This highly topical book discusses the potential enlargement of the EU to embrace the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the enormous challenges, opportunities and threats this poses for parties on both sides.
Understanding of the diversity of the issues raised, even by an experimental expansion, is limited and rarely extends beyond the concerns voiced in a particular policy arena. This volume brings together contributions from specialists across the spectrum of the social sciences who consider the possible outcomes of expansion per se. The authors consider the countries to which membership might rationally be extended, and discuss the future of a Union that continues to be exclusive, but which must advance in the context of the overall march of globalisation. The contributions from numerous disciplines are complementary and include both macro- and micro perspectives.
EU Expansion to the East is designed to be accessible to all scholars of European affairs, as well as those interested in transition and policymakers at national, regional and local levels.
Edited by Hilary Ingham, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Mike Ingham, Principal, ACOST and Department of Economics, Lancaster University, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Towards a United Europe? 2. Monetary Union and Eastward Expansion of the EU 3. France, Germany and the Eastwards Expansion of the EU: Towards a Common Ostpolitik 4. Integrating the `New' Europe: What Role (if any) Does CEFTA Have? 5. Storming the Fortress: The External Border Regime in an Enlarged Europe 6. EU Expansion to the East: The Problem of Agriculture 7. Social Europe East and West 8. Regional Development and EU Enlargement 9. The Changing Role of Border Regions in Central and Eastern Europe 10. EU Accession: The Polish Case 11. Enlargement to the East: Romania 12. European Order, Global Governance and the Liberal Peace Index