Guy Verhofstadt / Guy Verhofstadt – Europe’s Last Chance

Guy Verhofstadt – Europe’s Last Chance

Guy Verhofstadt – Europe’s Last Chance

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  • Basic Books (World English)
  • Plon/Marque Belge (France)
  • Editura Comunicare (Romania)
  • Papadopoulos (Greece)
  • Tyto Alba (Lithuania)


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About the book

Europe’s Last Chance is a no-holds-barred report on a once ambitious European project that has degenerated into an institutional quagmire. It includes a multitude of political anecdotes and personal stories that take the reader behind the scenes.

Europe still imagines itself to be the moral centre of the world, yet our foreign policy is conspicuous for its cowardice, the Mediterranean is developing into a migrants’ graveyard and we have yet to succeed in overcoming the economic crisis. The world looks at us with pity. ‘Piecemeal small-mindedness, in 28 national iterations,’ sneered The New York Times.

Guy Verhofstadt sees a solution in a big leap forward in European integration. It need not result in the creation of a superstate, but it does need to produce a more efficient and democratic Europe. He returns to the wise words of Europe’s founding fathers, brushing off and touching up the forgotten. European constitution of 1952.

Verhofstadt’s point is fundamental: Europe has globalized everything, except for politics. If governments don’t put this right, Europe is lost. This book is politically essential. *** - NRC Handelsblad

Sharp analysis. An illuminating history lesson. - Nederlands Dagblad

The sacred fire of a United States of Europe burns as fiercely in Verhofstadt as it ever did, as his latest book makes clear. - Humo

Instead of the small steps approach – typical of German chancellor Angela Merkel – the Belgian liberal advocates a great leap forward. To keep their footing amid worldwide globalization, European leaders must work towards the dream of the founding fathers: a European federation. - de Standaard


From 1999 to 2008, Guy Verhofstadt (b. 1953) was prime minister of Belgium. He is now a member of the European Parliament, where he leads the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (alde). In 2005 he wrote Verenigde Staten van Europa (The United States of Europe), which was translated into twelve languages and awarded the inaugural European Book Prize in 2007. In 2009 it was followed by the publication of both his political essay A New Age of Empires and his book De weg uit de crisis (The Way out of the Crisis), in which he analyses the economic crisis and formulates a concrete solution. In 2012, along with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, he published the political pamphlet Voor Europa! (For Europe!). His latest work De ziekte van Europa (Europe’s Disease and the Rediscovery of the Ideal) is an accute analysis of the (dis)functioning of the EU and a passionate plea for change. De ziekte van Europa will be published in English, French, Romanian and Greek.

© Filip Claus

Additional book information

  • political non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789023498100
  • Number of pages: 286
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij (except world English translation rights)
  • Price: € 24,90