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EUtopia and the Pull of Integration

  • Roberto BelloniEmail author
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Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Abstract

By the early 2000s European integration was almost universally recognized as the key strategy for achieving the twin goals of peace and prosperity in the Balkans. After a brief overview of the lessons learned during the first phase of intervention, the chapter examines the advantages and opportunities offered by the process of European integration. With its promise of eventual membership the EU aimed at sustaining political, economic and social transformations without, however, the blatant top-down policy imposition which characterized the early peacebuilding years in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of how Brussels’ initial promise of enlargement to the Balkans was soon sidelined by the EU member states’ own disagreements about the future shape of the Union.

Keywords

EU Enlargement Soft power Local ownership 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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