The European Union: Policies, Perspectives and Politics


Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL058000

The present volume brings together a collection of fifteen contributions both by well-known scholars and young researchers from Norway, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, the United States, Germany, Ireland, and Romania, focused on various political, legal, social, and economic aspects of the contemporary European Union. The book is divided into two parts, the first one examining different EU actors, policies, and politics, from the rule of European capitalism to integration challenges, from the discourse on migration to the reform prospects of the common agricultural policy, from threats to competitiveness to the EU’s educational policies, from the potential election of the Commission president to the role of parties in the current European political landscape, and from rural and urban well-being across the Union to more technical EU law aspects.

The second part looks into the role of the European Union as a regional and global actor from a few broader perspectives, dealing with several difficult trials it now faces, from the Eurasian challenge embodied by Russia and China to its current problematic relationship with both its eastern neighbour (the Russian Federation) and its long-time transatlantic partner (the United States), and from its role as mediator in the Serbian-Kosovar reconciliation to its stance regarding the Republic of Moldova’s European aspirations and their impact on the identity discourse in the small autonomous region of Găgăuzia.

The contributions are based on multidisciplinary perspectives from the fields of law, political science, economics, social policy, and international relations, forming a cohesive and coherent collection that provides the reader with many relevant perspectives on some of the European Union’s most challenging contemporary policies, as well as on its role as a key regional and global player in a world beset by levels of instability, uncertainty, and threat seldom seen before in recent history. The EU’s domestic problems, ranging from the rise of populism to growing Euroscepticism in almost all member states, and from increasing public disillusionment with politicians and political processes to the never-ending chaos of Brexit, coupled with its continued inability to speak with a strong, unified voice in matters of foreign policy and international crises means that this political structure formed in the early 1950s to guarantee peace in Western Europe, which later evolved into the intricate confederative framework we know today, is facing deep, uncharted waters that may well prove difficult to navigate. The present volume aims to provide a few answers to the most pressing questions confronting today’s European Union.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Rule of European Capitalism
(Noralv Veggeland, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Chapter 2. Challenges Pertaining to Integration in the European Project
(Mihai Murariu, Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences, West University of Timișoara, Timișoara, Romania)

Chapter 3. The Discourse on Migration in the European Union: Solidarity or Threat to Security?
(Delia Pop-Flanja, Department of European Studies and Governance, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Chapter 4. Political Economy and Prospects of Common Agricultural Policy Reforms
(Samir Mili and Tomás García Azcarate, Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography, Spanish National Research Council, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 5. Threats and Challenges for the Competitiveness of the European Union: What Are the Perspectives for Cohesion among the Member States?
(Michaela Staníčková and Lukáš Melecký, Department of European Integration, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Chapter 6. Key Ideas of the European Union in Educational Policies
(Narciso José López García and Francisco Luis Domínguez Muñoz, Department of Music Education, Faculty of Education, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain, and others)

Chapter 7. The Election of the Commission President: On the Road to Democratic Politics?
(Isabel Camisão, Department of History, European Studies, Archaeology and Arts, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)

Chapter 8. Parties in the EU Political System: Growing Determining Actors?
(Dina Sebastião, Department of History, European Studies Archaeology and Arts, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)

Chapter 9. Well-Being in Urban and Rural Areas in the European Union: Challenges, Policies, Monitoring, and Some Practical Examples
(Susanne Schnorr-Bäcker, Senior Researcher, Federal Statistical Office of Germany)

Chapter 10. Animal Welfare in the European Union: The Cosmetics Regulation
(Laura Donnellan, School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland)

Chapter 11. The European Ne Bis In Idem Principle
(Gerard Coffey, School of Law, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)

Chapter 12. The European Union and Its Eurasian Challenge: Dealing with Competing Regionalisms at the Europe-Eurasia Interface
(Boyka Stefanova, Department of Political Science and Geography, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, US)

Chapter 13. The European Union in the Crossfire: Between Populist America and Authoritarian Russia
(Raluca Moldovan, Department of International Relations and German Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania)

Chapter 14. The European Union’s Conflict Resolution Mechanisms and Their Impact on the Serbian-Kosovar Reconciliation
(Laura M. Herța and Adrian G. Corpădean, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Chapter 15. How Is the Rapprochement of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union Shaping Gagauzia’s Identity Discourse and Political Choices? Russia and Turkey in the View
(Anna Șargov, Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)



The volume is suitable for academics researching EU-related topics, as well as for scholars of European integration and international relations. It is also very suitable for students of European Studies, political science and international relations. The general public will also get a good deal of useful information about the inner workings of the EU and its foreign policy by reading the book.


European union, European policies, European integration, EU as global actor

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