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The Eu S Eastward Enlargement

Author : Yoji Koyama
ISBN : 9789814602471
Genre : Business & Economics
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Owing to the global financial crisis of 2007–2009 and subsequently the Eurozone crisis, the accession of Central and Eastern European countries to the European Union and the Eurozone has not been an easy one. The EU's Eastward Enlargement analyses challenges that these countries currently face in their pursuit of economic self-reliance. Covering a period from the second half of the 1980s to the present, Yoji Koyama provides unique and objective analyses of the European Union and the Euro system from a non-European's perspective. He offers a detailed reexamination of the fundamental problems of the European Union, which in turn have affected the autonomous development of countries such as Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Albania, and the Baltic States. This book is a useful addition to the scholarship available on the Euro system and Central and Eastern European countries. It will help readers gain a more holistic understanding of the ongoing Eurozone crisis and the future of the Eurozone project. Contents:PrefaceAcknowledgmentList of TablesList of FiguresIntroductionPart I System Change and Economic Transformation:System Change in Central and Eastern European Countries and Their EU IntegrationPoland's Economic DevelopmentPart II The Western Balkans and the EU's Southeastward Enlargement:Problems Regarding Kosovo's IndependenceAn Overview of South Eastern EuropeCroatia's EU Accession: The Second Greece?Serbia's Transition with 10 Years Lag and the European IntegrationA Thorny Path of Economic Development: Case of MacedoniaAlbania's Way to EU Accession and Its ChallengesPart III The Global Financial Crisis and the Eurozone Crisis:Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Baltic States: Focus on LatviaSlovenia's Success Story and Its PitfallEurozone Crisis and New EU Member States from Central and Eastern EuropeConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author Readership: Postgraduates who are interested in development economics and international relations; businessmen who are keen on venturing into Central and East Europe, and professionals interested in literature on the European Union. Key Features:Presents history of the Central and Eastern Europe in the late 20th century beyond a political economic view and with a focus on international relationsGrasps Central and Eastern Europe as ‘a group of small countries’ and their strategies for survival and developmentFocus on the Western Balkan countries and the Baltic states helps widen scholarship on the EU and its wider implications on the continentKeywords:Central and Eastern Europe;EU Accession;;Eurozone Crisis;Small Countries;Western Balkans;Croatia;Greece;Albania;Expansion of EU MembershipReviews: "The author spent some years in former Yugoslavia, met and talked to numerous people in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which gave him a unique opportunity to analyze its development. This is an excellent book describing a rather remote part of the world and analyzing a not too well-known development." Joze Mencinger Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana Former deputy prime minister of Slovenia "Yoji Koyama's treatise on the EU's Eastward Enlargement (EEE)... shed[s] a great deal of useful light on regional economic heterogeneity. His book provides a lucid overview of the CEEC's (Central and Eastern European Countries) post-Soviet economic systemic changes and transformations. Koyama's motive for writing EEE is his 'desire to see (the creation of) peaceful and prosperous small countries of CEEC'. He rigorously pursues this goal drawing on his vast CEEC and Balkan experiences by critically analyzing systemic flaws and offering insightful solutions ... The dream of the greater EU project remains, but could swiftly be transformed into a nightmare if Koyama's sage advice is ignored." The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies “EEE is a treasure trove of statistics and charts documenting CEEC, West Balkan, Baltic and Slovenia economic performance, accompanied by a rich narrative describing policies, shocks, adjustments and reforms, allowing readers to compare the experiences of EU and non-EU members, and assess the problems associated with the Euro.” The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies “I can recommend the book to all those interested in the EU and its enlargement, to academics, businessmen, the general public in all the Western Balkan countries as well as to those from countries which joined the EU after the fall of the Berlin wall. The author has not only read extensively on the issues, but has also spent a lot of time in the region. His interpretations have a touch of 'hands on' experience which makes the book even more interesting and provocative.” Croatian International Relations Review
Category: Business & Economics

Eastward Enlargement Of The European Union

Author : Heather Grabbe
ISBN : UVA:X006012875
Genre : Europe, Central
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The transformation of the economic, political and security environment since the end of the Cold War leaves Europe with the challenge of developing appropriate new structures and policies. The eastward enlargement of the European Union raises major political, economic and institutional issues for the EU itself and for the applicant countries of central and eastern Europe. This paper analyzes the prospects for, and progress towards, enlargement, and the implications for the future development of the EU.
Category: Europe, Central

