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This book shows that the European Union (EU)'s multi-layered system of decision making was unequal to the stark challenges presented by a candidate with as many problems as Romania. The forms of assistance the EU devised for candidates proved unsuitable for Romania. The EU's emphasis on rapid privatisation had two clearly unforeseen effects, which were bound to adversely affect Romania's future role as a full member. The story of Romania and the EU helps to illustrate the unhelpful way that Western political concepts can be transferred to the South-East European context and how they have been diluted and even deformed in the process. The book then describes how the apparently weak local forces opposed to substantially changing the political rules established after 1989 outwitted an unprepared and irresolute EU. An overview of the chapters included in the book is finally shown.

Romania and the European Union

How the weak vanquished the strong

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