The European Union, Europe and the Challenges of the 21 st Century
This volume contributes to the debate about the changing face of Europe and the way it works, not just internally, but also with the rest of the world. It first explores the merits of fostering inclusive multicultural citizenship and religious pluralism in Europe, the necessity of reinventing the EU from below, and the urgency of addressing EU internal migration problems. It then examines the new role of the EU in world politics and how other countries view it in terms of hard and soft power. Can the EU inspire by its development aid, conflict prevention, social and audiovisual policies? How efficient is it in exporting security to the rest of the world? The final chapters deal with the EU in the Asia Pacific region.
Acknowledgements The project that led to this volume grew out of a conference organ- ised jointly by the Monash European and EU Centre and the Austral- asian Centre for Italian Studies in 2007. We benefited from the generos- ity and support of the French Embassy to Australia through the Alliance fran9aise de Melbourne, the Delegation of the European Commission to Australia, the Grollo Ruzzene Foundation and the Cassamarca Founda- tion. This book is funded by both Monash University and the European Commission of the European Union (DG Relex). 1 would also like to thank the Deputy Director of the Monash European and EU Centre, Natalie J. Doyle, who did much of the initial work in getting this confer- ence off the ground, as well as the conference organizing committee, including professors from the Faculties of Arts, Business and Econom- ics and Law at Monash University. My warmest thanks go to the Administrator of the Monash European and EU Centre, Amanda Crichton, for her devotion and hard work in preparing the conference and to all the students who gave generously of their time to help us. A special "thank you" also to Alfonso Martinez Arranz for having done much of the earlier editing for this book. Fi- nally, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my husband, Cormac McMahon, for his excellent work in preparing the final manuscript, and to my children for their patience and forbearance. Pascaline Winand Melbourne 13
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