Croatia Joins Europe

Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Simon Serfaty

Committee Member

Regina Karp

Committee Member

Kurt T. Gaubatz

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 K68 2013


On 1 July 2013 the Republic of Croatia will officially become the 28th member of the European Union. History of Croatia has always kept it on the brink of Europe. The case study of this enlargement examines the relations between Cr9atia and the European Union since Croatia became independent in 1991. This relation is divided into two eras, one of mutual distancing and the other of mutual rapprochement. The thesis aims to identify the dimensions of Croatian road to the EU membership which differ it from other accessions. Now, in the eve of enlargement both Croatia and the European Union face serious economic, social and political problems which they will have to solve together. The thesis examines these problems and ties them to the policies followed during the accession period. Solutions for current problems are seen in reexamining those policies and remembering the principles both Croatia and the European Union were founded on in order to validate this enlargement.


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