Beyond Nato

Author : Michael E. O'Hanlon
ISBN : 9780815732587
Genre : Political Science
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In this new Brookings Marshall Paper, Michael O’Hanlon argues that now is the time for Western nations to negotiate a new security architecture for neutral countries in eastern Europe to stabilize the region and reduce the risks of war with Russia. He believes NATO expansion has gone far enough. The core concept of this new security architecture would be one of permanent neutrality. The countries in question collectively make a broken-up arc, from Europe’s far north to its south: Finland and Sweden; Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus; Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan; and finally Cyprus plus Serbia, as well as possibly several other Balkan states. Discussion on the new framework should begin within NATO, followed by deliberation with the neutral countries themselves, and then formal negotiations with Russia. The new security architecture would require that Russia, like NATO, commit to help uphold the security of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and other states in the region. Russia would have to withdraw its troops from those countries in a verifiable manner; after that, corresponding sanctions on Russia would be lifted. The neutral countries would retain their rights to participate in multilateral security operations on a scale comparable to what has been the case in the past, including even those operations that might be led by NATO. They could think of and describe themselves as Western states (or anything else, for that matter). If the European Union and they so wished in the future, they could join the EU. They would have complete sovereignty and self-determination in every sense of the word. But NATO would decide not to invite them into the alliance as members. Ideally, these nations would endorse and promote this concept themselves as a more practical way to ensure their security than the current situation or any other plausible alternative.
Category: Political Science

Constitutionalism And The Enlargement Of Europe

Author : Wojciech Sadurski
ISBN : 9780191631085
Genre : Law
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After the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the newly democratized countries of this region joined two main pan-European political and legal structures: the Council of Europe and the European Union. This book shows how the Eastward enlargement of these two structures fostered the 'constitutionalization' both of the Council of Europe and of the EU. Prompted by the enlargement of the Council of Europe and the admission of a number of countries which brought unique and often more substantial problems onto the Court's agenda, the main judicial body of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, became a quasi 'constitutional court' of Europe. This book demonstrates that this was primarily as a result of the widening of its agenda and the resulting need to make activist decisions about the compatibility of national laws with the European Convention. In terms of the EU, the book shows that the enlargement (first prospective, and then, actual) has been an important agenda-setter for the constitutionalization of the EU; in particular, for openly placing the issue of fundamental rights on the EU agenda as a legitimate and indispensable matter of concern for the EU. But the 'constitutional synergies' were a two-way street: the accession to both pan-European structures has also affected the development of democratic constitutionalism in CEE states. It has raised difficult issues regarding the relationships between national sovereignty, democracy, and human rights that CEE policy makers have grappled with; these issues and responses by CEE member states have had implications for the 'old' EU member states as well. These dynamics are explored through various case studies, providing a new perspective on the development of legal norms and institutions within European supranational bodies.
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The Eus Enlargement And Mediterranean Strategies

Author : M. Maresceau
ISBN : 9780333977811
Genre : Political Science
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This book analyses and compares the preferential relations between the EU and the countries on its eastern and southern peripheries. It presents a comprehensive study of the emerging pan-Euro-Mediterranean regional integration and analyses the economic, political and social strategies adopted by the EU and will be an indispensable reference work for those working on issues related to EU enlargement and integration.
Category: Political Science

Politics In The European Union

Author : Ian Bache
ISBN : 9780199689668
Genre : Political Science
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The European Union is a unique, complex, and ever-changing political entity which continues to shape both international politics and the politics of its individual member states. Politics in the European Union provides a clear analysis of the theory, history, policies, and institutions of theEU, giving students a well-rounded introduction to the subject. With an updated history section, this text weaves together material on key contemporary concerns, including the Eurozone crisis and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, with a thorough consideration of the workings and remit of theEuropean Union.
Category: Political Science

Eu Enlargement And Its Macroeconomic Effects In Eastern Europe

Author : H. Gabrisch
ISBN : 9780230502475
Genre : Business & Economics
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What will joining the EU mean for the new Eastern member states and their economies? This book offers a detailed study of the macroeconomic and structural adjustment burden. It envisages a real currency appreciation stemming from price convergence, capital inflows and weak structural change. The widespread belief that an Eastern enlargement of the Union would be overwhelmingly to the detriment of the present EU (budgetary costs, locational decisions, trade deficits) is rejected. The authors discuss the lack of competitiveness of Eastern countries and their need for structural adjustments (in the financial sector, in agriculture, and in manufacturing) in order for them to survive and thrive in their new economic environment.
Category: Business & Economics

