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41VEeV-dm5LEurope Entrapped by Claus Offe (Polity Press, £16.99)

The debate in the United Kingdom about Europe is usually premised on the idea that the European Union is a centre-left project. But elsewhere in Europe, and in particular Germany, left-wing intellectuals are increasingly critical of the EU as a neo-liberal—in other words, a right-wing—project. Like Wolfgang Streeck, whose book Buying Time made waves in Germany (reviewed below), the sociologist Claus Offe sees the EU as a “liberalisation machine” that has entered a new phase since the introduction of the single currency, which undermined…

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