Roger Bootle speaks on his new book
Designed by its founders to pursue ever closer union the EU has reached a fork in the road. While its elites still press for greater integration, support for the project among its citizenry is dwindling fast. A noble dream born in the shadow of a terrible war, conceived in a world of powerful blocs dominated by the United States and the USSR, the European Union has become hopelessly ill equipped for an era of globalisation and emerging markets. In its current form it is nothing less than the greatest obstacle between Europe and success. What’s more, if nothing changes, its share of world GDP will drop sharply and its influence will be greatly diminished. This book is written especially for all fair-minded people across Europe who have previously been presented only with a choice of extremist ravings or wads of impenetrable Euro-speak. To all those who may be called upon to contribute to a decision about Europe’s future, or their country’s part in it, Roger Bootle offers a fluent, readable and even-handed analysis of the options of how Europe could better serve its people.
One of the City of London’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle runs the consultancy, Capital Economics, one of the world’s largest independent economics consultancies, which he founded in 1999. Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men”. In July 2012, it was announced that Roger and a team from Capital Economics had won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
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