Under the impact of accelerated globalization, transnational integration and international security concerns, the geopolitics of Europe's borders and border regions has become an area of critical interest. The progressive enlargement of the EU has positioned its borders at the heart of recent discussions on the changing nature of the EU, the meaning of 'Europe' and what constitutional shape a more politically unified Europe might take.

With enlargement, the EU must elaborate strategies to contend with a fiercely competitive world - and to build fortress-like defences against perceived tensions arising from greater cultural mixing and threats such as terrorism. The authors build up an integral picture of the EU's internal and external borders and borderlands to reveal the processes of re-bordering and social change currently taking place in Europe. They explore issues such as security, immigration, economic development and changing social and political attitudes, as well as the EU's relations with the Islamic world and other world powers. The book embraces an array of disciplinary, ideological and theoretical perspectives, offering detailed case studies of different border regions and the concerns of the local inhabitants, while engaging in broader discussions of developments across Europe, state policies and the EU's relations with neighbouring states.

Geopolitics of European Union Enlargement will be of key interest to students and researchers in the fields of European politics, geography, international studies, sociology and anthropology.

chapter |8 pages


Borders in an unequal world
ByWarwick Armstrong

chapter |21 pages

Singular Europe

An empire once again?
ByJames Anderson

chapter |19 pages

From empire to the European Union via the national state

The three ages of the Irish border
ByLiam O’Dowd

chapter |17 pages

Creating border space in Ireland

An EU approach to ethno-national threat and insecurity
ByCathal McCall

chapter |12 pages

Coping with ‘Fortress Europe'

Views from four seaports on the Spanish–Moroccan border
ByHenk Driessen

chapter |17 pages

Europe and Islam

Partnership or peripheral dependence?
ByGeorge Joffé

chapter |18 pages

Inside/outside the European Union

Enlargement, migration policy and the search for Europe's identity
ByBrigitta Busch, Michał Krzyżanowski

chapter |17 pages

Fixing capitalism and Europe's peripheries

West European imperialism
ByJames Anderson, Ian Shuttleworth

chapter |18 pages

Carving out a ‘ring of friends'

The impact of the ENP on the shape of Europe
ByPertti Joenniemi

chapter |17 pages

New borders in a new Europe

Eliminating and making borders in Central Europe
ByMilan Bufon, Anton Gosar

chapter |15 pages

Citizenship beyond the state

On the formation of civil society in the Three-Border Region
ByRobert Minnich

chapter |14 pages

Evolution and perspectives on intercultural coexistence at the Slovene–Italian border

ByMateja Sedmak, Vesna Mikolič, Marina Furlan

chapter |17 pages

Ideologies of ‘Fortress Europe' in two Slovenian–Croatian borderlands

Case studies from Žumberak and Bela Krajina 1
ByDuška Knežević Hočevar

chapter |15 pages

Fortress frontiers

Global power, global and local justice
ByWarwick Armstrong