EURO 1050 Lecture 24: lecture 24

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Increased intergovernmental cooperation, development of the knowledge economy. The preservation of peace within the eu"s borders. The persistence of democratic deficit (despite some improvements since the late 1970"s) The lack of focus on social policies, believed by labour unions and the left more generally to have been scarified on the altar of liberal, free trading policies. The heavily bureaucratised murky nature of european institutions its own success: the number of member states (28) can impede (and has impeded) decision making the absence of a coherent foreign policy. Mediterranean vs. northern europe (big economic gap between the two) Western vs. the former eastern bloc (additional disparities within the latter) (gap between the gdp and standards of living) Towards a two speed europe? the social question the challenge of euro scepticism themes to keep in mind. The not so surprising persistence of national politics and identity. Social, cultural, and geographical divides (multiple language, religions, cultures, )

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