Eu enlargement essay

Eu enlargement essay - Enlargement To Central Eastern...

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Since its beginnings in 1957, the European Union (EU) has grown from an Economic Community of 6 members to a Union of 25 members. It is now the world’s largest trading bloc and largest single market, with a common currency shared by 12 of its member states (and growing). In its history there have been 5 enlargements, with states joining the EU having to accept acquis communautaire , in other words, the rights and laws derived from EU treaties and courts (Hay & Menon, 368). Institutional changes have been made to the EU system as a result of each new round of enlargements and integration has been a process of evolution and change. Britain, as a major financier for these changes through the EU budget, has a big say in the success or failure of these enlargements, not to mention the stipulations applied to the transfer of funds to new less- rich countries. With each successive enlargement, the process of adjustment and membership for candidate states has grown more and more difficult. It has become more and more clear that EU enlargement has posed more concerns to the EU recently than ever before, which worries the British in their involvement. Essentially, EU enlargement has evolved into a battle for leadership between Europe and Britain; new members are caught in the middle and this calls into question how effective EU governance and enlargement will be. The most recent enlargement to include ten new member states (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Cyprus & Malta) from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was by far the largest and most challenging by far in the history of the Union, and the main focus of this discussion. It has created far-reaching reforms in EU governance as well as change in the diversity of the bloc itself. It has also
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brought about significant internal institutional changes that are by far the most massive of any of the previous rounds of enlargement (Hay & Menon, 368). Thus, wealth, legal rights, culture, local norms are so diverse that it may be very difficult for EU policies to be enforced in a uniform way. It may be recognized by those on the EU Council that different member states would participate in different EU programs because it would be the only practical solution. The United Kingdom, as forbearers to this idea, would welcome this sort of governance in their relationship with Europe, as it would give Eurosceptic critics in their country more ammunition to do battle. At the same time, there are also those in Britain who wish to see the EU governed well, because it is in their best economic interests to be able to trade with a good Europe. However, enlargement has made this idea more complex. Each round of enlargements has, historically, been accompanied by a
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