Civil Society and EU Enlargement

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Democracy promotion and support for civil society have been key defining elements of the enlargement policy since the Eastern Enlargement. A working democracy is a political requirement to join the European Union and a vibrant civil society is perceived as evidence of democracy and good governance at work because it allows citizens to freely associate and engage in civic action. This chapter analyses the European Union’s transformative role through the lens of its enlargement policy’s civil society promotion strategy in candidate countries and to place this analysis in the wider debate about democracy in the EU and the standing of its enlargement policy in the aftermath of the financial crisis.