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Romania and the European Union

Tom Gallagher

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077432
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702260 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719077432.001.0001
Romania and the European Union

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According to this book, Romania's predatory rulers, the heirs of the sinister communist dictator Ceauşescu, have inflicted a humiliating defeat on the European Union. The book argues that Brussels was tricked into offering full membership to this Balkan country in return for substantial reforms which its rulers now refuse to carry out. It unmasks the failure of the EU to match its visionary promises of transforming Romania with the shabby reality. Benefiting from access to internal reports and leading figures involved in a decade of negotiations, the book shows how Eurocrats were outwitted by unscrupulous local politicians who turned the EU's multi-level decision-making processes into a laughing-stock. The EU's famous ‘soft power’ turned out to be a mirage, as it was unable to summon up the willpower to insist that this key Balkan state embraced its standards of behaviour in the political and economic realms. The book unravels policy failures in the areas of justice, administrative and agricultural reform, showing how Romania moved backwards politically during the years of negotiations.

Keywords: Romania; communist dictator; Ceauşescu; European Union; Brussels; Eurocrats; local politicians; decision-making processes; soft power; negotiations

Book.  304 pages. 

Subjects: European Union

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Introduction in Romania and the European Union

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The EU discovers Romania in Romania and the European Union

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The futility of EU funding in Romania and the European Union

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Corruption and anti-corruption in Romania and the European Union

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