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Social and Political Dimensions of the Eurozone Enlargement in the case of the Baltic States


  • Tiiu Paas

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)

  • Marit Rõõm

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)

  • Allan Sikk

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)

  • Reilika Liiv

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)

  • Christopher Schumann

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)

  • Orsolya Szirko

    (Institute of Economics, University of Tartu)


This Regional Input is a supplement to Ezoneplus Working Paper No. 13 on the Social Dimension of the Eastward Enlargement of the Eurozone. Political transition from authoritarian to democratic society has been extensive in all three Baltic States. The Baltic States are often examined together in political studies despite of the fact that there is much more variation among these countries in the political sphere than in the economic and social spheres. The problems stemming from the political sphere might be even more crucial for EU enlargement because of their relative instability and slow working comparing that to the economic and social concerns. Therefore this study emphasises some major political differences between the Baltic States that should be taken into account when analysing EU eastward enlargement processes. The paper aims to analyze social and political dimensions of eurozone enlargement in the Baltic States emphasizing also negative consequences of transition and integration processes and their possible impact on EU accession.

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  • Tiiu Paas & Marit Rõõm & Allan Sikk & Reilika Liiv & Christopher Schumann & Orsolya Szirko, 2003. "Social and Political Dimensions of the Eurozone Enlargement in the case of the Baltic States," Eastward Enlargement of the Euro-zone Working Papers wp13a, Free University Berlin, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, revised 01 Jan 2003.
  • Handle: RePEc:ezo:ezppap:wp13a

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