The European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies – Second Printing
Edited By Jonathan Zeitlin and Philippe Pochet
Foreword It is obvious that the European Union today faces great challenges. The most apparent is certainly the recent enlargement and transition from EU 15 to EU 25 - which might become EU 28 in a not too distant future. To integrate the new countries into the Union is a task of great historical significance, which will have far-reaching effects not only upon the European polity and economy but also on world history. Most certainly, enlargement will have economic, social, political and cultural consequences, whose significance and content we can hardly grasp at present. Among the most important issues that we presently need to face is how an enlarged European Union shall be governed in the future. Both from experience and from new theoretical insights from the social sciences we know that good governance and robust institutions are crucial in order to achieve not only political stability but also economic development, growth and welfare. Therefore, it is necessary that a new Constitution for the European Union should be inaugurated as soon as possible which can find legitimacy among European citizens and thus contribute both to political stability and sustainable growth. For these purposes the present compromise launched in Nice 2000 is certainly inadequate in a longer time perspective. Europe is also since Lisbon 2000 committed to a strategy of eco- nomic modernisation whose aim is to create stable growth and full employment. The kernel of this strategy is to develop the European eco- nomy into a knowledge-based economy by the...
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