Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration/The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU Isn't Working-How It Can Be Reformed-What Could Take Its Place

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration/The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU Isn't Working-How It Can Be Reformed-What Could Take Its Place

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The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration BY ROGER LIDDLE. I.B. Tauris, 2014, 256 pp. $95.00 (paper, $35.00).

The Trouble With Europe: Why the EU Isn't Working-How It Can Be Reformed-What Could Take Its Place BY ROGER BOOTLE. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2014, 224 pp. $29.95.

Pity British politicians, who must contend with absurdly polarized domestic opinion when it comes to the euro and the eu. Both these books come plastered with plaudits from British pundits and professors, yet they contain starkly opposing policy prescriptions. What they share is an extremism that would condemn either approach to failure if it were ever put into practice.

Liddle harbors genuine pro-European convictions. He believes, even now, that British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom Liddle served as a special adviser on Europe, should have brought the United Kingdom into the eurozone, not only for pragmatic economic purposes but also to advance broader political and ideological goals. This fascinating book traces Liddle's growing disillusionment as he slowly recognized that his political master, always focused on the next election, would never commit to the euro. …

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