We the Peoples of Europe

11 April 2008
Book

A more neo-liberal, anti-democratic document than the EU Constitution, rejected by the French and the Dutch may be hard to imagine, but the new reform treaty tries hard. Susan George explains what is at stake for all peoples of Europe, what must we reject and how will such a document affect our lives?

ISBN/ISSN
  • 978 0 7453 2633 7

A more neo-liberal, anti-democratic document than the EU Constitution, rejected by the French and the Dutch may be hard to imagine, but the new reform treaty tries hard. Susan George explains what is at stake for all peoples of Europe, what must we reject and how will such a document affect our lives?

Is the EU Constitution dead in the water? Although it may have disappeared from the headlines, right-wing European leaders have not given up on pushing through a binding EU text providing total freedom for goods, services and capital but few advantages for Europeans. A more neo-liberal, anti-democratic document than the one rejected by the French and the Dutch may be hard to imagine, but the new reform treaty tries hard. What do they have in store for us? What should European people be fighting for? Leading writer and alter-globalisation activist Susan George explains what is at stake for all peoples of Europe. What must we reject and how will such a document affect our lives? Who will it really empower – corporations or ordinary Europeans? What kind of future do we want to build together as Europeans? Written with clarity and authority and authority, this book will help you make up your mind.

Introduction Timeline

  1. The war on society Accumulating wealth Hatred of democracy Birth of a monster Break the power of the state The true pro-Europeans vs. the elites
  2. They voted yes, or surviving on a diet of humble pie Complexity and disinformation The "Yes" camp on the right The "Yes" camp on the "left" A few leading Socialist lights The Socialist Europ-MPs The European Trade Union Confederation The French Socialist Party brass Another prominent - and snubbed - Socialist
  3. The common good: towards and alternative Europe Plan B and the new Treaty What must we do? New directions, major reorientations The main principles Some specifics A successful alternative Europe project: teh major challenges
  4. Europe as a geopolitical power The proposals of the Economic Defense Council Power and weakness: Robert Kagan's analysis Our real needs The other fields of power
  5. The environmental challenge The facts The excellence of apes Civilisations are mortal
  6. Social insecurity The seven pillars of security The security index

Conclusion