Enlarging the European Union The Commission Seeking Influence, 1961-1973

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The first enlargement was one of the most divisive and politically charged events in the history of the present-day European Union.
French opposition to British membership meant that London had to wait more than a decade at the Community's door. Other countries, including Denmark and Ireland, whose requests for membership were tied to the coat-tails of the British applications, had to endure a similar wait. This book focuses on the early history of the EU and in particular the role played by the European Commission, an institution whose aim was to gain influence over the Community's agenda and to shape its policies, including the issue of enlargement. Enlarging the European Union explores the Commission's interaction with the member states and the applicant countries between the years 1961 and 1973 and also the Commission's attempts to gain and wield influence over the first enlargement round.

Author Biography

Michael J. Geary is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, USA, and Lecturer at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He has previously held a Fulbright-Schuman Fellowship at the Catholic University of America (DC), and a European Parliament-Geremek Research Fellowship at the College of Europe (Warsaw). He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Table of Contents

1. The Commission and Britain's First EEC Application, 1961-63: Negotiating an Empire?
2. The Commission and the Irish Application: Neutrality and the Economics of Membership, 1961-63
3. From Veto to Veto: Britain and the Commission, 1963-67
4. Ireland and the Policy of Failure: Knocking on the Commission's Door, 1963-67
5. Navigating the Gaullist Veto: From Brussels to The Hague, 1967-69
6. La bataille des chiffres: The Commission, and the Cost of British Membership, 1969-73
7. Challenging the Acquis: The Commission, Ireland, and the Common Fisheries Policy, 1969-73
8. Conclusions

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