Debating Europe’s future

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Series Details Volume 34, Number 4, Pages 490-506
Publication Date 2019
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The European Union – including its precursors, the European Communities – has had many ups and downs since the beginning of institutionalized integration, in the 1950s. Yet the state of the EU today seems exceptionally grave. Debates about the future of European integration are as old as the EU itself. They are particularly prevalent at times of perceived crisis. The current debate takes place at a time of undoubted crisis, even polycrisis.

This article discusses the course and contours of the current debate, by looking, first, at the global context in which the debate is taking place; second, at the EU context; and, third, at the contributions to, and overall significance of, the debate so far.

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This journal article is part of a Special Issue titled Ireland and EU Crisis Governance: Continuity and Change in the Shadow of the Financial Crisis and Brexit.

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