European Power Politics

Jan Zielonka

in Europe as Empire

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199292219
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603754 | DOI:
 European Power Politics

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This chapter examines the way the EU accession process contributed to greater convergence across the old East-West divide. It argues that the eastern enlargement was an impressive exercise in empire building. The Union tried to assert political and economic control over that unstable and impoverished neighborhood. However, this imperial exercise lacked a broader strategic vision — it was prone to parochial pressures and its implementation was fairly benign. The countries of Eastern Europe had to comply with an ever growing list of conditions, but were given access to the EU’s decision-making and resources at the end of the accession process.

Keywords: European Union; European enlargement; power; empire

Chapter.  8841 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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