The end of the ever closer union
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The European integration project has been one of the success stories of the last century. The predominant Zeitgeist during this period was to advance this project by deepening mutual cooperation, encapsulated in the famous formula of an 'ever closer Union'. Brexit evidently has put an end to this concept. So are we - horrible dictu - about to witness the beginning of the end of the EU? In order to answer this complex question, this volume will analyse a number of important aspects of the looming '-exits' - be it Brexit, Grexit or Plexit. It will then try to develop a set of solutions to these problems, such as the realignment and delimitation of the EU's competences, a new normative framework for an orderly withdrawal from the Eurozone and a greater focus on the role of the regions in Europe to mention but a few.