A Dictionary of the European Union by Lee McGowan, David Phinnemore

By Lee McGowan, David Phinnemore

Delivering concise definitions and factors on all points of the ecu Union, this new version additionally contains info of the 10 states which grew to become complete contributors of the ecu Union in may possibly 2004. The dictionary: * includes over 1,000 entries * explains the terminology surrounding the ecu and descriptions the jobs and importance of the associations, member international locations, programmes and guidelines, treaties and personalities * bargains transparent and succinct definitions * spells out acronyms and abbreviations.

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Berlusconi’s reputation and authority as an international statesman were questioned from the outset of the Italian presidency as he made a number of gaffes (in relation to both Germany and Russia) and he did not escape criticism when the 15 Member States and the 10 candidate states failed to reach an agreement on a constitutional treaty for the EU. Indeed, some were quick to lambast his style of negotiation and claimed that he was responsibile for one of the least prepared European Council meetings in recent EU history.

Finally, Brussels has also been the home of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since 1967. The concentration of EC institutions in the city has meant that the name ‘Brussels’ has often been used as a term to describe the EC and their decision-making bodies. Suggestions have been made that Brussels, as it functions in many ways as a capitalelect of the EU, should be given a special status similar to that accorded to Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) or Washington (District of Columbia, USA).

His popularity has declined more recently, however, owing to the trial of his protégé and former Prime Minister, Alain Juppé. Juppé was found guilty of allowing party employees from Chirac’s Rassemblement pour la République to be placed on the payroll of Paris City Hall when Chirac was mayor (1976–95) and Juppé was its finance director. Juppé received an 18-month suspended sentence and was banned from holding public office for 10 years. Chirac has stood loyally behind Juppé, but some have begun to question his own involvement in the affair.

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