Reading The European Union
WHILE MOST PEOPLE PREFER “SOFT” BOOKS THAT CAN BE READ AT THE BEACH ON VACATION, SOME REGARD THIS BREAK FROM WORK AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ AND THINK ABOUT MATTERS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN CURIOUS ABOUT. WE HAVE COMPILED A LIST OF BOOKS AND TEXTS IN CASE YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ AND THINK ABOUT THE EU WHILE ON VACATION.
Immanuel Kant – Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch
No doubt, Immanuel Kant is one of the most-discussed, still well-known and perhaps most influential philosophers in the history of the world. It is not surprising that Kant was thinking about how to achieve perpetual peace, as had witnessed a bloody part of Europe’s history, which would be marred with wars and suffering up until World War II. In his work, which he wrote in 1795, Kant was, in a sense, laying the philosophical foundations of the idea of the European Union. In this brief text, Kant, seeking the answer to the question of how to ensure lasting peace, reaches the conclusion that only a federation of free nations would make this possible. Is this not what the European Union is in a way?
Ayhan Kaya, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Yaprak Gürsoy, Özge Onursal – Introduction to the European Union: History, Institutions and Politics
This book, which can enlighten even a person who has no idea of the European Union, consists of 15 different articles. These articles, which deeply examine the formation, integration, economy and foreign relations of the EU, as well as its concept of citizenship, and policies on specific topics from education to transportation, explain both the history and structure of the European Union in a very clear manner. The fact that it is made up of different articles makes it suitable for readers with specific interests.
Cengiz Aktar – European Union’s Expansion Process
Edited by Cengiz Aktar, who, with his 22 year-long United Nations experience, is one of the most knowledgeable and well-equipped EU scholars in Turkey, this book touches upon a variety of subjects from how the European Union expands and how its institutions adapt, to which issues are debated and what kind of tools are utilized during expansion. The fact that the book comprises different articles written by different authors also makes it easier for readers to read.
Luuk Van Middelaar – The Passage to Europe. How a Continent Became a Union
This book by Luuk Van Middelaar in a sense tells the history of the European Union. What sets it apart from other books with the same subject matter is that the author, writing this history based on his own experience and memories as a bureaucrat, strikes an easy to read style without straying from objectivity. Van Middelaar, who, at the same time, is a historian and philosopher, draws from multiple disciplines as he tells the history of the European Union and combines his foresights with philosophy. A book to read on vacation without too much effort.
Yanis Varoufakis – Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment
Former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was one of the leading politicians in the Syriza movement Greece, tells in this book about his falling out with his party and his resignation from the ministry, or, in its own words, about his battle with the European establishment. Even though the book looks at the European Union from a very critical viewpoint, Varoufakis is a politician who does believe in the European Union project. He just wants to transform Europe with a leftist drive.