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
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Common Foreign and Defense Policy, Core Europe, European integration, Multi-speed Europe, Poland|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be