This chapter examines the widening of the integration process. That is to say, it examines Economic Community (EC)/European Union (EU) enlargement. The chapter begins by emphasising how the enlargement process has mainly proceeded via a series of enlargement rounds. This is followed by an examination of key features of the enlargement rounds and of the member states that have been, and may in the future be, part of them. Attention is then turned to the EC/EU‘s positions on enlargement: why has it been prepared to enlarge given that in most respects it has been a successful organisation and that many applicants might have been thought to have threatened the success? The different ways in which enlargements have impacted on the nature and operation of the EC/EU are then considered. From an original EC membership of six (see Map 5.1), the EU has grown in size to 28 member states at the time of writing (autumn 2016).
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