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Moral Issues in International Affairs: Problems of European Integration
Moral Issues in International Affairs: Problems of European Integration
Edited by Bill McSweeney
St. Martin's Press, 1998, 265 pp

Students of the EU are increasingly turning their attention to its global role. This volume discusses ethics, namely peace and justice within the EU and on the global stage, and analyzes the EU as an actor in world politics. The ethical probe sharply criticizes EU members' arms export policies and the failures of the EU role in overseas development. The analytic part includes a critique of NATO enlargement and a discussion of the compatibility of neutrality with membership in the EU. The most dazzling essay in the volume is Joseph Weiler's "Ideas and Idolatry in the European Construct." A champion of supranationalism (as opposed to a more centralized view of European unity), Weiler laments the disappearance of what he terms "original foundational values" in recent years, mourning that "Europe has become an end in itself -- no longer a means for higher human ends." He calls for a European construct that "allows for a European civic, value-driven demos coexisting side by side with a national organic-cultural one." Altogether, a thought-provoking, albeit fragmentary, volume.