Nav 12.2: The future of EU enlargement

Length Browsing: 30 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
  • To analyze the arguments used in the debate on the future enlargement of the EU.
  • To use the European Navigator website
Introduction Enlargement of the European Union is increasingly becoming a contested issue in EU politics. In this exercise you examine and compare arguments in favour and against enlargement.
  • Go to the website of the European Navigator.
  • On the website, go to the section ‘Historical events’-> ‘1998-2009’->  ‘The enlargements of the European Union’ -> ‘How far should enlargement go?’. This section contains newspaper articles, (excerpts from) EU documents and recorded interviews on the subject of enlargement.
  • Select one source in favour and one source against enlargement. Read and/or listen to the arguments given.  Some sources may not be available in English. You can use Google translate to get some idea of the arguments being given.
  • What arguments are used for/against further EU enlargement?
  • What types of arguments are used? Are they related, for instance, to the economy, to geopolitical considerations, to domestic political considerations, to cultural identity, or to something else?
  • What explicit or implicit perspective do these arguments convey on the question what defines ‘Europe’?
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