What purpose does the EU serve? Why and how was it set up? How does it work? What has it already achieved for its citizens, and what new challenges does it face today? How can citizens get more involved? In an age of globalisation, can the EU compete successfully with other major economies and maintain its social standards? Can Europe continue to play a leading role on the world stage and help protect against terrorism? These are just some of the questions Pascal Fontaine — EU expert and former university lecturer — explores in the new 2007 edition of his popular booklet ‘Europe in 12 lessons’. There is also a special internet version of this booklet.