Maltese Academic among Fifty Top Thinkers asked to set out their Ideas for Europe In December 2006, Financial Times Business and the London School of Economics approached fifty top thinkers to put forward their vision of Europe for the next fifty years. The result is a publication titled: European Union – The Next Fifty Years, published by FT Business and launched at the London School of Economics on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the European Project. In this book, “an unparalleled cast of the most authoritative thought leaders from the world of politics, academia, business and the arts offer their personal assessment of the state of the Union and their ideas and proposals for the Union’s next half-century”. Professor Peter G. Xuereb, Professor of European and Comparative Law, and Chairman of the EDRC at the University of Malta, was one of the invited contributors and also one of the eight panelists invited to speak at the launch of the book. Other contributors include Bernard-Henri Lévy, Andrew Moravcsik, Margot Wallström, Javier Solana, Carl Bildt, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Peter Sutherland, Alain Lamassoure, Franco Frattini, Krzysztof Zanussi, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Nicolas Sarkozy, David Cameron, Guy Verhofstadt. Then, among the ‘voices of the next generation’, besides those of Professor Xuereb, are featured the views of Danuta Hübner, André Sapir, Emma Bonino, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Ségolène Royal, Hans van den Broek, and Meglena Kuneva. The two forewords are by Angela Merkel and José Manuel Barroso. The publication is available from FT Business on e-mail: EU50@FT.com . Following are the two contributions of Professor Xuereb, the first being the book contribution, and the second being the speech he delivered at the launch of the book, and the ensuing debate, in London at the end of March.

Professor Xuereb's contribution to the FT publication: The Future European Union – A Citizens’ Europe and a Working Model for Global Citizenship

Speech delivered by Professor Peter G. Xuereb at the London launch of the book: European Union: The Next Fifty Years, published by FT Business