Party Ideology and European Integration: An East-West Comparison
On May 1, 2004, eight former communist societies entered the European Union, with two more anticipating membership by 2007. These are decisive events in the stitching together of Europe after the demise of communism. The prospect and experience of membership in the European Union is simply the most effective means yet devised to disseminate and consolidate the defining ideals of Western civilization— civil rights, markets, and democracy. Enlargement is a geopolitical process extending Western norms, and hence peace and economic growth, to bordering countries. But what are the consequences of enlargement for the European polity? Do East and West view the issues arising from European integration through the same or different eyes?
KeywordsPolitical Party European Integration European Parliament Radical Left Economic Equality
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