The European Union at the Crossroads

The EU’s Institutional Evolution from the Schuman Plan to the European Convention

by Youri Devuyst (Author)
Textbook 199 Pages


This study provides an account of the EU’s institutional evolution. It identifies the enduring features and tensions in the EU’s polity, notably against the backdrop of the Community method of the 1950s. The author analyses the milestones in the European integration process such as the Single European Act and the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice and examines their impact on the crucial stages in the EU’s decision-making process. Special attention goes to the institutional debates on the EU’s attempt to speak with a single voice in world affairs. In the context of the EU’s impending enlargement and the ongoing Convention on the future of the EU, this book focuses on the complexities of the EU and its future.


ISBN (Book)
Treaty of Maastricht Community method Single European Act Treaty of Amsterdam Treaty of Nice European Institutions European Union
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002, 2003, 2004. 199 pp.

Biographical notes

Youri Devuyst (Author)

The Author: Professor Youri Devuyst teaches Politics and Institutions of the European Union at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels). He has served in the Cabinet of European Commissioner Karel Van Miert and of three Belgian Ministers of Foreign Affairs.


Title: The European Union at the Crossroads