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Is This the Future of Europe? Opportunities and Risks for Poland in a Union of Insiders and Outsiders
Is This the Future of Europe? Opportunities and Risks for Poland in a Union of Insiders and Outsiders

Contributor(s): Roderick Parkes (Editor)
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Geopolitics
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Eastern Europe; Energy; EU budget; EU economic integration; EU institutions; Europe; European Union; Poland; Somalia; Western Europe
Summary/Abstract: Poland risks falling into the political equivalent of the middle-income trap: having charted a remarkable rise within the EU, it may stagnate just before achieving lead status. The problem is clear: divisions within the Union that once favoured Poland, and diminished the gap between eastern and western members, may now turn against it. In the first comprehensive English-language analysis of the strategic opportunities and risks facing member states across a range of policy areas, PISM analysts ask: can Warsaw exploit Europe's new divisions and complete its own 'arrested accession'? This collection of essays identifies opportunities for Poland to act as a mediator between coalitions of antagonistic member states (energy policy; EU institutions; budget), to harness 'differentiated' integration and enlargement (Eurozone; ENP; EU enlargement), and to adapt to the emergence of clusters of member states (External Action Service; Visegrad cooperation; public opinion).

  • Page Count: 74
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English