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(p. 182) 11. The EU in Crisis (2009–) 

(p. 182) 11. The EU in Crisis (2009–)
(p. 182) 11. The EU in Crisis (2009–)

Ian Bache

, Simon Bulmer

, Stephen George

, and Owen Parker

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date: 09 July 2020

This chapter examines the eurozone crisis that dominated the period after the Lisbon Treaty was adopted in 2009 and the challenges it presented for European institutions. It shows that the eurozone crisis affected European Union member states in starkly diffrent ways and that acute disagreements emerged over the appropriate reform agenda, particularly between ‘debtor’ and ‘creditor’ countries. The chapter first provides an overview of how the eurozone crisis unfolded before discussing the politics of the crisis and how it led to the increased relevance of intergovernmentalism within the EU, along with national government power in the crisis context. It then considers other developments during this period, including elections to the European Parliament, a further enlargement to include Croatia in 2013, and the launch of ‘Europe 2020’ strategy. It also looks at the United Kingdom’s adoption of a series of measures that raised doubts about its future relationship with the EU.

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