Turkey And The Dilemma Of Eu Accession

Author : Mirela Bogdani
ISBN : 9780857720603
Genre : Religion
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Hardback jacket blurb:_x000D_ _x000D_ The question of Turkey’s membership of the EU has raised several controversial issues, including not only ‘the borders of the EU’ and its ‘geographical limits’, but critical questions of European identity, Islam's place in Europe and its role in European society. Enlargement of the EU to include Turkey is bringing back to the fore a significant issue which has, in recent times, been on the periphery of European politics and society: the relationship between religion and politics. Several controversial questions have been raised as a result of Turkey’s pursuit of EU membership - will including such a large Muslim country, however secular, change the basic identity of the EU? Will it hinder the process of European integration? What impact do culture, religion and identity issues have on Turkey’s chances of joining the EU? Are religious and cultural factors per se the primary obstacle to Turkish accession, or is it their interaction with other factors that is prolonging and complicating Turkey’s progress towards EU membership? _x000D_ _x000D_ These are some of the questions that this book tries to answer. Mirela Bogdani identifies and analyses the complex range of factors that are influencing Turkey's long and bumpy journey towards EU membership, arguing that it is not solely due to technical issues that Turkey’s accession to the EU has been so long and fraught, but also due to issues of culture and religion. She also assesses the contemporary debate on Turkey’s candidacy from the European angle, by examining four categories of actors in the integration process: European citizens, EU institutions, EU member-states and European leaders. She investigates the reasons for opposition to Turkey’s accession and identifies five potential factors, including issues of multiculturalism and the integration of Muslim communities in Europe, issues of ‘Political Islam’ and Islamic fundamentalism and its recent revival in Turkey. The book also analyses the tricky issue of the compatibility of Islam with Western values and Islam’s ability to accommodate democracy and secularisation. _x000D_ _x000D_ This book will be an appealing resource for those who are interested in EU politics, EU enlargement policy, Turkey’s process of EU accession, the relationship between religion and politics, identity politics, political Islam, multiculturalism and supranational .integration._x000D_ _x000D_ Paperback cover blurb:_x000D_ _x000D_ What impact do issues of culture, religion and identity have on Turkey’s chances of joining the EU? Are religious and cultural factors per se the primary obstacle to Turkish accession, or is it their interaction with other factors that is prolonging and complicating Turkey’s progress towards EU membership? _x000D_ _x000D_ Mirela Bogdani here analyses the complex range of factors that are influencing the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU, assesses the positions of different European actors towards Turkey’s pursuit of EU membership and identifies the reasons for the European opposition. She also analyses the issues of political Islam, multiculturalism and the compatibility of Islam with democracy. _x000D_ _x000D_ This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in EU politics, EU enlargement policy, EU-Turkey relations, the relationship between religion and politics, political Islam, multiculturalism and supranational integration._x000D_
Category: Religion

Growth Poverty And Inequality

Author : Mamta Murthi
ISBN : 0821361937
Genre : Business & Economics
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Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union have witnessed a significant decrease in poverty since the Russian financial crisis of 1998-99. Almost 40 million people moved out of poverty from 1998-2003. Three key factors contributed to poverty reduction: growth in wages, growth in employment, and more adequate social transfers. But poverty and vulnerability persist: more than 60 million people live on less than $2 a day. In their recommendations, the report's authors urge countries to continue with enterprise sector reforms, boost rural growth, promote opportunities in lagging regions, increase access to good quality basic services, and produce better social safety nets especially for the working poor and children.
Category: Business & Economics

Eu Enlargement And The Constitutions Of Central And Eastern Europe

Author : Anneli Albi
ISBN : 1139446150
Genre : Law
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In the wake of the EU's biggest enlargement, this book explores the adaptation of the constitutions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for membership in the European Union. In response to the painful past, these new constitutions were notably closed to transfer of powers to international organizations, and accorded a prominent status to sovereignty and independence. A little more than a decade later, the process of amending these provisions in view of the transfer of sovereign powers to a supranational organization has proved a sensitive and controversial exercise. This book analyses the amendments against the background of comparative experience and theory of sovereignty, as well as the context of political sensitivities, such as rising euroscepticism ahead of accession referendums.
Category: Law