confront difficult decisions. How much national sovereignty are they willing to give up to create a more lasting and credible currency? How much of the debt burden and banking risk will they share? Is Britain prepared to walk away from the EU? And will other countries follow?

In Unhappy Union, The Economist's Europe editor and Brussels correspondent provide an astute analysis of the crisis. They describe America's behind-the-scenes lobbying to salvage the euro, economists' bitter debates over austerity, the unseen maneuvers of the European Central Bank and the tortuous negotiations over banking union. In the final chapter, they set out the stark choices confronting Europe's leaders and citizens.

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John Peet is Europe Editor at The Economist, where he has previously been Business Affairs Editor, Brussels Correspondent and Finance Correspondent. Before joining The Economist he was a civil servant, working for the Treasury and the Foreign Office. Anton La Guardia is Brussels correspondent of The Economist, for which he writes the Charlemagne column. He previously worked for two decades as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Africa, and is the author of Holy Land, Unholy War: Israelis and Palestinians (Penguin, 2006).

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This book represents one of the best overviews of the euro's current travails and future prospects. It reflects the virtues of The Economist, where both authors work: the analysis is well informed, concise, sober, and backed by pertinent data.” Foreign Affairs

There is plenty of technical matter in Unhappy Union to help anyone trying to grasp what exactly has gone on in Europe these past few years. But what also emerges is the strong impression of a continent still in deep trouble." The Wall Street Journal

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