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"France: an EU founder member cut down to size?"

Drake, Helen. (2005) "France: an EU founder member cut down to size?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      As EU founder member, France early on and for many years equated mere presence with influence on 'la construction europeenne'. It defined size in terms of grandeur and rank, which had far greater connotations than simple numbers of votes and seats. The Franco-German relationship also multiplied French influence. But over time, and particularly since the 2004 EU enlargement, French leaders have had to pay closer attention to the qualitiative and quantitative dimensions of member state size, and reconsider the tactics of power and influence - not to mention leadership - within the EU. This paper reviews the details of a France cut down to size in an enlarged and enlarging EU.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaullist; national influence; national stereotypes; national strategy.
      Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
      EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
      EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2005
      Page Range: p. 31
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24

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