How Polish and Czech Political Actors Link Western Integration to Eastern Policies

Research question/goal: 

The project examines the consequences of the integration of Poland and the Czech Republic into NATO and EU on their relations with the succesor states of the Soviet Union. The prime objective is to investigate whether the entry of these states into existing Western structures leads to the emergence of a new borderline in Europe. Furthermore, the project aims to find out to what extent the political actors in Poland and the Czech Republic perceive such a danger and what strategies they develop to respond to this risk.

Fact sheet

1999 to 2004
Data Sources: 
primary and secondary literature, document analysis, intervi



Weichsel, Volker (2007): Tschechien in Europa: Nationalpolitische Traditionen und integrationspolitische Konzepte. Berlin: LIT. [Studien zu Konflikt und Kooperation im Osten; 16] more
Bieniek, Markus (2005): Polens Westintegration und Ostpolitik. Vorstellungen unterschiedlicher politischer Kräfte im Vergleich. Münster: LIT Verlag. [Studien zu Konflikt und Kooperation in Osteuropa; 13] more
Sahm, Astrid, Manfred Sapper and Volker Weichsel (Eds.) (2002): Die Zukunft des Friedens. Eine Bilanz der Friedens- und Konfliktforschung. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag. more
Weichsel, Volker (2001): Westintegration und Rußlandpolitik der Tschechischen Republik. Münster-Hamburg-London: Lit Verlag. [Studien zu Konflikt und Kooperation im Osten; 9] more