About John McCormick

John McCormick

John McCormick is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University in the United States.

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This is a site designed to encourage discussion about the benefits and advantages of the European Union, and to help students using my textbooks on the EU.

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The EU is more than the euro

Today’s fascination with the euro zone crisis has had the gravitational effect of a black hole, drawing attention away from everything else that is being done in the cause of European integration. We hear almost nothing any more about the single market, social policy, European efforts on the environmental front, and progress on the common foreign and security policy. True, if the euro fails it will be a massive body blow to the entire European project, but let’s not forget how much has been achieved even without the euro, and whatever happens to it, we need to do everything we can to sustain the benefits that have come from the free movement of people, money, goods and services within the EU. And in spite of the seeming inability of euro zone leaders to get on top of the problems of the single currency (how many more “make or break” summits are they going to be hold while also keeping a straight face?) let’s remember that the number of Europeans who have positive views about the EU, feel that their country has benefited from membership, and think of the euro as a good idea continues (at least for now) to be greater than the number who do not.

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