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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.
Chapter 12: Enlargement and the Meaning of Europe
Few developments have been more fundamental to shaping the identity both of Europe and of the European Union than enlargement. In the broader sweep of history, and on the wider international stage, the growth of the EU has been one of the most dramatic political and economic enterprises of recent decades, changing both the internal character and the external identity of the EU. Changes to the treaties may have been at the core of debates about the personality and work of the EU, the agenda of integration was for many years topped by the single market and the single currency, and the expansion of policy responsibilities has altered the goals and the reach of ...