Approaches to European Integration: History and Practice
Produce 2,000 word essay.
The first essay should be one of the following questions:
1. What was the significance of interwar ideas of European unity to the development of supranational European integration?
2. Why did the Treaty of Paris and Treaty of Rome negotiations succeed?
3. The success of supranational European integration in the 1950s and 1960s owes more to transnational, rather than national, explanations. Discuss.
4. Did the British forsake the leadership of Europe in the 1950s?
5. In applying for membership of the EEC in 1961, 1967 and 1970, the British were motivated primarily by politics rather than economics. Discuss.
6. De Gaulle’s policy towards the European Community from 1959-69 was more to do with economics than politics. Discuss.
7. What was the role of the United States in prompting the course of European integration between 1945 and 1973?
8. ‘The development of the European Community was thwarted by the French in the 1960s and Britain in the 1970s’. Do you agree?
9. Why was the Common Agricultural Policy so important to the development of the EEC?
10. What was the significance of the 1970s to the development of European integration?
11. Why has there not been a European Political Union? Discuss the period from 1955 to 1992.
12. Why was the 1986 Single European Act so controversial, and what was its significance?
13. What was the influence of the European Commission, and European Commissioners, in the 1980s development of the EEC?
14. Do political or economic factors better explain the successful negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992?
15. What role have ECJ decisions played in furthering the integration process?