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Eu Enlargement At A Crossroads

  • Andreea Catalina Paul


    (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

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    The present article aims to explore the general theme of the EU enlargement strategy in the new 2012 European context. Until now, the EU’s enlargement strategy has yielded impressive results. It succeeded in transforming ten central and eastern European countries from post-communism confusion into open-market, mature and effective systems of democratic governments, and even on the economic front, they have also made astonishing progress. It is no doubt that people in the new EU countries live better then before. In this context, the EU must continue the enlargement process to help stabilize the Balkan region that lie beyond its expanded eastern border. No one can deny that major issues concerning western Balkan countries’ accession are still on the table, and they even exert a geopolitical influence of sorts. This makes it all the more important to see stability and regional co-operation there are strategically vital. An all-out effort must now be made to complete the enlargement process and ensure there is no strategic vacuum. This article provides the framework of analyses for the EU problems and the challenges for the Balkans governments as for Brussels.

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    Article provided by Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in its journal CES Working Papers.

    Volume (Year): 4(2) (2012)
    Issue (Month): (June)
    Pages: 196-203

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    Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2012:v:4:p:196-203
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