11. Conclusions Writing the conclusions to a book that discusses a continuing process of integration is never easy, since there is no actual conclusion. To ease the task, we have decided to split the issue into two sections: the ﬁrst section recalls the main themes and subjects tackled by the book, while the second looks at what has been left out of the book, and yet it may constitute an important challenge for the future of the EU. The ﬁrst section may thus be read as a summary of the risks and opportunities that lie ahead of the enlarged Europe, and which were dealt with in detail in the book, while the second section may be read as a sketchy account of those risks and opportunities that lie ahead of the enlarged Europe and which were not dealt with in detail in the book. 11.1 THE LOGIC AND THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ENLARGED EU Far too often, in our professional and academic life, we have experienced discussions and analyses of the EU and its policies undertaken in a way which is, to say the least, piecemeal and centred on details, thus leading to a major confusion between the trees and the forest. In other words, we believe that a credible and informed discussion on, say, the EU agricultural policy or the EU competition policy, can only take place if the logic, the values and the objectives of the EU have been made explicit at the outset. Understanding, explaining and discussing...
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