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The European Union Has Unexpectedly Become Too Important To Ignore

In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Kiran Klaus Patel discusses key themes in his brand new book “Europäische Integration. Geschichte und Gegenwart” (European Integration: History and the Present Day). Patel embeds the history of the European Communities in the broader history of international cooperation and explores three elements that made the EC stand out from the 1970s onwards. Patel also shows how the EU has used recent crises as an opportunity to expand its powers – and how its history can help us explain why values and norms are not firmly secured within the EU today.

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