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"The Architecture of E.C. Relations with Central and Eastern Europe: 'Common House' or Just Neighborhood Improvement?"

Cutler, Robert M. (1991) "The Architecture of E.C. Relations with Central and Eastern Europe: 'Common House' or Just Neighborhood Improvement?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Fairfax, Virginia. (Unpublished)

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    One would not have thought the EC capable of doing much to promote the integration of the Soviet-bloc countries into the EC at the time Gorbachev came to power in Moscow. This changed not only because of Gorbachev's Westpolitik. It was the EC's adoption of the Single European Act (SEA) which created a basis for deepening EC integration--not least by replacing unanimity by a qualified majority necessary for reaching decisions pertinent to those principal articles of the Treaty of Rome which regard the establishment of the interior market--which then became the basis for the broadening of cooperation (if not integration) now evident. The political climate for adoption of the SEA was conditioned by President Reagan's announcement in March 1983 of the American intention to pursue the SDI program. The SEA set EC cooperation on a firmer footing, without which it would have had no dynamic through which to take action following the democratic revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe in late 1989.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    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 > 1991 (2nd), May 22-24, 1991
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 26
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:46

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