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European Futures
Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050

ISBN 9780367444433
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
260 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume explores the opportunities and challenges facing the European Union in the future from different disciplines and assesses the EU’s prospects across various policy areas.

Using the European Commission’s 2017 White Paper presenting five different scenarios for the future of Europe to 2050 as an organising framework for analysis and debate, the volume reflects upon the drivers of the EU’s future, including its changing place in an evolving world, a transformed economy and society, heightened threats and concerns about security and borders, and questions of trust and legitimacy. The concluding chapter summarises and compares the findings to determine which of the scenarios is the most instructive to understand and plan European Futures to 2050, and beyond.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, EU politics/studies, and more broadly international relations, as well as European policy-makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: European Futures, Past and Present  Part 1: The Future of EU Financial, Economic and Social Policies  2. The EU Capital Market: ‘Carrying on’ into the future?  3. European Economic Governance: Past, Present and Future  4. The Future of EU Social and Labour Market Policy: Between a European Social Union and an EU Regulatory Welfare State?  Part 2: The Future of EU Environmental, Digital and Migration Policies  5. Environment and Climate 2050: Common Purpose or Constraining Dissensus?  6. Normative, Protective, Transformative Europe: Digital and Climate Meta-Policies  7. Migration and The Future of Europe  Part 3: The Future of EU External Relations  8. The Future of EU Trade Policy in Turbulent Times  9. EU Foreign Affairs and the Future: Multi-level Opportunities vs. Multi-layered Risks  Part 4: European Futures across Policy Areas  10. Member State Constellations and the ‘Future of Europe’ Debate  11. Towards a Win-Win Package Deal and More Effective Decision-making in a Union Faced with Disruptive Change  12. The Future of Europe: Alternative Scenarios  13. Conclusion: The Future of European Integration to 2050 across Scenarios and Policy Areas

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Chad Damro is Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations, Academic Convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Co-Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Elke Heins is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the School of Social and Political Science, and Academic Co-convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Drew Scott is Professor of European Union Studies and Co-Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh, UK.


"This is a timely volume with an impressive line-up of leading authorities writing on some of the key issues and challenges facing the EU after a turbulent decade or more. Their reflections on the likely future of core areas of EU policy and action, from economic and social governance to migration, climate, trade and financial markets, as well as broader institutional and constitutional issues should be of interest to scholars and students of European integration across many disciplines."

Gráinne de Búrca, New York University School of Law, USA.

"We humans have a tendency to over rationalise the past, over dramatise the present and underestimate the future. Luckily this book does exactly the opposite. Just what the doctor ordered to get some order to the future scenarios of the European Union."

Alexander Stubb, European University Institute, Italy, and Former Prime Minister of Finland.