INTRODUCTION Five years after the ? fth enlargement and more than two years after the sixth - pansion of the European Union (EU), an attempt is being made to give those two 1 groundbreaking events a reality check. Arguably, the time has come to subject the triumphant political discourse, praising the unprecedented endeavor of expanding the European Union from ? fteen to twenty-seven Member States against the test of effectiveness. The crucial question is: has the patient survived the operation and is it 2 still alive and breathing normally? On the one hand, we may hear that the European Union is in crisis and the fundamental questions of ? nalité remain unanswered. We also hear of the constitutional drama and post-enlargement blues undermining the effectiveness of the integration enterprise. On the other hand, some argue that the two recent waves of enlargement have been the EU’s most successful foreign policy projects, which proved their purpose and justi? ed the political and economic sac- ? ces. To evaluate all pertinent factors underpinning the ? fth and sixth enlargements of the European Union would go beyond the scope of one book. That would require a multi-volume, interdisciplinary study of enormous proportions. The focus of this study is on the application of EU law in the twelve new Member States of the European Union.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Administrative law - Constitutional law - EU Law - European Union - European Union (EU) - European Union Law - European law - Integration - Law and Politics
West Meets East.- It Works! The European Union in the Wake of 2004 and 2007 Enlargements.- La Nouvelle Vague: The Introduction of a More Significant OST-Politik in the EU’s Security Policies.- East Meets West.- Constitutional Changes and Challenges in the New Member States.- Intertemporal Legal Issues in the European Union Case Law Relating to the 2004 and 2007 Accessions.- The New European Judges and the Limits of the Possible.- From Estonia to Bulgaria ... the Application of EU Law.- “Community, Identity, Stability”: Ideals and Practice in Building a Bridge Between the Legal Systems of the European Union and One of the Smallest of the “Brave New World”.- Lithuania’s Membership in the European Union and Application of EU Law at National Level.- The Application of EU Law in Latvia.- Poland: Constitutional Drama and Business as Usual.- What about That “Incoming Tide”? the Application of EU Law in the Czech Republic.- Europe Yet to Come: The Application of EU Law in Slovakia.- The Application of EU Law in Hungary: Challenges and Emerging Practices.- The Application of Eu Law in Slovenia: Teething Troubles of the Blue-Eyed Boy.- Malta and European Union Law.- “Back to Reality”: The Implications of EU Membership in the Constitutional Legal Order of Cyprus.- The Application of EU Law in Romania.- Learning the Hard Way: Bulgaria and EU Law.- Conclusions.- Conclusions.