Fifteen years on from the EU’s enlargement, the extension arguably sabotaged more than just the quest for an ever-closer union
- Mary Dejevsky
Fifteen years ago this week, the European Union grew overnight from 15 members to 25 in the biggest and most ambitious enlargement it had ever ventured.
The new members, eight of them former Soviet-bloc states, were ablaze with celebratory fireworks; there was ecstatic waving of blue and gold flags;
Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” played on a seemingly eternal loop.
And among the most enthusiastic supporters of this larger, wider EU was none other than the…