Questioning EU Enlargement Europe in Search of Identity
This new book takes a unique approach to the study of European enlargement, tackling key questions.
What kind of understanding of the EU do the enlargement processes speak to? Do decisions to enlarge mainly suggest that the EU is a free market, focusing on potential economic gains? Do they indicate that there is a sense of common European identity? Or is the focus primarily on securing respect for democratic principles and human rights?
Offering up-to-date studies of the EU enlargement processes and country-specific in-depth analyses, Questioning EU Enlargement will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of European studies, international relations and politics.
1 Enlargement and the nature of the EU polity
THE EU AS A POST-NATIONAL RIGHTS-BASED UNION
2 Justifying the second enlargement: promoting interests, consolidating
democracy or returning to the roots?
3 In spite of the costs? Moral constraints on Spain’s enlargement policy
4 Turkey’s EU Politics: Consolidating democracy through enlargement?
THE EU AS AN IDENTITY-BASED COMMUNITY
5 The importance of solidarity: Denmark as a promoter of enlargement
Marianne Riddervold and Helene Sjursen
6 More than simply expanding markets: Germany and EU enlargement
7 The case of Turkey: are some candidates more ‘European’ than others?
8 Protecting the idea of Europe: France and enlargement
Helene Sjursen and Børge Romsloe
BETWEEN NORMS AND INTERESTS: AMBIGUITY AS A CORE CHARACTERISTIC?
9 Probably a problem-solving regime, perhaps a rights-based union:
European integration in the Czech and Slovak political discourse
10 Double standards? Minority protection as a condition for membership
11 Conclusion: the European Union between values and rights