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  1. Introduction
  2. The most important factors in the shaping of the EU
  3. The end of the Cold War
  4. The uneven development of the EU
  5. The development of the EU and its constituents
  6. The influence of leaders
  7. Conclusion
  8. Bibliography

On the 28th of March 2001, Lionel Jospin, the French Prime Minister made an interesting declaration: 'Europe is more than a market. It stands for a model of society that has grown historically.' . This statement refers to the development of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951 into the European Union (EU) that we know today. This development has been far from easy and steady and has depended on various factors such as international relations and international issues, the performances of the European Community, the member states and the leaders of the member states and the Community. Those factors have whether accelerated and facilitated the development of the EU or hindered it.

[...] It suggests one reason for which the development of the EU has been so uneven. Since the beginning, the member states and the EU institutions do not have a clear idea of the direction of the development of the EU (in a federalist direction? supranational?), partly because of the diversity of cultures and histories that compose it. Because there is not a clear definition of what the EU is or of where it is going, member states and the EU itself can not have a consistent policy Bibliography. [...]


[...] and Ian Bache Politics in the European Union. Oxford : Oxford University Press. Pp. 96-113. Glenn, J. 'EU Enlargement' in Cini, M European Union Politics. Oxford : Oxford University Press, pp. 211-228. Habermas, J 'Why Europe Needs a Constitution'. New Left Review : 5-26 Hudson, R 'One Europe or Many ? Reflections on Becoming European'. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. New Series, Vol No Junge, K. 'Differentiated Integration' in Cini, M European Union Politics. [...]

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