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A European Doppelstaat?
A European Doppelstaat?

Author(s): Stephen Holmes
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, EU-Legislation
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: European Union; reforms of constitution; future of EU; EU enlargement; East Europe;

Summary/Abstract: The constitutional reform debate is not the only open-ended process muddying the future of the European Union. The full effects, in particular, of eastern enlargement on the contours and internal dynamics of the EU after 2004 remain dimly perceived. But in Eastern Europe itself, partly under the influence of nationalist populist politicians, a clear but unappealing picture of an enlarged EU has begun to crystallize. Fears of being marginalized inflame worries of a last-minute decision to block enlargement. But the same fears also fuel concern that the postcommunist applicant countries will, indeed, accede to the EU as expected, but under especially unfavorable or unfair terms. [...]

  • Issue Year: 17/2003
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 107-118
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English