It is a remarkable compliment to the magnetism of the European Union (EU) – often overlooked by those who are already inside – that so many countries wish to join. In fact, for most of its life, the Union – previously the European Community and originally the European Economic Community – has been negotiating with those wanting to be admitted.
It is no coincidence that, as the Union prepares to enlarge, its members are once again discussing the basic questions: what do we want to do together – the EU’s ‘ﬁnality’; how should we do it? – its constitution and its institutions; and where will enlargement end? – its ultimate geographic conﬁguration.