Overview of the book

Crises have no regard for anniversaries. In 2013, the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg celebrated its 60th birthday. In the same year, the EU was in one of its most serious crises. Now, this is not the first time that the integration process has faced a serious crisis. Successful steps towards integration have always been countered by failures.

At the same time, however, each crisis has prepared the ground for new attempts and efforts to drive the European integration process forward. Given the current concerns about the future of the EU, it is worth looking back at how crises in the past have always triggered new momentum toward pragmatic solutions and further steps toward integration. It is this perspective that the contributions in this volume take. For core areas of economic and political integration, the volume examines how the current state of integration has come about and what role crisis-ridden developments in the past have played in this process.

With contributions by:

Peter Behrens, Markus Kotzur and Konrad Lammers, Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker, Armin Hatje, Jörg Philipp Terhechte, Andreas Grimmel, Oliver Remien, Michael Wohlgemuth, Rolf Caesar, Rudolf Hrbek, Peter Christian Müller-Graff.

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