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ISJ November 2012: Book Reviews – Schools for the Future Europe: Values and Change beyond Lisbon


Edited by John Sayer & Lynn Erler
Reviewed by Peter Kotrc


Reviewing a book about future Europe in these days of crisis might easily lead to a state of depression – but it does not. The editors contribute from different angles and on different levels to the core of the current discourse in Europe, namely: is the European Union more than an economic model, and are there common values that keep Europe together?

John Sayer, Lynn Erler and the other authors leave no doubt about their standpoint. They claim that Europe ‘has shown itself a model of co-operation and harmonization for the world’ (p. 11). The personal experiences of some of the authors during the last 50 years of a changing Europe explain why they are so concerned about a merely technocratic and bureaucratic economic union. What will become of the continent when there is an ‘estrangement of young people from a European identity’ (Frank Furedi)?