"A detailed, engaging picture of the fifth enlargement from the perspective of both Brussels and the ten new member states... Given the political history of the new members, their perspective not only reveals the complexity of the enlargement processes, but also the country-specific obstacles and personal frustrations the negotiators had to deal with and overcome...Highly recommended."--CHOICE
About the Author
George Vassiliou was elected President of the Republic of Cyprus in 1988 for a five-year term. During this period he worked hard to achieve a solution of the Cyprus problem and improved the functioning of the public sector. As a result of several reforms, the economy improved substantially, the GDP per capita nearly doubled and in 1991 Cyprus was able to apply for membership of the E.U. In 1992 it became possible to link the Cyprus pound to the ECU. One of his major achievements during this period was the establishment of the University of Cyprus.