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The Future of EU Enlargement

Tuesday 26 November, 6:30-8:00, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE
Speakers: Lawrence Meredith, John Peet; Dimitar Bechev; Discussant: Robert Cooper; Chair: Piers Ludlow 

Enlargement is widely hailed as the EU’s most successful policy, largely responsible for the successful transition from dictatorship to democracy first in Southern Europe, then in Central and Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War. Yet forty years after the first enlargement, which saw the UK join the European Community, confidence in the European project seems to be at an all-time low. From enlargement fatigue within the EU to the fading prospects of Turkish accession to Ukraine’s rejection of closer ties with the EU, enlargement faces daunting challenges. In the context of the ongoing economic and political crises in the EU, we may well ask: Is EU Enlargement in crisis?

A new LSE IDEAS Special Report, The Crisis of EU Enlargement, was launched at this event.

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Lawrence Meredith, Head of Strategy and Policy, Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission



John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist


Dimitar Bechev, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Sofia Office, European Council for Foreign Relations



Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper, EEAS Counsellor and Visiting Professor, LSE IDEAS




Piers Ludlow is Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS.