Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A greater Europe? The European expansion and integration: Who is at the core and who is at the periphery of future Europe? The case of Poland
by Schiefer, Maximilian, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 65; 10305860
Abstract (Summary)

The European Union is currently in a phase of transition. The integration policy and the enlargement process of the EU have changed the requirements to its framework and institutions. The present structure of the European Union is no longer adequate to face future challenges. Accordingly the integration process needs to be reevaluated. However, not all members will be able to participate equally within the new framework. Some states are likely to hold prominent positions, while others will find themselves at the periphery. This thesis shows that the model of a “Multi Speed Europe” and especially differentiated circles of integration and cooperation will be the future of the European Union. The review of the expansion process shows that the EU has become to heterogenic to stick to old integration models. Political culture, national interest and economic performance highly determine the ability to integrate. The analysis of the Common Foreign/ Defense and Security Policy of the EU reveals that each political discipline will have its own core or circle of states that is closely integrated and willing to cooperate. The concentrated circles will remain open, giving other members opt-in possibilities. Poland’s political culture as well as its recent defense and security policy serve in the case study as an example for the future and current integration into the EU framework. Poland’s case is of special interest because of its geopolitical situation and political culture. Despite having a history of oppression and changing national interests, Poland greatly contributes to the development of an efficient and closely integrated CDSP. Especially the cooperation with France and Germany shows the new core circle of Europe regarding security policy. Finally, based on a summary of the main aspects of the European Expansion and Integration and an expert interview, this thesis provides short conclusion on the topic that includes future outlooks regarding the structure of Europe and its integration framework.

Key words: European Integration, Poland, Common Foreign and Defense Policy, Core Europe, Multi-speed Europe

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Haegel, Peter
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Common Foreign and Defense Policy, Core Europe, European integration, Multi-speed Europe, Poland
Publication Number: 10305860
ISBN: 9781369494242
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