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Richard Corbett

The Progressive Potential of the EU

What the EU is, why it matters, how it works, and how the centre-left can use it and reform it


148 Seiten
12,00 Euro
ISBN 978-3-8012-3101-9

Erscheinungstermin: Juni 2022

What the EU is, why it matters and how it works, and how the centre-left can use and reform it - the first volume of the new FEPS Primers series offers readers exactly what the title promises: a comprehensive look at the history of the EU, its main policies, institutions, functioning and decision-making structures. It takes a look at areas worthy of reform, lists important centre-left figures in the EU's founding and development, and the most important terms of EU jargon.

»A great read that answers any question you might have on the European Union and our responsibility as progressives.«
Gabriele Bischoff (Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group)

»Required reading for all those who are interested in a centre-left perspective on where the European Union could be headed in the future.«
András Bíró-Nagy (Political scientist, Director of Policy Solutions, Hungary)

Richard Corbett

was a Member of the European Parliament from 1996 – 2009 and 2014–20. During that period, he was for ten years the Coordinator for the S&D Group on constitutional questions. He was the European Parliament’s co-rapporteur on the Constitutional Treaty and on the Lisbon Treaty. He was the UK Labour Party’s leader in the European Parliament and in that capacity was a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee and Shadow Cabinet. From 2010–14 he was senior advisor on constitutional questions to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. Prior to becoming an MEP, he worked with Altiero Spinelli on Parliament’s proposal for a Treaty on European Union. He later drafted proposals incorporated in the Maastricht and Amsterdam treaties, not least the first draft of what is now the EU’s Ordinary Legislative Procedure (co-decision procedure) which gives the European Parliament an equal say with the Council on legislation. He has several times been the rapporteur on rewriting the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. He has written extensively on European affairs, including several academic textbooks, and was a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.