Welcome to the Institute of European Studies project to promote dialogue about EU-Canada relations. Here you will find traditional research in the form of brief policy papers and analysis. The site is also an interface for the public to express their opinions on EU-Canada relations in general and economic and environmental cooperation in particular. The site will hopefully act as a gateway to the wider news and opinion forums that are available.
A recent report from the Heinrich Böll Foundation, entitled Twenty Years After: Post-Communist Countries and European Integration, is reflective and ambitious in opening new avenues about the present and the future of the European continent. It would thus be unfair to consider it as simply another study on the integration of the Eastern European countries in the EU after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The report is much more than that, for it reviews how (and if) the hopes of those countries after the collapse of the communism have materialized. It evaluates how the EU expectations regarding structural change and integration have been met, and, more generally, which are the challenges, successes and failures of a (re)united Europe, and where its boundaries lay.