A curse or a blessing?


“Enlargement has often been viewed in a negative fashion by those inside the EC/EU,seen as a time consuming and energy sapping process, liable to disrupt existing bargains and introduce unwelcome new challenges. The after-effects of enlargement have also been blamed for slowing down and complicating the operation of the Community/Union. But are such complaints really fair? And should it also be recognised that enlargement has actually been a source of dynamism, both in terms of what the newcomers have brought but also because of the effects that the prospect of enlargement has frequently had on internal discussions and debate?”

The speech wil be followed by a reception 

The keynote lecture is part of the ENLARGEMENT-conference.