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Hard-won but vital: EU enlargement in historical perspective

Ludlow, Piers ORCID: 0000-0002-4883-4536 (2013) Hard-won but vital: EU enlargement in historical perspective. Crisis of EU Enlargement. pp. 12-18.

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Enlargement has become one of the defining features of the European integration process. This was neither foreordained nor predicted by those who drafted the Treaty of Rome between 1956 and 1957. The founding fathers mentioned the possibility of countries joining in the Treaty preamble. They also included Article 237, which provided more detail on the procedure for new countries to join. But nothing in the historical record indicates any realisation on their part of how central the expansion of the European Community (EC)/EU would be to the integration process. Still, in the sixty years of subsequent development, ‘widening’ has in many ways had the most dramatic impact on the process that the Treaty set in motion.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International History
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 17:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:46

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