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Chapter 4: The Future of Small States in the EU
Small states do not constitute a coherent group of members in the European Union. Size as such is not the decisive factor in the member states' coalitions in decision-making situations. Other cleavages like the north-south divide, intergovernmental-federal split or political divisions between the ruling governments are of much greater importance. A divide between Euro-sceptical governments and more pro-integrationist governments is also more prominent than the one between large and small members.
Yet the tension between small and large member states has emerged as one of the main issues on the agenda of last three intergovernmental conferences. The Maastricht process revealed the issue. The enlargement of 1995 and the Amsterdam process further ...