Policy Forum

EU Enlargement: Unique Opportunity or Historic Mistake?

April 29, 2004 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Rastislav Kacer, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic; William Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute; Marian Tupy, Project on Global Economic Liberty, Cato Institute; and E. Wayne Merry, Senior Associate, American Foreign Policy Council.

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On May 1, 2004, the European Union will undergo the largest expansion in its history. Ten new members, including eight countries from the former Soviet bloc, will accede to the union. Successful completion of that arduous process will no doubt be celebrated. But it also raises some important questions. What will be the political and economic consequences of the expansion for Central and East European countries? How will accession change the balance of power within the EU and the way European decisions are made? What will be the impact of EU enlargement on the union’s relations with the United States? Please join our panel for a stimulating discussion.