Questioning EU Enlargement (Routledge Studies on by Helene Sjursen

By Helene Sjursen

This new ebook takes a distinct method of the research of ecu growth, tackling key questions. what sort of realizing of the european do the growth approaches converse to? Do judgements to amplify more often than not recommend that the ecu is a loose industry, concentrating on strength monetary earnings? Do they point out that there's a feel of universal ecu identification? Or is the focal point totally on securing admire for democratic ideas and human rights? delivering updated stories of the ecu growth methods and country-specific in-depth analyses, wondering ecu growth might be a helpful source for college kids and students of eu reviews, diplomacy and politics.

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But three decades after the end of the Second World War, in a context of European détente, this no longer appeared such an overriding imperative. The Tindemans Report – published in January 1976, the month in which the European Commission issued its ‘Opinion’ on the second enlargement – suggested that the European idea was partly a victim of its own success in achieving peace, prosperity and détente. The report claimed that the Community was in need of a new raison d’être: Over the years, the European public has lost a guiding light, namely the political consensus between our countries on our reasons for undertaking this joint task and the characteristics with which we wish to endow it.

In the course of discussing the Greek candidacy, arguments about enlargement were defined and refined, changing perceptions of its purpose. The admission of Greece, justified through a discourse of democratic obligation, elevated enlargement into a major moral mission. Meanwhile, the second enlargement and the debate it generated impacted on the nature of the European Community itself. For the decision to admit Greece not only reflected but also promoted a particular view of European integration.

European Commission 1976: 9) The first argument here, that support for the European Community should be rewarded, was once again reinforced through direct linkage with the issue of democracy. But it is the second argument – concerning the democratic importance of EC membership – that was crucial. The strong sense of Community responsibility for Greece’s democratic future conveyed in the Commission’s statement was a theme which pervaded all discussions of the Greek application. The argument that full membership would be good for democracy became a mantra of the debate on Greece, systematically repeated by the majority of participants.

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