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The Member States of the European Union

The Member States of the European Union (2nd edn)

Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne
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date: 19 September 2021

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  • Simon Bulmer
  •  and Christian Lequesne


This chapter focuses on the current applicant states and examines the ways in which the Europeanization literature can be applied to candidates. It first considers the impact of enlargement upon the functioning of the European Union before discussing the attractiveness of the EU for the European states. It then assesses the impact of the EU on countries applying for membership and the implications of future enlargements for the role of member states within the EU institutions. It also explains how new enlargements will affect the role of institutional and policy differentiation in the EU and concludes with an analysis of the influence of the EU on countries that are Europeanized but not member states.

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