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Intereconomics

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 131–139 | Cite as

The EC and the changes in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Rudolf Hrbek
East-West Relations
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Abstract

Political developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the process of German unification present the EC with a major challenge. How has the EC reacted to these changes so far? What contribution can the eC make to overcoming the division of Europe?

Keywords

Eastern European Country German Unification German Nation State German Dominance German Monetary Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Hrbek
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TübingenWest Germany

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