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The European Council in the Era of Crises

Gebonden Engels 2021 9781838089849
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I found myself reliving the time of my mandate as president of the European Council … Jan Werts’ story of the European Council is the story of the Union itself. - Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council (2009 to 2014)

Jan Werts brings a unique perspective to the European Council. As a journalist, he has reported on the spot from virtually every European Council meeting since 1975, a witness to countless episodes of last-minute arm-twisting and creative compromise. As a scholar, he wrote the first ever doctoral dissertation on the European Council, published in 1992. In 2008 he carried the story forward to the verge of the start of the permanent presidency. In this latest book, against the background of the broad sweep of the history of the European Council, he focuses especially on the sequence of crises that began around the time of his previous book − the Greek debt and broader euro crises, the migration and refugee crisis, Brexit and Covid among them.

Jan Werts has interviewed a galaxy of EU insiders whose assessments are extensively quoted in the text. He describes with realism, candour and some sympathy how the leaders, their officials and advisers battled against crises that at times seemed to threaten the European project itself. The institutional development of the European Council since its formal upgrading to an EU institution and the inauguration of the full-time presidency in 2009 is also a major theme. As Werts explains, while the European Council is by definition primarily intergovernmental in character, it has also become firmly embedded in the institutional architecture of the Union and in practice the main driver of EU integration, giving this the legitimacy that only the national leaders can provide.

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ISBN13:9781838089849
Taal:Engels
Bindwijze:gebonden
Aantal pagina's:432
Uitgever:John Harper
Druk:1
Verschijningsdatum:25-10-2021
Jongbloed:Europees recht

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Over Jan Werts

Jan Werts has been reporting and commentating on the European Union since 1967 and has covered in person nearly every European Council meeting since the first in 1975. He wrote the first ever legal PhD thesis on the European Council, published by Elsevier in 1992. In 2008 he brought the story up to date in his first book for John Harper Publishing, to which the current edition is a sequel.

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Inhoudsopgave

Foreword, by Herman Van Rompuy
Preface, by Jan Werts

PART I: THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL: FROM ‘FIRESIDE CHAT’ TO CENTRE OF EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE
The European Council in our time
Since 2010: more crisis manager than strategic leader
Preamble to the European Council
The lifecycle of the European Council
A ‘Provisional European Government’?

PART II: RESOLVER OF CRISES
Economic government: how the leaders rescued the euro
Migration, Justice and Home Affairs: areas of permanent crisis
Brexit: a never-ending drama
The COVID-19 crisis

PART III: PROVIDER OF DIRECTION AND LEADERSHIP
Constitutional strategy
Foreign policy: a constant but problematic preoccupation
Financing the EU: complex negotiations on the MFF
Enlargement: accessions that proved difficult to manage
Energy and climate policy: a carbon-neutral economy by 2050
Appointments
The single market: a mixed story

PART IV: ARCHITECT OF ITS OWN MISTAKES AND FAILURES
EMU without a toolbox for crises
Schengen without reliable closed external borders
A deadlocked migration and refugee policy
The EU’s foreign policy: a ‘mission impossible’
The Lisbon Strategy that flopped and other flawed projects
Legitimacy and Brexit
Some reasons behind the blunders and failures

PART V: MECHANISMS AND ORGANISATIONAL RULES

An overview of the tasks and functions of the European Council
The legal status of the European Council since the Lisbon Treaty
The Euro Summit: a new phenomenon
The crucial agenda-setting of the meetings
The stepping stones to the conclusions: the summits’ centrepiece
The number, venue, and formats of the summits

PART VI: THE COURSE AND CONDUCT OF THE MEETINGS
The participants: a doubling of the membership
Decision-making in the European Council
The foremost decision-makers of the European Council
Some defining moments for the permanent presidents
The dominance of France and Germany

PART VII: A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP. THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL AND OTHER EU INSTITUTIONS
The Commission – now subservient, or a more complex picture?
The shallow relationship with the European Parliament
The lost key role of the Council of Ministers
The increasing voice of the Court of Justice (ECJ)
Birth of a ‘Union method’ of decision-making: intergovernmentalism plus Community method

PART VIII: FINAL CONCLUSIONS
The unstoppable advance of the European Council in perspective
ANNEX 1: List of summit meetings
ANNEX 2: Bibliography

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