Written by Former Members

“Universal sustainability: Metaeconomic issues” by Antanas Buracas, Aleksandras Vytautas Rutkauskas and Margarita Starkeviciute , Generis, 2021

The book is dedicated to the universal sustainability approach under UN initiative outlining the World in 2050 policy tasks. The transfer within half a century from Peccei‘s green sustainability notion to universal sustainability concept was of substantial metatheoretical importance and influenced wide metaeconomic multicriterial researches.

“José María Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado. His contribution to European thought and construction on the occasion of its eighty-fifth anniversary” by Francisco Aldecoa, Marcel Pons, 2021

The European Movement has promoted the elaboration of this liber amicorum in honour of José María Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado, on the occasion of the eighty-fifth anniversary of his birth, due to the fact that his life has been linked to the European Movement since his youth and since the “Munich Contubernium” through his father, and later in the Spanish Association for European Cooperation (AECE), and later, since CFEME moved to Madrid once the Spanish Constitution was approved, he has always been linked to it, even when he was President of the European Parliament, where he defended our common project.

“Islam and Democracy. Voices of Muslims Among Us” by Amédée Turner and Davide Tacchini, Mimesis International, 2020

During the last six years, a team of scholars, researchers and religious leaders in Europe and the USA worked tirelessly, organising over seventy discussion groups that included members of the local Muslim communities. This volume presents for the first time the result of their work, developed in collaboration with the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. All discussions were designed to explore different views, rather than to reach a common position. The overall aim of the project is to provide a window on the rich and diverse world of “Western Islam”, by connecting directly with the everyday life of Muslim citizens in Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United States and Canada.

“Walking the COVID Tightrope: There is always hope in the end” by Marion Verweij and Bodil Valero, Independently Published, 2020

“In the midst of all the mess we’ve lived through we realised that we’re all feeling it differently. Corona is not only statistics. It’s about ordinary people. So we have gathered a story about young, middle aged and old people, from small apartments or the countryside, in war or conflict, under occupation, from health care and affected persons, migrant workers, undocumented, asylum seekers. A bit of everything and from all continents. Some of them are anonymous, and from some countries they didn’t dare even to write anonymously. The stories are written describing the first 9 month of lockdown.”

Bodil Valero
Greens/EFA, Sweden (2014-2019)

“ In praise of the Assembly, however (Elogio dell'Assemblea, tuttavia) ” by Andrea Manzella, Mucchi, 2020

“This incisive booklet – written in the midst of a pandemic, while governments are following one another in adopting regulations that are causing <a significant problem of democratic quality> – is an intense warning to the political world to restore the strength and centrality of parliaments: “leaving the old rooms”, facing challenges, innovating in tune with the European Union. The horizon outlined is that of giving a breath of fresh air and a soul to a struggling democracy. It is precisely in the vitality of the parliamentary assemblies that democracy can find its regenerative strength.”

Gerardo Bianco
EPP, Italy (1994-1999)

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"A European conscience: Hans-Gert Pöttering - Biography" By Michael Gehler and Marcus Gonscher, published by Verlag Herder, 2020

“We all have questions about what is happening in our world, about the great achievements such as the founding of the European Union, as well as about the many challenges that arise internally and externally. This is where Hans-Gert Pöttering provides individual answers. These are not just the small steps of a convinced European, but a great understanding and knowledge of the need for a united Europe based on solidarity.”

Brigitte Langenhagen
EPP-ED, Germany (1990-2004)

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"L'Europe : l'être ou le néant ?" by Jean-Paul Benoit and Michel Desmoulin, published by PML, 2019

“L’Europe, l’être ou le néant. A title with Sartrian echoes, but with a Camusian background. A book that is more along the lines of the federalism advocated by Camus in 1945 than of Sartre’s social revolution. Its content: a dialogue between two French and European citizens: on the one hand, my friend Jean Paul Benoit, who lived and collaborated with me during my Presidency of the European Parliament, has a decisive moment in our history – the period from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the transition to the European Union with the Maastricht Treaty. On the other hand, Michel Desmoulin, whom I got to know by reading his commitment and his testimony. From the outset, it is an interesting book to read because it is a Socratic dialogue between two long-time European activists, who express themselves from their experience as architects and masons of this great and noble cause”.

Enrique Baròn Crespo
PES, Spain (1986-2009)

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"Il Parlamento europeo: Una introduzione" by Nicola Lupo and Andrea Manzella, published by Luiss Press, 2019

In June 1979, with the direct election of its Parliament, the community of European states became democratically ‘adult’. For the first time in the world, an international organisation became an ‘order’, establishing an immediate link with the citizens who elected it. For too long, however, the elections to the European Parliament have been regarded as an event of secondary importance: a kind of thermometer to measure the political temperature ‘at home’. Today this is no longer the case: the Union’s Parliament has become the decisive battleground between supporters and opponents of European integration. And the public debate on its political choices is heated in every member state. That is why, 40 years later, it is useful as well as necessary to take stock of an unprecedented parliamentary experience.

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"BREXIT - Der Binnenmarkt im Rückwärtsgang" by Karl von Wogau, 2019

“In this book I try to show how many decisions were necessary in various fields to create the Europe of open borders. From this, one can draw conclusions about the political energy and time that will be necessary for one of the member states to unwind the single market backwards. In the current situation of the upcoming Brexit, it is necessary to create a coherent concept for the future of the European Union. In my view, we need to turn Europe from its head to its feet. For this, we need a three-speed Europe. The European Single Market, which should also be open to the European Union’s neighbours, the Eurozone, whose membership must be made subject to strict conditions, and a “real” European Army, which should be financed from the European Union’s budget.”

Karl von Wogau
EPP, Germany (1979-2009)

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"Taking On The Men: The First Women Parliamentary Candidates 1918" by David J. A. Hallam, Brewin Books, 2018

The first General Election after British women won the right to vote in 1918 was almost an entirely male affair. It was held immediately after the Armistice which ended the First World War. With just days to spare before the old Parliament dissolved, legislation was rushed through that also enabled female candidates to stand. Women scrambled to be nominated, but only 17 were able to get their names on a ballot paper. Ranged against them were all the forces of tradition and rigid conservatism, determined that women candidates should fail.

“Talking to North Korea: Ending the Nuclear Standoff” by Glyn Ford, published by Pluto Press, 2018.

“This is a serious and well-researched book. Glyn Ford, a former leader of British Labour MEPs, has put his experience from over fifty visits to the DPRK (North Korea) to good use in an update to his 2008 book “North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival”

Anita Pollack
PES, United Kingdom (1989-1999)

“The European Union: How Does It Work?” by Richard Corbett, Daniel Kenealy and John Peterson, published by Oxford University Press, 2018.

It is the perfect concise introduction to the European Union for those beginning to study the subject.

"Mein Leben als Frau in der Politik: Autobiographie" by Astrid Lulling, published by Editions Schortgen, 2018

Astrid Lulling, born to a labours family in Schifflingen, is a living legend. From 1949 onwards, she experienced as young labour unionist the foundation of the European Coal and Steal Community. As socialist parliamentarian after 1965 she fought for the equality between men and women in the European Parliament and the Chamber. In 1970 she was elected the first female mayor in a local community in Luxembourg. Astrid Lulling was the figurehead of the Socialist party until 1982 before Pierre Werner was winning her over for the Christian- Democratic party. She was loved, hated, and experienced ups and downs during her political career. Despite the hostilities, she was one of the most popular politicians until her resignation in 2014. The Bar at the European Parliament in Brussels is named after her: “Astrid Lulling Lounge”. In this book she wrote down her memories…with a twinkle in the eye.

This book is available through www.editions-schortgen.lu

“All the Qur'an in 100 pages: By a non-Muslim for non-Muslims” by Amédée Turner, Independently published, 2017

Everything in the Qur’an is explained and put in the context of the modern and ancient world, especially the relationship between Islam and the West. The descriptions are illustrated and underpinned with 400 of the most telling quotations from the Qur’an. Includes a special study of the relationship between ISI and the provisions of the Qur’an. Everything that is actually and undeniably in the Qur’an is incontestable in Islam. All other Islamic writings are debatable.

“Tu n'as pas rêvé” by Jacqueline Grand, published by Zinedi, 2017

In Marseilles, against a backdrop of amorous passions and blood crimes, the beautiful and mysterious Lydie is a forensic doctor. Her fiancé and two of her friends receive anonymous letters informing them of their impending death in reprisal for an act they allegedly committed ten years earlier. Will the investigation led by Commissioner Gastaud save them? Will it allow the author of these letters to be arrested in time and prove their innocence? In a race against time and death, the various characters will be confronted with small groups whose only law is the rules they have set for themselves. A visit to a secretive and mysterious Marseilles where nothing and nobody is what it seems to be.

Jacqueline Grand was born and raised in Marseille. A woman of conviction, she has lived several lives (lawyer, member of the European Parliament, etc.) and today devotes part of her time to writing. Jacqueline Grand has a taste for adventure and discovery, she has the art of cultivating mystery and secrecy.

“United for the Better: My European Way” by Hans-Gert Pöttering, published by John Harper Publishing, 2016

A widely popular and determined leader in the European Parliament, the Hans-Gert Pöttering is a staunch defender of the institutions created to give the “Community method” expression – for, as he writes, quoting Jean Monnet, “nothing is possible without men, but nothing is lasting without institutions”. At this point of danger of European fragmentation, United for the Better is a timely reminder of all that has been achieved and the perils of forgetting our common history.The book’s title comes from the words of the Berlin Declaration of 25 March 2007: “We, the citizens of the European Union, have united for the better”.

‘Verklempt’ by Peter Sichrovsky, published by DoppelHouse Press, 2016

‘Verklempt’, Yiddish slang, means ‘choked with emotion.’ In his latest collection of stories, internationally best-selling author Peter Sichrovsky aggressively dismantles post-Holocaust Jewish identity. These are love stories where love is a bitter pill, a joke, a missed chance at happiness, a secret, a ghost, or a longing to be with a person one cannot even remember. Sichrovsky writes without embellishment, spare outlines of characters that feel familiar, and infuses them with dark humor and tragedy. With characteristic inquisitiveness and provocation, Sichrovsky delivers a delightful collection that entertains and inspires us to tears, laughter, revelations. Darkly humorous, absurd, sometimes tragic and erotic. Foreword by award-winning playwright Ari Roth.

“The Greatest Show on Earth: Behind the Microphone at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo” by Alasdair Hutton, published by Luath Press, 2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth. Around 220,000 people attend each year and it is viewed on TV by 100 million. This book is the story of the Tattoo, narrated by Alasdair Hutton and prefaced by a short history of tattoos pre-Edinburgh and a history of the Tattoo pre-Alasdair. With an ever-changing cast of over 1,000 performers, each year’s show is unique. Some elements remain unchanged, such as the spine-tingling Lone Piper playing on the Castle ramparts, the cacophony of sound that is the closing massed pipes and drums, and the welcoming voice of Alasdair Hutton.

"Our Europe, Not Theirs" by Julian Priestley and Glyn Ford (Eds), published by Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, 2016.

A no vote in the referendum would be disastrous not only for the left, but for the country as a whole and for European politics. The editors argue, in the new introductory chapter to this 2nd edition., that the success of the left in Britain depends on successfully working with its European counterparts to shift the political balance in the EU. Contributors argue that the UK left should work with other European progressives to create a programme for economic, social and ecological renewal for Europe in the world. They also offer a radical agenda for change and reform in Europe. They discuss austerity’s throttling of Europe’s growth prospects; suggest how to respond to the return of poverty and rampant inequalities; and how to challenge unaccountable corporate power. They also engage critically with Europe’s environmental policies, which have been long on promise and short on delivery; its short-sighted immigration management; and its sacrifice of fair trade in the name of an ideological commitment to unbridled globalisation.

"The European Parliament " by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs and Darren Neville, published by John Harper Publishing, 2016.

First published in 1990, for more than a quarter-century this has been the premier textbook on the European Parliament. This new 9th edition – the first for five years – has been fully updated and expanded, including all the familiar features and all recent significant developments. The book systematically and clearly covers every aspect of how the Parliament is elected, its internal structures and procedures, its powers and how it relates to the other EU institutions. It is written by insiders with vast accumulated experience of how the Parliament really works, with extra input from dozens of specialists within the Parliament. “An invaluable guide to the institution’s history, power and politics.” (Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament)”Explains with utmost clarity how it all works. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in or dealing with the European Parliament.” (Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission)”This book is the authoritative guide to the European Parliament.” (Donald Tusk, President of the European Council)

“Start up Europe” by Zofia Mazej Kuković, self-released, 2016

“Ms. Zofija Kuković offers a comprehensive account of her activities during her mandate in the book “START UP EUROPE”. The book is also of use to present and future MEPs, especially for those that wish to pursue work in the fields that Ms. Kuković has specialised in.”

Maria da Graça Carvalho
EPP, Portugal (2009-2014)

“New Labour in Europe: Leadership and Lost Opportunities" by Anita Pollack, John Harper Publishing, 2016

Once again with a Foreword by Neil Kinnock this book covers the period from the election of Tony Blair’s government in the UK in 1997, to 2010. It looks briefly at the twenty years prior to that and in an Afterword looks briefly at 2010 to 2015. It analyses the failure to inform and educate the British public about the merits and challenges of EU membership and relates that deficiency to the way in which the EU remained a misrepresented mystery to many. It offers insights into the attitudes towards the EU in government that at least in part paved the way to the referendum of 2016 leading to the UK’s departure from the EU in 2020. The role of Labour MEPs, by then largely in favour of the EU, is a large part of the book, which was also endorsed by Enrique Baron.

“Green Parties, Green Future. From Local Groups to the International Stage’ by Per Gahrton, published by Pluto Press, 2015

Over the past four decades the world has seen a ‘Green awakening’. Green parties have been elected to parliaments and councils all over the world, and in many cases have played a part in national and local government. A common set of Green priorities has been promoted by Green internationalisation and these parties are playing an increasing role at all levels of political decision-making. Will the Green awakening continue or will Greens be corrupted by power? What impact has Green politics had? Will Green thinking be able to compete with other ideologies in coping with the problems of the 21st century? Green Parties, Green Future analyses these issues on the basis of the experience of Green parties from all parts of the world.

“Η ΕΥΡΩΠΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΑ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΑ ΤΩΝ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΩΝ (EUROPE AND THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN)." The Europeanization in Greece & Turkey. Comparative
analysis by Anna Karamanou, published by Papazisis Publications, 2015 (Greek only)

Through a fascinating historical journey, from the 19th century to the present, the book examines and compares – in theory and in practice – the impact of the European system on nation-building and the claim of women’s rights, in two countries that did not participate. in the Renaissance and the European Enlightenment. Greece and Turkey, despite having different origins and historical relations between conqueror and conquered, have many similarities: early European orientation and pro-Western policy, pursuit of European identity, cultural dualism, centralized state, backward economic and social structures etc. However, the peaceful feminist revolution, under the beneficial influence of European values, forced the political system to recognize gender equality as a value per se and to proceed, slowly but steadily, with upheavals that strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law.

‘Politeisti & assassini (Polytheists and murderers)’ by Cristiana Muscardini, published by Ulisse Edizioni, 2015 (Italian only)

The book is dedicated to His Excellency Dr. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, Somalia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and to all the victims of terror. This book shows how dangerous the silence of the international community and also of Italy is in so many historical episodes, especially in the fight against terrorism, which requires a clear strategy, a transparency of common intentions and firm and concrete decisions. There can be no cultural or religious recognition where the universal rights of the human being are violently denied. The Western world bears a heavy responsibility for not intervening in those places in the world where the violent ‘prophets’ of hatred sow their word of death, where falsified religious dogma interpreted only to kill, oppress and sow ignorance takes the place of the law, and where freedom, democracy and human and religious respect are trampled underfoot.

“The Stormy Years of Reforms” by Margarita Starkeviciute, Vilnius, 2015 (E-book)

On March 11, 2015 Lithuania celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence, a milestone from a Soviet country on the way to a EU member State. Lithuania’s success formula can be defined in a very simple way: learning by doing. The book unveils this learning by analysing the details and it contains some articles already published in some newspapers. The book includes also the first Lithuanian market analytical data prepared by the Central Securities Depository of Lithuania, where the author led a research team.

“My Personal Story: In and Out of Europe” by Andrew Pearce, Matador publisher, 2013

This book tells the story of Andrew Pearce MEP (Member of the European Parliament), who represented half a million people living in Merseyside and Cheshire at Strasbourg for ten years. It’s a human story, a down to earth account of what the daily job of an MEP is like. When Andrew applied to be a candidate in the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, he could not have foreseen the places he would visit, the people he would meet and the actions he would be part of. Andrew had no knowledge that he’d be arrested ‘at gunpoint’ on a ferry on the Zambezi, bitten by a monkey in Sierra Leone and spend a night in a former Portuguese Army brothel in Angola. He expected to be debating with some of the big figures in European politics but could not know that they would include Barbara Castle, Ian Paisley, Pierre Pflimlin, Otto von Habsburg, French right wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and British European Commissioners including Leon Britain and Roy Jenkins. My Personal Story – In and Out of Europe is the entertaining, informative and personal recollections on the daily life of one MEP. It is a fascinating read for anyone curious about the EU and Britain’s role within it.

"Gladio, Nato's Dagger at the Heart of Europe: The Pentagon-Nazi-Mafia Terror Axis" by Richard Cottrell, Progressive Press, 2013

“The book is a kaleidoscope of incidents, most of which are apparently interconnected (according to Richard). However, there is a common background to most of them – the ‘usual suspects, are the CIA, MI5, the KGB and the Vatican. Strangely, the American Religious Right does not appear anywhere in the book! Some of the plots and sub plots described will be familiar albeit somewhat faded by the mist of time. An exception is the section on Bulgaria and the assassination in London of Georgi Markov who appears in Richard’s pages as a sort of Bulgarian James Bond with a licence to enjoy rather than kill due to the patronage of Bulgarian strongman, Todor Zivkov. The book is a good read provided you do not believe it all (or even half of it). It would not be out of place in the fiction section of any library.”

Bryan Cassidy
EPP-ED, United Kingdom (1984-1999)

"The Conservative Party and Europe" by Ben Patterson, John Harper Publishing, 2011

“Anyone interested in the evolution of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union will find this book a good guide not only in its treatment of the internal politics of the Conservative Party but also in its explanation of the historic evolution of EEC to EC and now the EU. I recommend the book to all of Ben Patterson’s British colleagues in the European Parliament irrespective of party affiliation as well as to the wide range of puzzled opinion formers outside the 4 countries of the United Kingdom.”

Bryan Cassidy
EPP-ED, United Kingdom (1984-1999)

"Memoria de cuatro Españas: República, guerra, franquismo y democracia", by Carlos Robles Piquer, Editorial Planeta, 2011

This book is the autobiography of a European who has had the good fortune to have reached the age of 85 whilst remaining reasonably lucid. It has been published in Spanish in Barcelona, by Planeta publishing house, the largest and strongest Spanish language publishing house that also publishes works in Catalan. Planeta is, in addition, one of the largest publishing houses in the world. The book spans 80 years of Spanish life and its title refers to the Second Republic (1931-36), to the terrible Civil War lasting from 1936 to 1939, which was caused by poor government during that Republic, to the long period of the Franco dictatorship which lasted until 1975, and to the democracy that fortunately we have been enjoying since then, and which is I believe inextricably linked to the Constitutional Monarchy headed with great talent by Juan Carlos I, who one day will be succeeded by his son Prince Felipe.”

Carlos Robles Piquer
EPP-ED, Spain (1986-1999)

"The European Parliament" by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs and Michael Shackleton, published by John Harper Publishing; 8th Revised edition (2011)

“The book proceeds very logically through framework, working structures, the powers of the parliament and how they are used. The first two sections have developed gradually over the years but the third section has been extensively rewritten in the light of treaty changes and the post Lisbon scenario. Of particular interest are the sections outlining how the legislative procedure works and how in detail the parliament’s powers have evolved, where they now stand and how they can be used. I suspect that many serving members and officials will be consulting this book to check up on exactly what the position is in different areas of parliament’s competences. In conclusion, an excellent read well worth buying.”

Richard Balfe
United Kingdom
PES (1979-2002), EPP-ED (2002-2004)

"Les Secrets de la prospérité. L'Economie expliquée à ma fille (2)" by André Fourcans, published by SEUIL edition, 2011

“The new book is presented as part 2 of ‘Economics explained to my daughter’. It widens horizons and abandons the question and answer format that his previous books employed. Presumably his daughter has grown up since the first book published in 1997! It also acknowledges that the world has moved on, and economics with it. For example, his new book includes sections on ecology, climatic change, living standards, development, growth and its possible limits and several others. ‘The Secrets of Prosperity’ (Les secrets de la prospérité) is a ‘good read’. It is also reassuringly sceptical about some of the fashionable doubts cast on ‘competition’ and ‘globalisation’.”

Bryan Cassidy
United Kingdom
EPP-ED, (1984-1999)

"Bonfire of Bureaucracy in Europe: Plea for a United Europe of States" by Derk Jan Eppink, published by Lannoo, 2010

“The author makes a strong plea for the cornerstone of European thinking: the internal market. This should remain the driving force behind European integration. In order not to lack behind on the world level Europe requires venture capital, innovation, enterprise and a smaller government. Not a United States of Europe, but a United Europe of States. In conclusion, a book very worth reading, written with a touch of mild irony and exaggeration. But thoroughly supported by facts and written by a politician who is well placed to give an expert view.”

Leen Van Der Waal
The Netherlands
NI (1984-1994), DEN (1994-1997)

“Wreckers or Builders?: A History of Labour Members of the European Parliament 1979-1999” by Anita Pollack, John Harper Publishing, 2009

With a Foreword by Neil Kinnock, this book traces the turbulent years of Labour MEPs during the first 20 years of the elected European Parliament. It was a time when the UK Labour Party policy on membership of the EU began by being against membership and changed in the mid 1980s to being more positive. The Labour Group was led for most of that time by veteran UK politician Barbara Castle but was at that time riven with opposing views and there were many internal battles. This is the only history of Labour MEPs during that period.

"Massimo Baldi (1927-1986). Architetto e urbanista toscano del Novecento" by Monica Baldi, Centro Di Editore Florence, 2008

Superbly illustrated with great wealth of images, the monograph on the Tuscan architect testifies to Massimo Baldi’s impressive contribution to the history of architecture and urban planning of the twentieth century. The project archive, an immense patrimony made up of projects, drawings, studies and documents, has been declared of cultural interest by the Archival Superintendency for Tuscany. His polyhedric political and professional commitment is highlighted by esteemed architects. The authoress pauses to outline his professionalism, his communicative spirit, his vitality and his strong human charge that he expressed in many ways. Of particular interest to scholars is the part relating to the archival fund deposited in the State Archives of Florence and the reproduction of about thirty projects.

“The historical memory on her father Massimo that Monica Baldi deposited, with great foresight, in the State Archives represents an important contribution to the knowledge of that history that cannot be ignored by the institutions and the ruling class of an advanced country.”

Hon Edoardo Speranza
President of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze

"The EU and it‘s Constitution. Left errors and popular misunderstandings about the Lisbon Treaty" by Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann / Jens Wolfram, Verlag Hamburg, 2008

This book was written in the midst of heated public debates on European Constitution. As AFCO-member and member of European Convention I’ve put the focus on countering the outrageous fakes circulated mainly by left wing forces.

The book starts with an overview about the European Constitutional process from the Declaration of Laeken in 2001 until the signing of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2007. It explains the European Convention in 2002/03, analyses the No-votes in France and the Netherlands in 2005 and describes the restart of the Constitutional process with the Berlin Declaration in March 2007.

The main part is written in a fictitious dialogue stile. Citing dozens of various fakes about the EU and it’s Constitution / Lisbon Treaty the authors argue by explaining Treaty provisions in detail and in easy understandable language. In his preface Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-chair of the Green group in European Parliament, underlines the importance of standing up against anti-European populism.

"Europa, o Continente Pensado (The European Continent, a subject of reflection)" by Camilo Nogueira, Editorial Galaxia, 2008

“A large part of the book is dedicated to his monitoring, in his capacity as member of Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs, of the preparation of the draft European Constitution and the vicissitudes of its ratification and its transformation – not exempt from problems or the role of chance – into the Treaty of Lisbon. Mr Nogueira believes that the new Treaty marks a step forward and opens up new prospects for the ‘nations without a state’ and their languages. All in all, this volume, which is supplemented by a collection of its author’s plenary speeches, offers an original analysis of a project as original in itself as is the European Union.”

Joan Colom I Naval
PES, Spain (1986-2004)

"There's Something About Mary" by Mary Banotti, Currach Press, 2008

“Mary Banotti has written a fascinating book about Irish politics based on interviews with 13 prominent ‘Marys’ (14 including her own interview with her former school teacher, John Flanagan). The interviewees were from across the spectrum of Irish politics. The majority were Fianna Fàil, two Fine Gael, one of whom is Mary herself, one Labour, one Green and one Sinn Féin. Interestingly, there is little in the interviews revealing the differences between the parties represented. What is striking is the similarity between the early battles of women to get elected to the Irish Dàil and the difficulties of combining a political career with the responsibilities motherhood. In short, an easy, chatty, interesting read for anyone interested in politics whether male, female or not called Mary!”

Bryan Cassidy
United Kingdom
EPP-ED (1984-1999)

"Simple philosophies for tough times“ by Zofia Mazej Kuković, self-released autobiography, 2007

The autobiography ‘Simple philosophies for tough times’ was published in 2007 by Zofija Mazej Kukovic and can be consulted on her website.

"Six Battles that Shaped Europe’s Parliament" by Julian Priestley, John Harper Publishing, 2007

“After I was selected to be a Member of the European Parliament in 1978 a colleague asked me why I wanted to go to a place that had no power. I replied that if you put 435 politicians into a parliament with nothing else to do, they would soon manage to collect themselves some power. Julian’s book shows some of the many developments which led from the relatively toothless parliament of 1979 to today’s powerful institution. Overall Julian has done an excellent job of setting out dispassionately the facts behind some of parliament’s key battles. Apart from former Members who will find this fascinating, it should be required reading for any one studying the European institutions, for academic or career linked purposes.”

Richard Balfe
United Kingdom
PES (1979-2002), EPP-ED (2002-2004)

"Histoire Secrete de La Convention Européenne“ by Alain Lamassoure, Albin Michel publisher, 2004

Europe is a new continent to discover and above all to invent. Alain Lamassoure was a “mechanical officer” within the astonishing crew of the European Convention who, for eighteen months, tried to mark out the route towards this new world. He actively participated in the manoeuvre. In frequent contact with the “pasha”, a captain named Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, between favourable trade winds and headwinds, doldrums and Sargasso, moments of hope and then of doubt, a few dozen of the best navigators on political oceans appointed by the various European countries brought the boat to a safe harbour. However, there was no shortage of trials, nor were there any conflicts of character or interest, the protagonists being José Maria Aznar, Romano Prodi, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Tony Blair or Helmut Kohl.

"The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Members and Observers of Convention report", edited by Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, Europa Union Verlag, Bonn, 2001

Without any doubt – the authors of this book are mothers and fathers of the Charta of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Most of them were members of the EP-delegation in Convention in the year 2000, representing different political groups.

Iñigo Mèndez de Vigo (EPP), Pervenche Berés (PSE), Ieke van den Burg (PSE), Jo Leinen (PSE), Andrew Duff (ELDR), Johannes Voggenhuber (Verts/ALE), Ole Krarup (GUE/NGL) and Jens-Peter Bonde (EDD) – they all outline their perspective about the work of and within Convention, describe various political controversies and point out their views about the future of the Charter. Most of the above mentioned MEPs later on were protagonist in the Constitutional process of EU and thanks also to their engagement the Charter, as the hearth of our common European values, became legally binding and part of Lisbon Treaty today.