||Browsing: 30 minutes Reporting: 25 minutes
- To analyze the arguments used in the debate on the future enlargement of the EU.
- To use the CVCE website.
||Enlargement of the European Union is an increasingly contested issue in EU politics. In this exercise, you examine and compare arguments in favour and against enlargement.
- Go to CVCE.
- Under ePublications, click on ‘European integration studies/ Historical events’.
- Open ‘1998-2009. The unification of Europe’.
- Under The enlargements of the European Union, click on ‘How far should enlargement go?’.
- Open the Resources section. Here you can find newspaper articles, (excerpts from) EU documents, and recorded interviews on the subject of enlargement.
- Select one source in favour and one against enlargement. Read and/or listen to the arguments. (Note that some sources may not be available in English. In this case you can use Google translate to get some idea of the arguments.)
- What arguments are used in the enlargement debate?
- 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 of what defines ‘Europe’?
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