The EU at its most incoherent: April–December 2004

Tom Gallagher

in Romania and the European Union

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077432
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702260 | DOI:
The EU at its most incoherent: April–December 2004

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This chapter dwells on the manner in which the European Union (EU) engaged with Romania during the final six months of negotiations in 2004. It also explores how the EU decided to close negotiations on the Partidul Social Democrat (PSD) (Social Democratic Party)'s restricted agenda for change. The signs of shortcomings in the democratic process are explained. The PSD discovered that the trafficking of influences was a practice not confined to Romania or other countries where the public and private spheres were blurred. The EU Commission appeared disorientated about how to interpret its competition rules. Britain had been Romania's most active backer for EU entry at the start of the decade. The PSD had grown in the estimation of key European power-brokers since 2000. The manner in which the EU engaged with Romania during the final year of negotiations revealed the deeply unsatisfactory nature of a Europeanisation process.

Keywords: European Union Commission; Romania; Partidul Social Democrat; Social Democratic Party; Europeanisation; democratic process; negotiations

Chapter.  11048 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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