The Enlargement of the EU and Improvement of Security Research Paper

The Enlargement of the EU and Improvement of Security
An analysis of how the enlargement of the European Union (EU) has improved security in central and eastern Europe.
# 129221 | 2,660 words | 12 sources | APA | 2009 | KE
Published on Sep 21, 2010 in European Studies (European Union) , International Relations (General)

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The purpose of this essay is to analyze how the enlargement of the EU has improved security in Central and Eastern Europe. The paper explains that the enlargement was achieved through motivational power whereby the EU provides the accession criteria and prospect of membership, economic power through giving fund assistance and enhancing trade and foreign direct investment, and finally through institutional power using various institutional arrangements. The paper discusses the limitations of EU enlargement, policy recommendations such as resource allocated financial assistance, and effective use of the European Neighborhood Policy. Following this analysis, the paper concludes that the EU enlargement has played a major role in improving the security situation of central and eastern Europe.

Effectiveness of EU Enlargement as a Security Mechanism
EU Normative and Motivational Power
EU's Economic Power
EU's Institutional Power

From the Paper:

"The European Neighbourhood Policy should be given adequate consideration with EU enlargement and the new member states should be given an opportunity to contribute to its agenda (Batory, 2003). The countries themselves should be the engines of change and therefore the EU should be cautious on how they deal with conditionality and withdrawal of assistance to countries. Russia should not be underestimated as it is growing stronger economically especially with the powerful gas lobby it enjoys and its impact on foreign policy. The EU should therefore continue to use its conditionality with regard to dealings with Russia but at the same time try to maintain a strong partnership with it (Ioana, 2007). EU enlargement therefore meets its primary aim of improving security in the CEECs but should continue to collude with NATO for military capacity to guarantee security (Olli, 2005)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brockmann, K. and Bosold, D. (2009) 'Democratisation and Security in Central and Eastern Europe and the Post-Soviet States',, consulted on 19.4.10
  • Carmen, S. (2008) 'The Benefits and Limitations of European Union Membership as a Security Mechanism',, consulted on 19.4.10
  • Edwards G. (2006) 'Is there a Security Culture in the Enlarged European Union?', consulted on 19.4.10
  • Giamouridis, A. (2007) 'Only through Enlargement: The New European Myth',, consulted on 18.4.10
  • Heather, G. (2001) 'Profiting from EU enlargement',, consulted on 19.4.10

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