New books added to the Library collection – April 2016

The Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a varied selection of new books. While we believe they are all worth reading, in view of people’s time constraints we decided to provide you with this sneak preview.

In the ‘Report on the state of the European Union‘ you can find out what the EU needs to do so that it is no longer crisis-driven. The authors hold the view that Europe has never seen a time without crisis and that it is possible to turn that tide.

The word ‘crisis’ appears in the titles of two other books: ‘EU crisis and the role of the periphery‘ focuses on specific countries in Southern Europe, the Balkans and Eastern Europe; ‘Britain and the crisis of the European Union‘ raises the issue of how a deepening crisis in the British political system has put the European project on the agenda.

‘Is the Juncker Commission the last chance for Europe?’ (‘De Commissie-Juncker: laatste kans voor Europa?’). This question sums up the theme of a book directed at those of us who read Dutch. The book analyses Jean-Claude Juncker’s political approach as President of the European Commission. The Commission itself is also the main subject of another new acquisition, which features the political biographies of the first eleven European Commission Presidents – from Walter Hallstein (1958-1967) to José Manuel Barroso (2004-2014). One question asked is whether the post of President of the European Commission is an impossible job. You can only find out the answer by reading the book!

For those readers of Polish who would prefer some lighter reading, we suggest ‘Alfabet brukselski‘. This book is a repository of valuable information about life in Brussels, and about where people meet, what they eat and what they talk about.

Another topic covered by the latest acquisitions is the 30th anniversary of Spain’s membership of what was then the European Community. We would recommend the Spanish publication ‘Treinta años de España en la Unión europea : El camino de un proyecto histórico‘.

Last but not least, and in view of the recent tragic events in a number of EU Member States, the Library would suggest the book: ‘Islamist terrorism in Europe: a history‘. This publication outlines the rise of jihadist militancy in Europe and provides background to provide insight into the current and future threat.

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