Genesis, Institutions, and Instruments of the European Union: A Concise Guide on Euro-Multilateralism



: Europe: Past, Present and Future
BISAC: POL048000; POL021000

This reader is designed to be a concise summary of the history of the European Union. Starting with the rebirth of a common European vision right after WWII, this reader will elaborate on all the vital events and treaties that have come to substantially shape the course of the European Union to the point where it is today. Due reference is devoted to the current state-of-arts of the Union too (critically, but fairly and objectively assessed). Even though the European Union considerably contributes to improved living conditions being the form and the substance for European citizens and is commonly accepted as a heavy-weight tool on the global political stage, it is yet to fully realize its capacities.

The present reader does not seek to take position nor to make a case that the precise institution that came to be known as the European Union shall be exempt of criticism and questioning. Instead, the authors wish to convey an idea and an understanding of a real-life model, an essence of transnational cooperation. As such, it is objectively valuable to learn it and learn from it in order to give a chance to the widest range possible of actors to fuel the current or future discussions on multilateral cooperation possibilities world-wide, understood here as a means to join forces in solidarity and reach common goals.

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Table of Contents

Table of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations



Chapter 1. History of the European Union

Chapter 2. Institutions of the European Union

Chapter 3. Economic Monetary Union

Chapter 4. The European Union Expansion

Chapter 5. Some Modern Developments of the European Union

Chapter 6. Future Prospects of the European Union


List of References

Bibliographical References to Books, Articles, and other Official Readers

Online Sources


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“A thoughtful, comprehensive but concise, multidisciplinary, accurate, timely and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics, history and institutions building of a pivotal world region – Europe. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature. Timely as it is, it will contribute to the revitalization of a very idea of multilateralism. Globally-known cross-continental settings such as the G-7 (which I architectured as a senior governmental minister) and OECD (which I helped shape as its Secretary) would have been unthinkable without the most comprehensive and through multilateral undertaking – that one that took root in post WWII Europe. Authors give a fair account to these less visited history (of peace and institutions building) chapters. Overall, this book undeniably features the unionistic Europe as a sine qua non for the Old Continent and its neighborhood, but also as a beacon of hope and vision for other continents. This is a must-read book for scholars and practitioners – all those wondering about the nature of social and state interaction through times and spaces. It is a concise chronicle of Europe’s presence and multilateralised future, of an unparallel alternative. Professor Bajrektarevic’s new book clearly reminds us that “Europe might (temporarily) get out of fashion, but its very idea remains uncontested.” – Honorable Donald J. Johnston PC OC QC, Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

“Many rooms can be filled with political and scientific literature about European integration and multilateralism. Notwithstanding this, Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic has written an excellent, concise and easily accessible book that is of real added value and deserves a place on many bookshelves. During the high times of multilateralism, it was a strike of genius by then elder statesmen to bring together the core of the economies of France and Germany, joined by Italy and what later would be the Benelux countries. At times when multilateralism is under pressure and war has erupted again on the European continent, it is good to remind readers that European integration was the result of diplomatic creativity and political courage. It is good to describe the way it went and is now working. More than ever European integration and multilateralism needs new generations of well-informed and trained practictioners and of supporting citizens. This book by Professor Anis and Nora Wolf will help to unleash the support and interest of readers which European integration and multilateralism need and deserve.” – Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium (2008 – 2011)

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