Reconciling the Deepening and Widening of the European Union

Reconciling the Deepening and Widening of the European Union

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Reconciling the Deepening and Widening of the European Union by Steven Blockmans

The recent rounds of enlargement have stretched the operational capacity of the European Union to the maximum, triggering a debate on the final shape and borders of the EU and prompting the Member States to review the framework of primary law on the basis of the failed Constitutional Treaty. Reconciling the desire to deepen European integration in several policy fields with the promises made to widen the Union with the current candidate countries (Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey) once they meet all criteria for membership is a big challenge, especially in view of the EU's ambitions to match the US in economic growth, connect with its own citizens and claim its role as a global player. The contributions to this timely volume provide an attempt at clarifying the legal possibilities and limits of models and concepts aimed at reconciling wishes of further 'deepening' and 'widening' of the European Union project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789067042642
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Edition description: 1st Edition.
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Dr Steven Blockmans is senior research fellow in EU law and deputy head of research at the T. M. C. Asser Institute, The Hague.

Professor Dr Sacha Prechal is Professor of European Law at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University and one of the directors of the Europa Instituut.

Table of Contents

The European Integration Process: A Continuum of ‘Deepening’ and ‘Widening’.- A Diagnosis of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: Remedies and Reforms in the Domains of Immigration, Terrorism and Security.- ‘Widening’ vs. ‘Deepening’ The European Union: Free Movement vs. Social Rights in the Laval Case Before The ECJ*.- Consolidating the Enlargement Agenda for South Eastern Europe.- Box of Chocolates Integration: The European Economic area and the Swiss Model Revisited.- On The European Union’s Institutional Capacity to Cope with Further Enlargement.- A Flexible Future for The European Union: The way Forward or a way Out?.- Widen to Deepen? The Potential and Limits of Accession Treaties to Achieve EU Constitutional Reform.- Keynote Speech.- Report of the Discussions.

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