From Negotiations to Accession: Lessons from the 2007 Enlargement

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    Abstract

    Although overshadowed by the ‘big bang’ enlargement of 2004, the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU in 2007 was more than simply a ‘coda’ enlargement. It had its own distinctive features and provides important insights into how the EU’s handling of enlargement is evolving. It established a number of interesting and potentially significant precedents and provided timely reminders of how important political and public opinion can be for ratification. Examination of the period from negotiating the terms of membership to the actual accession of the two applicants underlines the dynamic and increasingly uncertain nature of the EU enlargement process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)240-253
    Number of pages14
    JournalPerspectives on European Politics and Society
    Volume10 (2)
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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