From Soviet Republics to EU Member States: A Legal and Political Assessment of the Baltic States' Accession to the EU, Volume 1

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008 - Law - 584 pages
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From Soviet Republics to EU Member States addresses the legal and political challenges surrounding the EU accession of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Based upon a profound analysis of the Baltic States historic development and international legal status, this book examines the gradual development of bilateral relations between the EU and each of the Baltic countries. It discusses the strategic policy choices made in the EU s fifth enlargement wave and the consequences of its pre-accession strategies. Specific attention is devoted to the impact of enlargement on the triangular relationship between the EU, the Baltic States and Russia. Finally, the constitutional changes within the Baltic States and within the European Union itself are taken into account.

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Chapter One The Legal Framework of EU Enlargement 199
Acknowledgements xiii
Chapter Three Catching up with the Countries of Central

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Peter Van Elsuwege studied International Relations and European Law at Ghent University and obtained his Ph.D. in Law in July 2007. His research focuses on EU external relations. He is presently Assistant Professor at the European Institute of Ghent University.

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