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Celebrating Europe Day - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity (Robert Schuman, 9th May, 1950).

This month, building on our support for the Ukraine Emergency Appeal in April, we are pleased to support Europe Day on 9th May, the European Union’s annual celebration of continental unity. The day also commemorates the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, a key event in the creation of a united Europe. This year, Europe Day focuses on the theme of ‘Europe in the World’. The recent tragedies in the Mediterranean have once more brought the hazardous risks that migrants take to reach European shores to light, reopening the question of what a united Europe can do to stimulate development and growth in Africa – the resolution of which Schuman himself named as an essential task.


Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date itself marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman declaration’. At a speech in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.

On Saturday 9th May, the European Institutions will open their doors to the general public and invite them to celebrate Europe Day and to mark the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

Thousands of people will celebrate the day as they take part in lectures, debates, film festivals and other activities for all ages which are organised across the globe. Find out what events are taking place near you by clicking here.

To mark Europe Day and the 65th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles on Europe and the provision of aid towards Africa. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Aid to developing countries started well before World War II, but was undertaken as an ad hoc activity or was delivered by private organizations. This changed after the War. In his Inaugural Address in 1949, the American President, Harry Truman, announced a “bold new programme for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped nations”. At the time, it was thought that this support would be needed only for a limited number of years, but reality proved to be different. Since the Fifties, the form of aid has changed from projects to programmes and budget support. Describing the different aid forms of the last 65 years and analysing why aid changed from time to time are the subjects of this book. Professionals and students will benefit from studying this history.

The central aim of this book is to define the approach of EU development policy regarding Africa since the end of the Cold War. It focuses on its impact on the domain of international development and the objective of the EU to become a prominent international actor. It argues that EU development policy is currently a general projection of the normative structure of international development, specifically regarding the policy orientation of its identified agents. As a result, the book contends that the EU fell short in its efforts to export its form of ‘paradise’ to Africa since the end of the Cold War, as a corollary of its limitations to stand as a distinct and leading actor in the domain of international development.

This title looks at the causes and consequences of the crisis in the Eurozone, with a special emphasis on the implications of new European Monetary Union members, and those countries that are not yet members. The contributors investigate the question of whether Europe can resume its role as a growth and convergence engine, and issues including growth, macro-stabilization, and employment come to the fore. Thought-provoking questions are asked, such as how we can change the EU budget to make it more effective, and whether Europe can learn the lessons from the two lost decades in Japan. This is an invaluable collection, particularly for readers with an interest in the political economy of crisis and reform in Europe, though researchers and decision-makers in the political and corporate worlds will also benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the papers

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EUROPE15 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May, 2015.

To find out more about Europe Day, please click here.

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