Germany and east-central Europe

political, economic and socio-cultural relations in the era of EU enlargement

Steve Wood*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This innovative volume analyzes historical, strategic and domestic political influences on the character and dynamics of the European Union's eastern enlargement. Its main focus is on interactions between Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, in political-diplomatic, commercial-economic and socio-cultural fields. The book also examines the wider European and international contexts to show that as enlargement advanced, we also witnessed an increase in the potential for conflict among EU members, old and new. Steve Wood provides an eclectic and topical appraisal, which identifies the German state as the crucial actor in both the enlargement venture and parallel processes of bilateral reconciliation. The book is recommended to those with interests in contemporary Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, and European integration.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages245
ISBN (Electronic)9781351157438, 9781351157445
ISBN (Print)9780815389224
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

First published 2004 by Ashgate Publishing.

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