European Enlargement and External Trade: Towards a Protectionist Regional Bloc?
By Jan Orbie
The next enlargement of the European Union with ten Candidate Countries may bring a major transformation of the Union. In this essay, we look at the consequences of the accession of these countries on EU trade policy. More specifically, we assess whether this enlargement could lead the Union to behave more like a protectionist regional bloc, as some fear. This political-science analysis deals with this question through two interrelated issues.
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