Politics in a United Europe

Les politiques d’une Europe unie / Politics in a United Europe

More than fifty years after the treaty of Rome, Europe has become a major power of more than 400 millions of people. Based on the friendship between France and Germany, it has been a factor of peace and prosperity. However, since the end of the Cold War and the Treaty of Maastricht, Europe has been more and more criticized. The “no” to the constitutional treaty in France in 2005 has been a major setback. The economical crisis also puts a lot of strain on the European Union. Our aims are to explain:

1- How Europe has become what it is: its institutions and its different stages.

2- How France has had to adapt its institutions to the European construction. How France had to give up large fields of its sovereignty, especially since the Euro. In other words, how Europe has influenced French politics and policies

3- And finally how Europe can find its place in a globalized world.

No previous knowledge is required.

Texts: Bino Olivi et Alessandro Giacone, L’Europe difficile: Histoire politique de la construction européenne, Folio Histoire Gallimard 2007

This course is applicable to the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies.
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FREN 6606

All Sections in Summer 2009, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2009, LS 6 Week Session

FREN6606A-L09 Lecture (Agostini)