Topics for Blue Essay #

Write an essay on one of the topics below. It is due 17 Feb. in class. The essay should be 3-4 pages, double-spaced.

1. Defend or criticize this assertion:

"The European Union shapes international affairs more than international affairs shapes the European Union. With its economic clout due to the Euro, its trade and market power, and its political power due to Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Europe Security and Defense Policy, the EU is a world superpower."

2. Defend or criticize this assertion:

"European states -- especially major powers like  the UK, France, Germany, and Italy -- are embedded in such a network of international organizations and transnational economic and civic institutions that they can never be superpowers like the US. They are constrained economically at home and politically abroad. The EU institutionalizes the decay of the sovereign state in Europe."

Formatting Rules for Essays

Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like
Times New Roman or Palatino and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.)

Have separate title page with 1) your name 2) your team and essay # (e.g, Blue #1) and 3) your student ID number printed on it.

Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade "blind"). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text.

Put the number or the first few words of the topic that you are writing on at the start of the first page of text.