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Misha Glenny's Brave New Europe

Misha Glenny
Misha Glenny
In a new series for the Westminster Hour in April and May 2004, historian Misha Glenny presents three essays looking at how the new entrant countries will affect an enlarged European Union.

Part One

On 28 April, Poland's capital Warsaw welcomed over one thousand of Europe's top politicians and businessmen to take part in an Economic Summit to mark the enlargement of the European Union.

That Poland hosted the summit is fitting. With 38 million people it's by far the largest of the new member countries.

But as historian Misha Glenny argues in the first of his three talks Brave New Europe, it's not just size that makes Poland first among equals.

Click here to listen to Part One of Brave New Europe

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Part Two

In the second part of his series Misha Glenny gives his view of what some of the new members of the club bring to the common table.

Click here to listen to Part Two of Brave New Europe

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Part Three

On Saint Patrick's Day this year - 17 March - Kosovo returned to our headlines. The news was not good: people had died in a bloody riot which the international peacekeeping troops had been unable to contain.

This, says Misha Glenny, is not the end of the story. As he argues in the last of his talks marking this month's enlargement of the European Union, it is the Balkans that are the looming challenge the EU cannot afford to ignore.

Click here to listen to Part Three of Brave New Europe

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