Eu Enlargement And Its Impact On The World Of The Cold War

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While early EU history is marked by efforts to abridge political and economic gaps between formal enemies, recent EU enlargement is a one of tensions between established and new member interests and broader interests of the organization itself. In recent decades, the most prominent issue of EU integration is the ongoing discussion in established member states on expansion prospects. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War opened the possibility for immense political and economic transformation for Eastern European states. The result of this transformation brought the unprecedented possibility for many post-communist states to join the EU. This possibility, however, is met with hostility on domestic level in some of the…show more content…
Ultimately, in theory, binding normative ideas and not individual member states influence EU integration; however, in practice upholding essential norms, such as human rights, is plagued by double-standards in established and new members, just like in other parts of the world. The double-standards arise from shared practices that undermine human rights despite EU’s formal commitment to protect them. These limitations hamper Europeanization and proper norm diffusion, so in practice specific broad organizational objectives of established member states, such as desire to maintain a democratic sub-content, appear to drive the process of EU integration at this time. Conventional Wisdom about Heresthetics Riker’s view of Institutions as a source of heresthetics The heated domestic debates in established member states on new member accession exposes gaps in social consensus about new member accession in the EU. Broadly, social consensus in decision-making implies that minority and majority opinions are taken into account. The alienation of a minority group(s) in decision-making is often utilized by political rivals to spark a political backlash that can hurt the reputation of a politician or jeopardize the future of the dominant party or government. Since politicians are keenly aware of this possibility, they strategically establish options they prefer among competing
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