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The Baltic States return to Europe: the Baltic Re-integration Problem between the Nordic and the EU Option. JMWP No. 11.97, September 1997

Santangelo, Grazia D. (1997) The Baltic States return to Europe: the Baltic Re-integration Problem between the Nordic and the EU Option. JMWP No. 11.97, September 1997. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    The disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War generated a multilateral order in which new actors are looking for their reintegration in the new international system. In this context, the situation of the Baltic states (i.e. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) is rather peculiar when looking at geography and history. Geographically closed to the Nordic democracies and historically linked to Germany, the young republics have been attempting to reinsert themselves internationally by revitalising these connections. In order to achieve this goal, the Balts were likely to go through two possible avenues (i.e. the creation of a Nordic-Baltic regional organisation and the Baltic integration in the European Union - EU). In this paper, the choice of the latter will be explained by two main arguments: the recent integration of Finland and Sweden in the EU as well as the attraction for the stable institutionalisation of the EU integration as an historical factor.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional Integration; EU-Nordic relations.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Latvia
    Countries > Estonia
    Countries > Lithuania
    Countries > Finland
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Baltics
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Sweden
    Countries > Nordic area
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Catania > Department of Political Studies, European Centre Jean Monnet "Euromed", Jean Monnet Working Papers in Comparative and International Politics
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2003
    Page Range: p. 15
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:15
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/411

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