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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Europe: the fruit of a willing construction that superseded much of its past darkness by gradually transforming numerous walls, prejudices and conflicts into bridges of cooperation and mutually enriching developments.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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On the Mediterranean Shores of the EU. Geography, Identity, Economics and Politics: (Massimo Piermattei)

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Geography, Identity, Economics and Politics

Massimo PIERMATTEI

Post-doctoral Fellow Università della Tuscia

The blue expanse of Mediterranean,charmer and deceiver of brave men,kept the secret of its charm.J. Conrad

Over a 60-year span, the European Union has gone from a “Club of Six” to a 27-member Union, and many more countries are now in the wings hoping to join – with varying chances of success. The consequences of enlargements in the history of European integration have usually been studied largely from an institutional point of view – their impact on institutions and especially the precarious equilibrium within the Council of Ministers – or from the perspective of EU policy and the development of common policies. The 2004 enlargement to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe has been studied in greater depth, mostly as a result of its political and historical significance in terms of the reunification of Europe and the end of the Cold War, and to some extent purely because of the unusually high number of countries acceding at one time.

However, some crucial fields have remained largely unexplored, for example how each enlargement has changed the map of the European Union as a whole from the perspective of its social, economic and political cultures and intrinsic identity. With the enlargement process, the idea of a single path forward for the European Union has become largely redundant, giving way...

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