Integrating the Balkans

Conflict Resolution and the Impact of EU Expansion

Author: Máire Braniff

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1848856695

Category: History

Page: 225

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Emerging from a decade of violent ethnic and inter-state conflict during the 1990s, the countries of the Western Balkans entered a phase of rebuilding and reconciliation. This title explores EU's considerable efforts to influence and shape the nature of state, society and foreign relations in the region.
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European Union Enlargement

Material interests, community norms and anomie

Author: Thomas Mehlhausen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317479297

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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The continuous expansion of the European Union has transformed its very own self-conception. While Eastern enlargement was widely celebrated as the ‘reuniting of Europe’, the sheer number of applicants, their low economic development and the need for new states to transform in accordance with EU values required considerable adjustments to the EU’s self-image. By examining the European Council’s contentious approval of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern European countries in the 1970s and 1990s, this book investigates why the European Union enlarges. Based on new and hitherto not analysed data, it introduces the concept of ‘anomie’ to the discourse and, in doing so, makes a timely contribution to the literature of constitutional politics and enlargement of the European Union. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of the European Union, area studies (European studies, central and east European studies, Mediterranean studies) and more broadly comparative politics and constitutional politics.
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Enlargement of the European Union

Author: Allan F. Tatham

Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.

ISBN: 9041124632

Category: Political Science

Page: 555

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The development of EU enlargement has raised many thorny issues unanticipated by the framers of the EC Treaty. A significant upshot of these issues is that the concept of European identity - defined in terms of such factors as culture, history and economics - has supplanted the long-dominant theme of 'widening and deepening, ' particularly since the Union's expansion has become primarily eastward. The major contribution of this important book lies in its analysis of the conceptualization and perception of enlargement from various points of view, focusing on the concerns of stakeholders and the 'identity' conflicts and uncertainties incurred by enlargement initiatives. In the course of its presentation, it details the actual pre-accession Europeanization process and its complex history. Among the key elements discussed are the following: the conflict between 'widening' and 'deepening' and the effect on EU institutional reform; institutional requirements on candidate countries; pre-accession criteria and negotiations; administrative capacity, judicial capacity, and legal approximation in accession states; capacity of the EU to absorb new Member States; and EC law as part of European identity. Also covered are specific historical details of particular pre-accession negotiations (e.g., Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus), the still inconclusive negotiations with Turkey and the Western Balkan states, and political factors involved in the non-accession of Norway, Iceland and Switzerland. Assembling powerful evidence and applying incisive analysis, the author's conclusion shows that, absent further (and major) EU institutional reform, it will be difficult for an enlarging Union to continue to 'deliver the goods.' A watershed in the continuing great debate on the fulfilment of the EC Treaty's determination to foster and promote 'an ever closer union of the peoples of Europe, ' this book will prove invaluable to anybody interested in the European integration project, particularly lawyers, academics, officials and policymakers in the EU Member States.
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Integrating the Balkans

Conflict Resolution and the Impact of EU Expansion

Author: Maire Braniff

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857719882

Category: History

Page: 256

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Emerging from a decade of violent ethnic and inter-state conflict during the 1990s, the countries of the Western Balkans entered a phase of rebuilding and reconciliation. Due to the key role played by the EU in the region’s rebuilding efforts, Integrating the Balkans explores this institution’s considerable efforts to influence and shape the nature of state, society and foreign relations of the Western Balkans, as it utilised the promise of membership as a vital tool to exert its influence. With a central focus on Croatia and Serbia, Máire Braniff explores the nature of political conditionality as the foremost instrument of EU engagement in the Western Balkans, as well as examining the relationships and social learning processes that are brought about by increasing engagement and integration. The picture that materialises is one of the EU’s discernible, but often contradictory, impact as it offers the carrot of EU membership in the hope that the legacies of the past conflict can be re-evaluated, re-imagined and transformed. By also analysing the conditions that come with EU aid, such as co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Braniff offers a fascinating analysis of the politicization and militarization of the EU Accession promises, terms and conditions. This book thus highlights the debates surrounding the functionality and effectiveness of the enlargement approach in the Western Balkans, building on discussions revolving around previous enlargement processes and wider issues of international intervention. Bringing together important archival sources of EU, Croatian and Serbian actors, Braniff analyses the nuanced transition process that has been framed and transformed by the promise of EU membership, offering an extremely important perspective for all those involved in the study and practice of the processes of European integration and post-conflict resolution.
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The Responsive Union

National Elections and European Governance

Author: Christina J. Schneider

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108472311

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 346

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The EU's perceived lack of responsiveness to ordinary citizens has created a serious crisis of democratic legitimacy that threatens its very survival. In this timely book, Schneider presents a comprehensive account of how EU governments signal responsiveness to the interests of their citizens over European policies.
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Britain's Failure to Enter the European Community, 1961-63

The Enlargement Negotiations and Crises in European, Atlantic, and Commonwealth Relations

Author: George Wilkes

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714646879

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 275

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The essays collected here outline a number of factors which made the EC too young to be able to assimilate Britain's important interests, and the British over-optimistic in their approach to negotiations with the Community. The role of conflict over Western strategy and European political union in the breakdown of the negotiations is re-assessed, and the negotiations over agriculture and the Commonwealth are revealed in an entirely new light.
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The European Union and Enlargement

The Case of Cyprus

Author: G. Christou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230501753

Category: Political Science

Page: 228

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The European Union and Enlargement is about the EU's 'power of attraction' - an exploration of the potential for EU impact on conflicts within Europe - and the implications for the EU to influence the 'order' beyond its borders. It provides both a theoretical and historical context in order to understand the EU's impact and combines this with empirical analysis of the perceptions of the Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and Turkey on the accession process and its effect on the Cyprus issue. It demonstrates the limits and the potential of the EU as a global actor through its power of attraction.
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The European Union and the Cyprus Conflict

Modern Conflict, Postmodern Union

Author: Thomas Diez

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719060793

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

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This book is a multi-faceted exploration of the Cyprus conflict in Europe, which investigates the international settling of the conflict, its modernist features, particularly European influences over identity, and postmodernization as a possible solution. The contributors to this book not only pursue fresh theoretical perspectives in an area that has so far been largely under-theorized, but also critically examine current European policies in search of alternatives.
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Europeanization and Conflict Resolution

Case Studies from the European Periphery

Author: Bruno Coppieters

Publisher: Academia Press

ISBN: 9789038206486

Category: History

Page: 258

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This volume studies the relevance of European integration for conflict settlement and conflict resolution in divided states such as Cyprus or Serbia and Montenegro.
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