European Union in European Politics since 1989

The course provides students with the understanding of the development of the European Union (EU) by considering the processes of political, economic and security change taking place in the European politics after 1989.

The course makes students familiar with the historical development of the European integration process (including the construction of single market and the strategy changing as a result of the cold war ending), EU position in world economy, its push to create a single currency in the twelve member states of the European Monetary Union, issues of the expansion of the EU scope of action in the Treaty on European Union (1992), Treaty of Amsterdam (1997), Treaty of Nice (2001), and with other important decisions and their consequences for relations between EU institutions and EU member states and between the EU and other parts of Europe, as well as the rest of the world.

At the and of the course the students shall be also able to understand the major political and economic problems of the EU concerning the inclusion of countries of central and eastern Europe, and its latest political-constitutional development. Students will be able to evaluate development of European integration after important changes of primary law and compare decision-making mechanisms after each revivion.