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Graham Watson, leader of the Liberal group in the European Parliament from 2002-2009, describes how the Liberals have become a potent third force in European politics in the new century.
“Graham Watson chronicles a fascinating period in the EU’s development with the humanity and humour which were a hallmark of his leadership of the EU’s Liberal MEPs.”Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, 1999-2004
In the first decade of the 21st century the Liberal group (known as the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe – ALDE – from 2004) emerged as a powerful third force in the European Parliament, challenging the bi-polar order of Conservatives and Socialists.
Graham Watson shows how this happened, detailing the Liberal impact on a whole range of policy issues at EU level and the important linkages with Liberal success at national level. He concludes that ‘the potential for further growth of the European Liberal centre remains greater than at any point in the last 100 years’.
Politics and personalities combine to make this a richly informative and insightful insider’s account which will be of interest to all who follow EU affairs and Liberal politics.
Sir Graham Watson led the Liberal group in the European Parliament from 2002 to 2009. He is now president of the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party, the umbrella organisation for Europe’s liberal parties.