Enlargement has consistently been on the European Union’s agenda since the community was founded in the 1950s, and should be regarded as an ongoing process instead of a series of separate events. The latest enlargement, the so-called Eastern enlargement, was completed in 2007 and it has had a pivotal impact on the EU and the rest of the world. The enlargement has given the EU a crucial economic and political role in a global context today. Before the enlargement was completed, many were concerned that it would weaken the Union, endanger its nature and threaten its achievements. This thesis examines why the EU still completed the enlargement in spite of the above-mentioned concerns. It concentrates on proving that there were more reasons behind the Eastern enlargement than the official position expressed through peace and stability. The analysis of the thesis is backed up by specific theories that present possible explanations behind enlargement in the EU outlined by Lykke Friis and Neil Nugent. In this context it is examined whether or not the theories can explain the actual reasons behind the Eastern enlargement. The thesis also looks at which decisive factors that has made the enlargement possible and what effect it has had on the EU and the rest of the world. This includes a research determining whether or not the enlargement has granted the EU with the role of a superpower compared mainly to the United States. The final part of the thesis looks ahead and focuses on the European Union’s future enlargement plans.
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