10 Years ago, the political geography of Europe changed: 10 Central and Eastern European countries joined the European Union. Much has happened in the meantime: The unresolved institutional reform in the EU after the rejection of Constitutional treaty and the global economic crisis changed the European political landscape. The sovereign debt crisis revealed cracks in the very core elements of the integration process. Worries about sustainability of public finance and the lack of competitiveness shifted the attention from Central and Eastern Europe to Mediterranean countries. Did the biggest enlargement in the EU history meet the expectations of the new members? Does it make sense to differ between new and old countries at all? Is creeping populism and euroscpeticism the new trend in Central and Eastern Europe? What are the biggest challenges before the upcoming European Parliament elections and what are the possible future scenarios for the further development of the EU-28?
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