Making Sense of Europe

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Making Sense of Europe

By Christopher Tugendhat
Viking, 1986
239 pp.

Which is precisely what Mr. Tugendhat does, drawing on his national experience as a British M.P. and on his recent eight years as a member of the European Commission, four of which he spent as a vice president of the commission. His Europe is the Community: how it does and does not work. It is a detached and yet inside view, in which he recalls specific frustrations and advances, the inevitable three steps forward and two back. A brilliantly informative book that includes both an analysis of what exists and a set of practical guidelines for further progress: the creation, for example, of a true internal market (that could compete with the U.S. and Japan) and the strengthening of the European component of defense, which would still and for various reasons need an American presence. He envisions in the future a still expanding European Community that would always remain a beneficent complement to and not a substitute for the individual states. A marvelously readable account of one of the great postwar achievements-for all its deficiencies.

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