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What is Europe Aiming at?

Wojciech Gizicki
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  • Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lublin, Poland
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Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2013-0002

Abstract

The problems faced in the first decade of the 21st century by the integrating Europe are quite serious and require an effective action. The above is true for both economic, political and social issues. Economic dilemmas are best seen in the Economic and Monetary Union, competitiveness and economic growth. Their importance has been raised even higher by the now overwhelming global economic downturn. Political issues are invariably connected with the future vision of the European Union, and relate, among others, to the identity, security, stability and prominence of individual states. The formal empowerments of the EU remain debatable, especially when seen through the context of (non)ratification of the EU Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty. Social problems focus mainly on the demographic decline, illegal immigration, dissimilation, inequalities in life quality, etc. The EU has to be constantly guided by the demand that these difficulties are effectively surmounted.

Abstraktné

Problémy, ktorým zjednocujúca Európa čelila v prvom desaťročí 21. Storočia, sú veľmi závažné a vyžadujú si efektívne riešenia. Vyššie uvedené platí pre hospodárske, politické a sociálne problémy. Hospodárske dilemy sú najlepšie viditeľné v hospodárskej a menovej únii, otázke konkurencieschopnosti a ekonomického rastu. Ich význam ešte zdôrazňuje súčasný hospodársky pokles v globálnom merítku. Politické problémy sú vždy spojené s budúcou víziou Európskej únie a týkajú sa okrem iného identity, bezpečnosti, stability a dôležitosti jednotlivých národných štátov. Formálne splnomocnenie v EÚ zostáva diskutabilné, a to najmä pri pohľade v súvislosti s (ne)ratifikáciou Európskej ústavy a Lisabonskej zmluvy. Sociálne problémy súvisia predovšetkým s demografickým poklesom, ilegálnou imigráciou, v nerovnostiach v kvalite života. Európska únia musí reflektovať požiadavku, ako tieto problémy účinne prekonať.

Keywords: European Union; European integration; economic; political and social issues; European identity

Kľúčové slová: Európska únia; európska integrácia; hospodárske; politické a spoločenské problémy; európska identita

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About the article

Wojciech Gizicki

Wojciech Gizicki, PhD, sociologist and political scientist at Chair of International Relations, Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Jonh Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. His research practice embraces the fields of international security, European integration and cooperation within the Visegrad Group (V4). He is the author, editor or co-editor of 12 books. The main editor of Człowiek-Społeczeństwo- Państwo, social and political project, since 2010 it is published by Adam Marszałek Publishing House. He is also Founder of Instytut Sądecko-Lubelski, NGO in Poland.


Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2012-01-01



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