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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
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NEW EUROPE AND ITS NEO-REGIONALISM: A WORKING CASE OF THE ‘COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRATIC CHOICE’; pp. 127–150

Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2008.2.02

Authors
Vlad Vernygora, Natalia Chaban

Abstract
This paper aims to analyse the phenomenon of neo-regionalism in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) identified in this research as a phenomenon of geo-politico-economical co-existence that represents a new form of multidimensional integration in the chosen area. Such a definition is primarily based on the recognition of states as political actors, rather than regions within states. Given that the concept of European regionalisation has been irrevocably connected to the concept of European integration, the CEE is arguably experiencing major geo-political ‘mutations’. In December 2005, several CEE states (namely Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine) opted to establish a new regional political association – the Community of Democratic Choice. Our paper scrutinises this new and unique regional grouping. Is it a hectic game of political ‘pigmies’ intended for short-term gains in desire to ‘buy’ recognition from more powerful neighbours? Or is it an activity of maturing European political powers and promising markets with a long-term perspective, which perhaps could result in a more cohesive Europe (if not a more enlarged European Union)?
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