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Romania and the European UnionHow the Weak Vanquished the Strong$
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Tom Gallagher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719077432

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719077432.001.0001

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NATO, the EU and Romania's strategy of duplicity

NATO, the EU and Romania's strategy of duplicity

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Romania and the European Union

Tom Gallagher

Manchester University Press

This chapter investigates the strategy of duplicity exercised by the post-2000 government, both in its bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and to become a member of the European Union (EU). It shows how EU vigilance over child care briefly led to a crisis between the EU and Romania, and how failings in the EU's untidy system of decision making enabled the Partidul Social Democrat (PSD) (Social Democratic Party) to regain the initiative after a short time. The Partnership for Peace programme opened the possibility of future NATO membership without allowing any real participation in NATO's current decision making. The EU was surrendering to the Romanian state approach of relying on changes whose existence was confined to documents and regulations. The PSD mounted a major diplomatic offensive to change hearts and minds in the corridors of power in the Parliament, Council and at the top of the EU Commission.

Keywords:   duplicity, NATO, European Union, Romania, child care, Partidul Social Democrat, Social Democratic Party, decision making

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