The 2004 entry of 10 Central and Eastern European countries, along with Malta and Cyprus, into the EU has caused a huge shift in the EU's external boundaries. The socio-economic and political transformations that this shift has caused not only suggest new regional development opportunities, but also many potential problems and tensions. While the EU insists that enlargement will not signify 'new divisions', processes of inclusion and exclusion and the imposition of visa restrictions on non-EU citizens could pose obstacles to co-operation, conjuring fears of an emerging 'fortress Europe' that effectively divides the continent.
Illustrated with case studies from Central and Eastern European border areas, this book examines capacities for region building across national borders in within the context of EU enlargement, synthesizing the various insights provided by local information and suggesting ways forward for the future development of the EU's 'Wider Europe' strategy.
Contents: Part I Introduction: Aims and Outline of the Book: Wider Europe as a backdrop, James Wesley Scott. Part II Borders and the Geopolitics of EU Enlargement: Wider Europe: geopolitics of inclusion and exclusion at the EU's new external boundaries, James Wesley Scott; Geopolitics of scale and cross-border cooperation in Eastern Europe: the case of the Romanian-Ukrainian-Moldovan borderlands, Gabriel Popescu; The European community as a gated community: between security and selective access, Henk van Houtum and Roos Pijpers. Part III EU Enlargement and its Impact at New External Borders: Changing border situations within the context of Hungarian geopolitics, Zoltan Hajdu and Imre Nagy; The impact of EU enlargement on the external and internal borders of the new neighbours: the case of Ukraine, Olga Mrinska; Regional cooperation in the Ukrainian-Russian borderlands: wider Europe or post-Soviet integration?, Tatiana Zhurzhenko; The new neighbourhood: a `Constitution' for cross-border cooperation?, Ilkka Liikanen and Petri Virtanen. Part IV Evolving Cooperation Frameworks and Cross-Border Regional Development: The impact of EU enlargement on Moldovan-Romanian relationships, Alla Skvortova; Euroregions along the Eastern borders of Hungary: a question of scale?, Bela Baranyi; Transboundary interaction in the Hungarian-Romanian border region: a local view, Gyula Szabo and Gabor Koncz; Patterns of legal and illegal employment of foreigners along the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, Istvan Balscok, and Laszlo Dancs; Local and regional cross-border cooperation between Poland and Ukraine, Katarzyna Krok and Maciej Smetkowski. Part V Cross-Border Cooperation and Regional Development at the Former External Borders: Normalizing Polish-German relations: cross-border cooperation in regional development, Grzegorz Gorzelak; Regional development in times of economic crisis and population loss: the case of Germany's Eastern border regionalism, Hans-Joachim Burkner; Bibliography; Index.
About the Editor: Dr James Wesley Scott is from the Department of Geography at Free University of Berlin, Germany.
Reviews: ‘It is never possible to visit the same border twice; for practises at and the wider meanings of borders are continually changing. Europe has been a vanguard for such changes. Today, deepening European integration and Europe's new and prospective “enlargement” set fresh agendas. This collection – based on case studies from Central and Eastern Europe – charts these and will long be an essential reference point.’
James D. Sidaway, Loughborough University, UK
'…the book brings valuable new insights to important aspects of EU expansion.'
Journal of Contemporary European Studies
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