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European Union, Austria, international relations, economics, politics, EU membership


Economics | European History | International and Area Studies | International Law | Political Science


"There was only the following alternative: be inside (the European Union) as an equal partner, or outside at the mercy of a big, albeit usually benevolent neighbor to represent our interest within the club..." This quote sums up in a few words Austria's decision to become a part of the European Union (EU). Austria could either become a part of a greater union and endure the consequences of full membership, or stay on the outside to suffer the possible economic and political consequences of not being a member. This paper examines the historical context behind this decision, as well as the short term political and economic ramifications of Austria's decision to become a full member of the EU.

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International Relations


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