As the European Union gets ready to take in new members, What Kind of Europe? pinpoints the crucial issues which will shape its future as a regional, economic and political entity. In this book Loukas Tsoukalis writes for any reader interested in the key democratic choices facing Europe’s citizens. European integration is not a politically neutral process. There are key democratic choices to be made about trade-offs between efficiency, equity, and stability; productivity and a cleaner environment; integration and diversity; rule by experts and elected representatives in the management of the single market and the euro; the degree and kind of solidarity across boundaries; the geographical limits of Europe’s fledgling common identity; the export of peace and stability to the near abroad and beyond; and the defence of common values and interests in a world where the ascendancy of markets and the highly unequal distribution of political power increasingly challenge those features that still make Europe distinct from other regions of the world.