Visegrád: the evolving pattern of co-ordination and partnership after EU enlargement

Törő, C., Butler, E. and Grúber, K. (2014) Visegrád: the evolving pattern of co-ordination and partnership after EU enlargement. Europe-Asia Studies, 66(3), pp. 364-393. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2013.855392)

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Multilateral, subregional partnerships are one of the defining features of contemporary European politics. The 2004 enlargement of the European Union introduced a new partnership entity to the mix—the Visegrád Group of states, comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia—which offers its members a useful model to discuss and represent common interests in a collective manner within the regional and international political landscape. The article provides a reflection on the evolution of the Visegrád Group of states since 2004. It examines four key policy areas (institutional candidacy, energy policy, eastern neighbourhood and defence policy) where the group has either learned some difficult lessons or is seeking to apply those lessons. The article suggests that the Visegrád Group's greatest strength lies in its flexibility to become more responsive to the challenges it faces and it is likely therefore to remain appealing to its member states and to be a permanent feature within the wider cohort of European Union subregional partnerships.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Butler McIntosh, Dr Eamonn
Authors: Törő, C., Butler, E., and Grúber, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3427

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