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Europe's Decline and Fall

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics

Europe's Decline and Fall

The Struggle Against Global Irrelevance

Richard Youngs

Europe has lost its influence on world affairs - this expert assessment shows that urgent action is needed

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9781847657664 (18 Nov 2010)

About the book

The European Union is in inexorable decline. The outlook is gloomy for the economy and nobody listens to European politicians. Any authority or power that it once had on the world stage is being lost, and its claims to the moral high ground in international affairs are increasingly shaky. But this lamentable state of affairs is neither inevitable nor irreversible. The emerging new world order offers opportunities for the EU, if it can only act systematically and develop a new cosmopolitan strategy based on principled and consistent support for universal values. Here is a bold analysis of the problem and a brilliant proposal for a remedy.

'Richard Youngs has produced a passionate but clear-headed analysis of Europe's shrinking status in world affairs. Sarkozy and Merkel should read and react to this wake-up call to reverse Europe's decline before it is too late.' Denis MacShane MP, Britain's longest serving Europe minister

About the author

Richard Youngs is the foremost expert on Europe's place in the world. He is director of FRIDE, the Madrid-based think-tank, and associate professor at the University of Warwick. He has written five previous books on European foreign policy.


(The) book offers a closely reasoned, relentless, indictment of Europe's multiple failures as a global power...

- Hanns W Maull, The Oldie

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics