2011 was a year marked by some key progress in European integration: new moves towards Treaty revision, new rules for economic and budgetary coordination, and a more evident role of the EU in national policymaking. In parallel, the destabilisation of the euro zone progressed: the long-term effects of the Greek crisis have not been tackled by European policymakers, while tension shifted from the EU periphery to the very core of the euro zone. Most Member States pursued punitive austerity measures. All these trends undoubtedly represent worrying signs for the future of the European Social Model. The European Union is therefore dealing with crucial questions about its future sustainability: the fate of the euro is in jeopardy, as is the very meaning of the European integration project. A new compromise is needed between economic competitiveness and social solidarity. Otherwise, the risk will be an increase in public disaffection towards Europe and reciprocal accusations of egoism and lack of strategic views among the Member States. This 2011 edition of Social developments in the European Union examines the ways in which the EU has changed in this turbulent phase. Institutional innovations were paralleled by new economic governance tools and further reinforcement of the austerity paradigm. Beyond economic governance, this volume sheds light on the state of European social dialogue, the role of structural funds, the fate of the social dimension of Europe 2020, and the activities of the European Court of Justice. Analysis of the EU level is complemented by a critical review of national reforms, especially in the case of health care.

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Chapter 1: Giuliano Amato and Yves Mény (with Cécile Barbier and David Natali) Is the EU becoming more like the UN? Paradoxes around EU institutional developments in 2011 and risks for future integration

Chapter 2: Patrick Diamond and Roger Liddle ‘Step by step’: the EU and Eurozone’s fitful search for better economic governance through the aftershocks of the financial crisis

Chapter 3: Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet Worrying trends in the new European governance

Chapter 4: Marjorie Jouen Cohesion policy and the role played by structural funds in austerity

Chapter 5: Christophe Degryse and Stefan Clauwaert Taking stock of European social dialogue: will it fade away or be transformed?

Chapter 6: Ramón Peña-Casas Europe 2020 and the fight against poverty and social exclusion: fooled into marriage?

Chapter 7: Rita Baeten and Sarah Thomson Health care policies: European debate and national reforms

Chapter 8: Dalila Ghailani Römer, Casteels, Prigge: overview of a number of judgments delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2011

Chapter 9: David Natali Future prospects – Has the European Social Model really ‘gone’?

Cécile Barbier Chronology 2011 – Key events in European social policy

Foreword by D. Natali and B. Vanhercke

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