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Edited by Péter Balázs

Péter Balázs is Jean Monnet professor at the International Relations and European Studies department of the Central European University, Budapest ; Former member of the European Commission; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary

The European Union has succeeded to considerably expand its influence during the past twenty years. The three rounds of enlargement and the strengthening of the EU’s economic and political presence in its neighborhood are among the most remarkable successes of its post-Cold War history. The Union is one of the key facilitators of stability in the Western Balkans; it represents an institutional and normative anchor for countries in Eastern Europe and acts as a partner for a thriving economic partnership with most of the Mediterranean states. During the past few years, however, the changing international order, the deterioration of European competitiveness and the need for internal compromises have begun to challenge the belief in the Union’s future capabilities to actively mold its environment, bringing the problem of the capabilities-expectations gap once again to the fore.

The essays in this book analyze the interaction between two processes: the evolving influence of the European Union in the wider European space, and its adaptation to the changing global environment.


mechanisms (2) Discourses on the EU’s international role and external (3) The weakening magnet: Economic Prospects of the EU and its effects on the (4) Post-Lisbon strategies and their implications for a wider Europe (5) Divided leadership? - The changing transatlantic relationship and its effects on EU external action (6) Emerging rival or dynamic partner? – The EU and Russia (7) Challenging the Union’s finalité – the EU and the Western Balkans (8) The forever candidate - Turkey and the EU (9) The Moslim courtyard - the EU in the Maghreb (10) The promises and future of the Eastern Partnership Notes on Contributors

Published by Center for EU Enlargement Studies
Distributed by CEU Press

250 pages, paperback, 2013
ISBN 978-963-8982-20-9
$35.00 / €30.00 / 24.99