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By George MacLean

This selection of essays situates Canadian pursuits in the better context of political switch occurring in Europe and offers a context for the altering nature of this ancient dating and the relative effect of present institutions.

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Size itself is unlikely to be a question in the negotiations. Larger states will on the whole have more to negotiate but at the same time are likely to have more capacity to do so. There is no indication that smaller states have found negotiations more onerous than the larger applicant states. Where a country is both large demographically and poor relative to the EU, the implications for the budget and Community policies are possibly severe. Both Poland and Turkey fit into this category, as would the Ukraine and Russia if they applied for membership in the longer term; Spain is a past example.

The completion of the internal market made possible the accomplishment of some Treaty objectives that had long been postponed and led to effective counteraction to some worrying trends, the persistence or even gradual establishment and re-establishment of impediments to intra-Community trade in the form of non-tariff barriers such as national health and product 46 BETWEEN ACTOR AND PRESENCE safety standards. The outcome of this round of Community negotiations also incorporated a number of new policy areas into the European Economic Community (EEC) Treaty, increased the role of the European Parliament with respect to accession of new member states and association agreements with third countries, and led to progress in the development of the processes for closer cooperation among member states on foreign policy and security matters.

Yet its very size, as well THE EUAND THE VARIABLES OF ENLARGEMENT 31 as its agricultural and heavy industrial base, are making for difficult and drawn-out negotiations and a willingness on the part of the Poles to use their bargaining power. In the case of Cyprus, the Republic may well achieve most of the formal requirements for membership in the EU in the future. But how does one deal with the division of the island? Permitting accession of the southern Republic alone may perpetuate or worsen division and conflict on the island.

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