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Ludger Kühnhardt

About Ludger Kühnhardt

Professor Ludger Kühnhardt is Director of the Centre for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and professor of political science at Bonn University. He worked as journalist, served as speechwriter for German Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker, was Professor of Political Science at Freiburg University and visiting professor at prestigious universities around the world. Twice, he was appointed a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington D.C. In 2004 he was awarded the European Science Prize of the European Cultural Foundation.

Leaving SEE with no prospects of EU enlargement won’t facilitate their normalcy

When Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, they were not particularly welcomed. While the countries that entered the EU in 2004 carried something of a value-added basis, the welcome for Romania and Bulgaria was qualified by a trouble-added basis. The most serious concerns were economic backwardness, political oligarchism, minority issues, especially about the Roma, and unstable legal structures.

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