This is the third volume in a trilogy written by Ulrich Beck. The first two volumes – Power in the Global Age (2005) and The Cosmopolitan Vision (2006) were authored by Beck alone. The third volume is co-authored with Edgar Grande.
The main argument in Cosmopolitan Europe is that Europe as a model must be rethought. It worked for fifty years but at the end it has succumbed under its own success. The turning point was the enlargement in 2004. The main question is what holds the enlarged Europe together? The main problem deals with how to conceptualise the future Europe. The main answer is through a new conceptualisation around the key concept of cosmopolitanism. The cosmopolitan outlook will do it.