The 2004 entry of 10 Central and Eastern European countries, along with Malta and Cyprus, into the EU has caused a huge shift in the EU's external boundaries. The socio-economic and political transformations that this shift has caused not only suggest new regional development opportunities, but also many potential problems and tensions. While the EU insists that enlargement will not signify 'new divisions', processes of inclusion and exclusion and the imposition of visa restrictions on non-EU citizens could pose obstacles to co-operation, conjuring fears of an emerging 'fortress Europe' that effectively divides the continent. Illustrated with case studies from Central and Eastern European border areas, this book examines capacities for region building across national borders in within the context of EU enlargement, synthesizing the various insights provided by local information and suggesting ways forward for the future development of the EU's 'Wider Europe' strategy.
Dr James Wesley Scott is from the Department of Geography at Free University of Berlin, Germany.
’It is never possible to visit the same border twice; for practises at and the wider meanings of borders are continually changing. Europe has been a vanguard for such changes. Today, deepening European integration and Europe's new and prospective enlargement set fresh agendas. This collection - based on case studies from Central and Eastern Europe - charts these and will long be an essential reference point.’ James D. Sidaway, Loughborough University, UK '...the book brings valuable new insights to important aspects of EU expansion.' Journal of Contemporary European Studies