Impact of the ‘Big bang’ enlargement on EU foreign policy – 10 years on

Monday, 5 May 2014
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The tendency within the EU today to blur distinctions between internal and external policies and between hard and soft security demands a more holistic and inclusive approach in tackling challenges and seizing opportunities if the EU is to make good on its foreign policy objectives. In his assessment of the impact of the ‘big bang’ enlargement on EU foreign policy a decade later, Steven Blockmans finds that the experience and expertise of the (by now not so) new member states has been and will continue to be indispensable for the European Union.

Steven Blockmans is Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and head of the EU Foreign Policy research programme.