Ireland and the European Union: Nice, Enlargement and the Future of Europe

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Manchester University Press, Nov 29, 2005 - Political Science - 207 pages
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This book analyzes Ireland's relationship with the EU in the wake of Ireland's shock "No" vote to the Treaty of Nice and the major changes in the EU since enlargement. It is the first book to examine the "No" vote in detail, and to look at Ireland's engagement with the issues of enlargement and the negotiation of the draft constitution. It asks whether or not Ireland, which has long been regarded as a pro-European member-state, has changed its approach to the EU, and explores the implications and the lessons for the EU and for other member-states.
 

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Contents

The economic challenge of enlargement
14
EU environmental policy and Ireland Bernadette Connaughton
36
Europe and Irelands changing security policy Nicholas Rees
55
The development of opposition to European integration
75
Irish public opinion and the new Europe John Coakley
94
states AprilMay 2001
101
Irelands European discourse and the National Forum
114
Ireland and the Convention on the Future of Europe
133
Northern Ireland and the future of Europe debate
151
the impact of Nice
171
Ireland and the future of Europe Michael Holmes and Nicholas Rees
189
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Michael Holmes is Director of European Studies and Head of the Irish Studies Research Group in Liverpool Hope University College.

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