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What does the European Union mean to you? Unless you are an expert or insider, Brussels is far away, with large buildings and closed conclaves. But that anonymous European Union is in a state of revolution. In this book Marc De Vos describes how the climate crisis, the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the end of globalisation, and the new cold war with China, have made the European Union the most important political force in Europe. He shows how the mission and identity of the European Union are transforming: from a European community into a geostrategic coalition of European and Eurasian countries, from a union of values into a union of power, and from a market project into a state project.

The EU is becoming a federal superpower in a new world order. However, this happens almost unnoticed, in response to external crises and above the heads of European citizens. This book exposes growing tensions within this new European Union: between values and interests, geography and geopolitics, democracy and technocracy, market and state, and European member states themselves. If its de facto transformation is not supported by a new political structure, a crisis of effectiveness and legitimacy is looming that could ultimately threaten the European Union itself.

The book will be published in English later this year.

About the book

‘In these confused times, Marc De Vos shines a bright light on the ills of our century.
He dissects how crucial it is for the European Union to turn its virtual weight into real power and
influence. Highly recommended for those who want to gain in-depth insight into the ongoing realignment of power and

Frans Van Daele

'Often sandwiched between its own contradictions, the European Union risks losing touch with its citizens
losing touch with its citizens. With 'Great Power Europe', Marc De Vos delivers a thorough and, above all, timely thought exercise
on the future of the EU.'

Rik Van Cauwelaert
Journalist and columnist

‘Marc De Vos concisely outlines the great challenges ahead and the
crossroads in history at which Europe finds itself.’

Alexander De Croo
Prime Minister of Belgium

'Forget soft power. The European Union will be - or not be - a superpower, including military. A
crystal-clear argument, a line of march.'

Mia Doornaert
Journaliste and columnist

'If Europe does not become geopolitical, geopolitics will engage with Europe. With this racy book, get to
really get to know the misunderstood new Europe.'

Herman Van Rompuy
Emeritus President of the European Council
Minister of State

'A lucid and compelling analysis of Europe's response to the new world order.

De Vos sees a new European Union emerging: geostrategic, power-political, state capitalist. Very
different from before, but equally necessary.'

Luuk van Middelaar, author of A European Pandemonium (2021) and founder of the Brussels
Institute for Geopolitics

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