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Converging Pathways- Itinerarios Cruzados

Spain and the European Integration Process- España y el proceso de construcción europea

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Edited By Cristina Blanco-Sío Lopez and Susana Muñoz

Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments. Spain: An amalgam of creative tensions, of groundbreaking realisations, of successively frustrated and regained horizons and of long fought hopes. This monograph aims to analyse the vectors and degrees of convergence, the cohesion factors and the changing paradigms of the relation between both in a context marked by crisis and questioning. The key question in this realm is: Do they still revolve around converging pathways? The answer implies, at once, conscious mirrors and new determinations.
Europa: Fruto de una construcción que superó muchas de las sombras de su pasado por medio de la transformación de numerosos muros, prejuicios y confl ictos en puentes de cooperación y en desarrollos mutuamente enriquecedores. España: Una amalgama de tensiones creativas, ideas revolucionarias, horizontes sucesivamente frustrados y reconquistados y esperanzas por las que se lucha largamente. Esta obra tiene por objetivo analizar los vectores y grados de convergencia, los factores de cohesión y los paradigmas cambiantes de la relación entre ambas en un contexto de crisis y cuestionamiento. La pregunta clave en este sentido es: ¿Gravitan todavía en torno a itinerarios cruzados? La respuesta implica, a un tiempo, reflejos conscientes y nuevas determinaciones.
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La importancia del proceso de democratización y europeización en España para las transformaciones de la forma de gobierno en Polonia: (Stefan Bielański)

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← 338 | 339 → La importancia del proceso de democratización y europeización en España para las transformaciones de la forma de gobierno en Polonia

Stefan BIELAŃSKI

Professor, Institute of Political Sciences Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny (Kraków)1, Director of the Research Centre “Mediterraneum”

The analysis of the contemporary history of Poland and Spain is a point of departure for the problem posed in the title: “Meaning of the process of democratisation and europeanisation in Spain for the political changes in Poland in the 1980’s and 1990’s”. The analysis takes into consideration both some similarities (dictatorship regimes) and also some significant differences (dramatically different ideologies of the governing forces in both countries). The comparison of the history and political systems of Poland and Spain in the 20th century is going to be the basis of the comparative analysis of the turning points: on the one hand, paeceful and compromise breaking with the rule of Gen. Francisco Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, and on the other hand, the process of the political changes in Poland in the 1980’s, marked then by the creation of “Solidarity” (Polish: “Solidarność”) and the imposition of the Martial Law by Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski (in the years 1980-1981), but also by the collapse of communist systems in the whole Central and Eastern Europe triggered by the political changes in Poland in 1989. The analysis conducted in this way is going to be the basis for the discussion of Spain’s path to the...

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