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A Note on the Anglo-Saxon and Continental Approaches to Europe: Identical in Spirit, not in Practice

By Thierry Warin

Abstract

The purpose of this note is to propose a breakdown of the European concept into different sub-categories, based upon the different stages of the European integration process. In doing so, it is easier to understand the political differences and debate between an allegedly Anglo-Saxon approach and a Continental one. This note challenges the usual definition of the Anglo-Saxon and Continental approaches, and highlights the usual misconceptions and misunderstandings of the European economic goal.Europe, EMU, EU, Schengen Convention, Anglo-Saxon approach, Continental approach

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