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Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership

Happy Ever After?

edited by: Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan, Sabina Stan
published by: Routledge
pp: 238
price: Paperback - $52.95; Hardback - $165.00

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This book examines how membership of the European Union has affected life in the ten former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are now members of the European Union. It attempts to answer some fundamental questions: Was the reward of EU membership worth the sacrifices made? How have the new member states fared? Has the promise of EU membership, on which so many expectations were based, been realised? Or have the new member states traded a Socialist Commonwealth with Moscow pulling the strings for an over-centralised Brussels bureaucracy that lacks transparency and accountability? How has a shared communist past influenced the countries’ post-socialist and post-accession trajectory? How have the populations of post-communist Europe fared? Have some done better than others? Are these divergences confined to the political, economic or social spheres, or to more than one? If there have been disappointments, how have the populations reacted to these?
By taking stock of debates within domestic elites, popular opinion, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and external actors, this book seeks to answer these crucial questions.


Table of contents

Foreword Alexsander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland 1995-2005
Introduction Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan

1. Poland Jane Hardy
2. The Czech Republic Frank Cibulka
3. Slovakia Vladimir Bilcik and Juraj Buzalka
4. Hungary Umut Korkut

5. Slovenia Matevz Tomsic and Lea Prijon
6. Lithuania Mindaugas Jurkynas
7. Latvia Zaneta Ozolina

8. Estonia Viljar Veebel and Ramon Loik

9. Romania Lavinia Stan and Rodica Zaharia
10. Bulgaria Svetlozar Andreev
Conclusion Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan


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