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Europe as EmpireThe Nature of the Enlarged European Union$
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Jan Zielonka

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199292219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199292213.001.0001

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European Power Politics

European Power Politics

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(p.44) 2 European Power Politics
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Europe as Empire
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Jan Zielonka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199292213.003.0003

This chapter examines the way the EU accession process contributed to greater convergence across the old East-West divide. It argues that the eastern enlargement was an impressive exercise in empire building. The Union tried to assert political and economic control over that unstable and impoverished neighborhood. However, this imperial exercise lacked a broader strategic vision — it was prone to parochial pressures and its implementation was fairly benign. The countries of Eastern Europe had to comply with an ever growing list of conditions, but were given access to the EU’s decision-making and resources at the end of the accession process.

Keywords:   European Union, European enlargement, power, empire

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