The European Union (EU) has been subject to unprecedented crises and challenges in recent years. The nature of these crises and challenges, the approaches adopted in attempting to tackle them, and their implications for the operation of the EU are explored at various places throughout this book. However, an overview of them is given in this chapter so as to enable, from the very outset of the book, their features, their inter-relationships, and their significance to be understood. The recent crises and challenges are not the first to have been faced by the European Community (EC)/EU in its history of now 60 plus years – dating the start of this history to the 1952 treaty that created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC).
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