What a difference
from the 2004 enlargement! At that time 10 states joined the European
Union not only to create one of the largest areas of democracy and
rule of law in the world but also because Europe wished to be closer
to Yalta’s post World War II scenario.
I still remember
elderly people crying in Warsaw on that historical May 1st. The
reason for so many tears was deep-rooted. On that long awaited day
Poland finally defeated the tragic geostrategic situation which
provoked four divisions of the country during the last three
After 2004, EU
membership for new candidate nations has changed meaning. The
idealist approach has given way to more pragmatic considerations.
Nation states massage the public opinion to believe that “Aunt
Europe” will pay for all and solve internal problems.