Alistair J.K. Shepherd
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The implications of EU enlargement for the European security and defence policy
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This chapter provides an overview of the foreign policy priorities and interests of the new member states (NMS), highlighting areas of match and mismatch with those of the European Union (EU) fifteen. The NMS have been active in both civilian and military operations. They have approached these operations with the same political pragmatism that has shaped their attitude to EU-North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) relations: support the EU while keeping the US on side. The chapter examines the capabilities the NMS bring to European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) to tackle these policies, to determine whether a new capabilities gap will emerge or whether enlargement will help overcome the capability shortfalls. It assesses the impact of enlargement on ESDP decision making and leadership. It concludes with an overall assessment of the opportunities and risks enlargement brings to ESDP and thus its ability to enhance the EU's role in international security.

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The security dimensions of EU enlargement

Wider Europe, weaker Europe?

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