New books added to the Library collection – July 2016

Summer is a perfect time for reading, so we would like to invite you to explore what’s new in the Library this July. As usual, there is a lot to pick and choose from.

The New Books List for July is out now. The document contains links that will lead you to each book’s record in our catalogue. Come, visit us and borrow to your heart’s content :).

nbl716Our top picks are three books on EU politics: ‘European Union politics’, a book by the well-known publishing house Oxford University Press, provides an overview of EU theories, institutions, policies and issues; if you are in search of a new vantage point from which to analyse EU foreign policy, reach for the title ‘The formulation of EU foreign policy’; ‘Democratising Europe’ which focuses on delivering a renewed portrait of EU government stressing the enduring leading role of independent powers: the European Court, Commission and Central Bank.

Based on the principle of multilingualism, we have included several perspectives in various EU languages. For example, we have featured a book written in Dutch by First Vice-Commissioner, Frans Timmermans, who reflects on the notion of brotherhood or Broederschap. The Polish offering ‘Ochrona danych osobowych we współpracy państw członkowskich UE w zwalczaniu przestępczości : W stronę standardu europejskiego’ is a close-up of private data protection in the context of EU cooperation in tackling cross-border terrorism and crime. For French-speaking readers, we offer Le couple franco-allemand et le projet européen’, a book assessing the relationship between France and Germany from various vantage points.

A more leisurely experience can be derived from reading ’50 leaders who changed history’. From Alexander the Great to Nelson Mandela, the book examines the key qualities that empowered 50 of history’s most charismatic leaders in the fields of politics, religion, culture and the arts.

Rounding up our selection, four books cover conflict areas such as Crimea and the Artic. ‘Crimea: a history’ by Neil Kent recounts the history of Crimea over three millennia, whereas ‘Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine’ touches upon the most recent events, which began in February 2014. The latter concentrates on Russian motivations and intentions. Two last positions, ‘Contesting the Arctic : politics and imaginaries in the circumpolar north’ and ‘Arctic security in an age of climate change’, examine the situation of the Arctic and how the promise of new sources of mineral wealth and energy, and new transportation routes has triggered the expansion of various stakeholders’ interests, from both within and beyond the region.

  • The Library is open to all staff of the Council of the European Union and the European Council, trainees, Permanent Representations of Member States, staff of other EU Institutions and bodies, as well as to researchers and students (upon appointment by e-mail at library@consilium.europa.eu). Access to some Library holdings might be restricted to on-site consultation.

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