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Between Actor and Presence: The European Union and the by George MacLean

By George MacLean

This choice of essays situates Canadian pursuits in the better context of political swap occurring in Europe and gives a context for the altering nature of this historic courting and the relative effect of latest institutions.

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Indeed, to the contrary, the general sense is that there will be a first wave, followed by another one or more later admissions. The shape of the group is likely to be influenced by history and politics more than technical preparedness of the applicants. In this context, a number of outcomes are possible: the first six applicants (the so-called "five plus one"); the NATO enlargement set (Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic); or some other small combination of countries. My analysis above suggests that the bigger the grouping, the later the enlargement will take place.

It cannot set both: criteria need to be fulfilled irrespective of when, while admission by a date suggests this will take place THE EUAND THE VARIABLES OF ENLARGEMENT 37 whether criteria are met or not. Second, the EU must decide on a group or all of the applicant states. At the present time, though negotiations will be conducted with the 12 applicants, there is no assumption that all will be admitted at once. Indeed, to the contrary, the general sense is that there will be a first wave, followed by another one or more later admissions.

But is it politically sensible, when it is surely more rational to admit all three in the same round? I have mentioned Cyprus above as a special problem that could ignite passions in Greece. But it is Poland that is at the heart of reasons for and problems with this enlargement. Most observers agree that Poland belongs in the first round of enlargement. And yet, it is not in the front group of states in terms of the Commission criteria. Furthermore, even when it is ready, the same size that makes Poland the heart of the reason for enlargement into Central and Eastern Europe is the heart of the difficulty, because the EU will have to adjust to another large member state.

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