internal divisions on foreign policy, a comprehensive interpretation about the unwinding of some of the key ingredients that allowed over past decades the European integration to successfully progress stands as a welcome assistance. It helps negotiators to understand the nature of the stalemate they face when they gather today helplessly in long and ineffective EU meetings. The emphasis put by both authors on the structural dimension of this potential European disintegration is timely. The sense of disheartened activity spinning around in circles with very little
51 Global Discourse • vol 9 • no 1 • 51–55 © Bristol University Press 2019 • Online ISSN 2043-7897 https://doi.org/10.1332/204378918X15453934505932 REPLY Comments on Rosamond and Outhwaite: European disintegration Pierre Vimont, email@example.com Carnegie Europe To cite this article: Vimont, P. (2019) Reply: Comments on Rosamond and Outhwaite: European disintegration, Global Discourse, vol 9, no 1, 51-55, DOI: 10.1332/204378918X15453934505932 Having read with great expectation and a certain dose of anxiety the two articles written by Ben Rosamond
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