Centre-periphery tensions regarding Central and Eastern Europe

Blahó, András (2012) Centre-periphery tensions regarding Central and Eastern Europe. In: A peaceful world is possible: In honour of Judit Balázs. University of West Hungary, Sopron, pp. 263-279. . ISBN 978-963-334-065-3

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Security issues have played an important role in widening the European Union with eight Central and Eastern European economies. The time since have proved these concerns to be correct. The present North-South tension within the Euro-zone highlights even more the West-East tensions inherent in the international relations since the Eastern enlargement. Various divisions – political and economic alike – have already been felt throughout the whole period of 2004-20122 (Balázs, J.1985, 1993, 1995, 1996). The worldwide economic crisis of 2008, however, has revealed even more the hidden tensions in these relations. The political events after the 2010 election in Hungary, those in Romania in 2012, the continuous anti-EU declarations of the Czech president present ample evidence to the fact: the enlargement has been based more on political wishes and will than on firm economic reasoning. The outcome is constant struggle between the parties to keep face and save the state of the European Union. Ongoing political and economic struggles around Greece, Portugal and Spain are other forms of fundamental problems within the European Union. It is worthwhile, hence to study the almost forgotten centre – periphery relations in this respect.

Item Type:Book Section
Divisions:Faculty of Economics > Department of World Economy
Subjects:Economic development
International relations
ID Code:1068
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:20 Dec 2012 10:40
Last Modified:20 Dec 2012 10:40

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