In May 2004, the European Union accepted 10 new countries, raising the total from 15 to 25 member states, with a combined population of 454 million people. The addition of eight East/Central European nations is a milestone in the EU's plan to integrate Western Europe with the formerly communist world, a plan that was in the making since 1989 when communism fell and an unprecedented opportunity arose to broaden the boundaries of democracy.
Eight post-communist countries have adopted political and economic reforms that gained them entry into the European Union, but serious challenges lie ahead.
Television interview with John Sitilides, CNN International
Article, The Washington Times
Article, Associated Press
SPECIAL REPORT: Balkan Politics: Different Views and Perceptions, Common Interests and Platforms – A Greater Role for the EU?Jun 04, 2004
Interview with John Sitilides, Trud(Bulgarian text)
Article, The Weekely Standard
Book Review, The New York Sun