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God Save the Community: Greece's Entry into the EEC

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Tower 2, room 9.04
Speaker: Dr Eirini Karamouzi; Discussant: Dr Piers Ludlow; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

The financial and economic crises that gripped Greece in 2010 set in motion a domino effect that upset the stability of the Euro. It opened the floodgates to a seemingly endless stream of accusations and recriminations over the economic, financial and political origins of the Greek crisis, with European political elites and the press alike questioning even Greece’s entry to the EEC. This heightened interest from the public calls for a deeper understanding of Greece’s relations with Europe, starting with a historical analysis of Greece’s road to EEC membership.

Why did the Europeans say ‘YES’ to Greece? What was the rationale?  These questions are explored in Dr Eirini Karamouzi's new book, Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979: the Second Enlargement, which will be launched at the event.

Watch Dr Karamouzi discuss this issue and her book here.

Book Reviews

'Drawing on hitherto unexploited historical material, Eirini Karamouzi offers an unprecedented account of a critical period in EU and Modern Greek history with profound implications for the present. A must read for anyone interested in Greece, Cold War history, the dynamics of EU accession, the workings of EU institutions and negotiations, and ultimately the transformative impact of enlargement on European integration.' - Kalypso Nicolaidis, University of Oxford, UK

'The accession of Greece in the EEC may strike us today as a rather minor historical detail lost in the seventies. Not quite so! In her meticulously researched and highly readable book, Eirini Karamouzi shows that it was a milestone in the evolution and transformation of the European Economic Community. An important contribution to the history of the European integration, it also redirects our attention to the deeply political essence of the integration process and its powerful role in the continent's democratization.' - Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University, USA

'The story of Greece's fateful EEC accession as presented by a talented young historian; a tale very well told, with great implications both for our understanding of EU history and contemporary international issues.' - Odd Arne Westad, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

'Karamouzi's book adds a lot to our knowledge about Greece's road to EEC membership during the 1970s and the history of EU enlargement more generally. It is deeply grounded in archival research, particularly on the Community and its member states. It demonstrates the complexity of negotiations and the transformative impact of enlargement on the Community in the long run.' - Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University, Netherlands

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information please email us here.



Dr Eirini Karamouzi is Lecturer in Contemporary History, University of Sheffield, A.G. Leventis Fellow, Oxford University and Executive Director for the LSE Commission on Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS, and author of Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979: the Second Enlargement.




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




Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.



TW2, room 9.04, London School of Economics. Map.


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