The Challenges of Incorporating the Visegrad Countries into the European Union.
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The fall of communism which swept through Eastern Europe in 1989 brought euphoric energy across the European continent as newspapers splashed moving pictures portraying laughter, tears, confusion and hope. The economic and political landscape was significantly altered and yet it did not seem to matter, for change was good. Freedom was viewed as opportunity, prosperity and finally a chance for peace to mean more than merely the absence of war. Five years later, the dust has settled, the euphoria has waned and the smiles have been replaced by the ever so familiar weathered stone faces of hardship. This peaceful revolution removed the daily threat of mutually assured destruction from the European Unions EU 1 door and yet, as a community, it has been done little to ensure the success of the infant democracies of Eastern Europe EE . Recognizing the lack of the EUs initiative to come to their aid, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have each made it a major agenda item for themselves, that they become full members of the EU as soon as possible.
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