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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 higher context of political switch happening in Europe and offers a context for the altering nature of this ancient courting and the relative impression of present institutions.

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Between Actor and Presence: The European Union and the Future for the Transatlantic Relationship

This number of essays situates Canadian pursuits in the higher context of political switch happening in Europe and offers a context for the altering nature of this old courting and the relative impact of current associations.

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The collapse in the late 1980s of communism in the former Soviet bloc created a political, economic, and security climate that made discussion of closer cooperation almost imperative. Among the most important of the conditions arising out of this climate was the unification of Germany and the attendant need, recognized as much by the German government as by its member state partners in the Community, to create an enhanced institutional nexus in which the powerful new Federal Republic could voluntarily be contained through its closer integration in Community structures and processes.

It is argued by some that Poland is so important that it must be admitted in the first group of states. Yet its very size, as well THE EUAND THE VARIABLES OF ENLARGEMENT 31 as its agricultural and heavy industrial base, are making for difficult and drawn-out negotiations and a willingness on the part of the Poles to use their bargaining power. In the case of Cyprus, the Republic may well achieve most of the formal requirements for membership in the EU in the future. But how does one deal with the division of the island?

Distributional issues within the current EU have underlaid many of the difficulties regarding earlier enlargements. 32 Change THE EUAND THE VARIABLES OF ENLARGEMENT 33 in the levels and nature of funding under the CAP is very controversial between member states, as was seen at the Cologne European Council meeting in 1999, and in addition has the potential to spark the peculiar form of social conflict that has been seen in earlier farmers' protests across Europe and in Brussels. 33 Meanwhile, domestic political issues are also likely to figure in the calculations of the present EU members.

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