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Poland, Germany and EU Enlargement: The Rising Prominence of Domestic Politics. ZEI Discussion Papers: 1999, C 51

Zaborowski, Marcin (1999) Poland, Germany and EU Enlargement: The Rising Prominence of Domestic Politics. ZEI Discussion Papers: 1999, C 51. [Discussion Paper]

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    Key Hypotheses. - As far as Polish and German strategic foreign policy objectives are concerned, the German-Polish relationship and the enlargement of the European Union to the East are interdependent. After the end of Communism in East Central Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Poland and Germany discovered a ‘community of interests’. This notion was based on the assumption of Poland’s future EU membership. - Currently, the process of EU enlargement has entered the stage of formal negotiations. The implications of this development for German-Polish relations are twofold. Firstly, the success of the accession process and subsequently the condition of the Polish-German relationship has become more dependent upon progress in all areas of Germany’s and Poland’s European diplomacy. Secondly, the relationship has been exposed to the influence of a larger group of domestic agents, some of which are not so concerned about strategic foreign policy objectives. - Germany’s current European policy prioritisation and domestic developments in both countries are slowing down the EU enlargement process with consequences for Polish-German relations. However, both countries strategic objectives - to complete the process of unifying Europe, remain unchallenged.

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    Item Type: Discussion Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > Poland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Bonn, Center for European Integration Studies > ZEI Discussion Papers
    Depositing User: Peter Zervakis
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2003
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 13:06

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