By Roland Dannreuther
The tip of the chilly conflict offered an immense problem to Western Europe and to the eu Union. It led not just to an entire new set of nations looking to sign up for the european, but in addition to a powerful call for for a extra extensive ecu engagement within the broader neighborhood context. This ebook assesses no matter if the ecu has effectively confronted as much as this problem and has tailored its rules in the direction of its rapid neighbourhood in a coherent and strategic demeanour.
This quantity examines ecu coverage from all its significant nearby dimensions together with tests of:
* the growth strategy to East vital Europe
* the expanding engagement of the ecu in clash solution, such a lot particularly within the Balkans, but in addition within the Arab-Israeli conflict
* regulations in the direction of the nations of the previous Soviet Union, akin to Russia, Ukraine and the Caucasus
* the complexities of ecu coverage in the direction of Turkey and the center East
* the transatlantic dimensions of the EU's neighbourhood guidelines.
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The candidate countries have, however, not developed in order to please the EU or the West at large, even though sometimes one might gain such an impression. They have modernized their society and economy primarily so that the peoples of these countries can have a better life.
Such asymmetries will only grow with further enlargements, since the enlarged EU of 2004 will be an entity of 25 member states with a population of 450 million and representing nearly one-quarter of the world’s GDP. In 1995 at the Essen Council, the EU adopted its White Paper Preparation of the Associated Countries of Central and Eastern Europe for Integration into the Internal Market of the Union. It followed the basic approach adopted at the Copenhagen Council, though was far more detailed and speciﬁc.
20 It is also predictable that the ‘acceding’ countries – as the candidates accepted in Copenhagen are now called – will push for the reinforcement of such an ‘Eastern dimension’ of the Union’s policies: it is not by accident that in the run-up to Copenhagen, on 18 November 2002, the Council decided to launch a ‘New Neighbours Initiative’ focused on ‘the need for the EU to formulate an ambitious, longterm and integrated approach towards each of these countries’. 21 The Barcelona Process Finally, the Barcelona Process may have to be streamlined and redeﬁned, to give a more realistic but also more tangible prospect of structured partnership for the Mediterranean countries, possibly including a certain degree of differentiation among them.