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By Dan Marek, Michael Baun

This e-book examines the connection among the Czech Republic and the ecu Union (EU). The authors learn the Czech Republic’s highway to european club in 2004 and determine how ecu accession has affected or replaced the Czech Republic, together with its family politics, governing associations and public rules. It additionally examines how the Czech Republic has behaved as an ecu member country, addressing the questions:

  • What are the Czech Republic’s pursuits within the ecu and the way has it sought to steer ecu policymaking?
  • How have Czech pursuits and behavior been formed via the country’s place as: a brand new member country; a small member country; a comparatively terrible member country; and a post-communist member kingdom?

The e-book additionally addresses the Czech Republic’s arrangements for assuming the ecu presidency in January 2009, and evaluates the particular behavior of the presidency. even supposing a case research of a unmarried member country, this publication sheds mild on a few broader issues or concerns concerning the european and its member states. It contributes to educational debate and data concerning the european and eu integration, together with the debates on Europeanization and the function of small states within the european.

This booklet will of curiosity to scholars and students of the eu Union, ecu politics and Post-Communist politics.

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A major reason for this delay was the Euroskeptical views of Prime Minister Klaus. An admirer of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Klaus was a strong believer in economic neo-liberalism and a defender of national sovereignty against encroachment by Return to Europe 17 the EU or other international bodies. 8 At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 1995, Klaus argued that the EU’s protectionist agricultural policies should be changed instead of the Czech Republic and other candidate states having to adopt them, prompting the EU’s Commissioner for Enlargement, Hans Van den Broek, to respond that it was not the EU that wanted to join the Czech Republic but the other way around (cited in Kopecký and Učeň 2003: 167).

17 Gradually, though, the country’s profile improved, with its best report coming in 2002, near the end of the accession negotiations. The accession negotiations themselves were formally opened at a ceremony on 30 March 1998 that was attended by all of the applicant states. The significance of this moment for the Czech Republic was underscored by Foreign Minister Jaroslav Šedivý, who described it as a historic opportunity, enabling the country to assume “its rightful place at the heart of Europe, a place from which it was excluded because of ‘historical events and communism’” (James 1998: 1).

This approach met with tremendous resistance from farmers in the candidate countries, who argued that it made them into second-class citizens. They held mass demonstrations and protests in the run-up to accession, including in Prague, demanding equal treatment and calling for an end to such blatant discrimination. But the EU member states were also unhappy as they felt that the level of direct payments for the accession countries was too high and would have negative consequences for the EU budget (Havel 2002).

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